James's Camera Collection: Movie Cameras

Roundup of Revere and Wollensak Movie Cameras

Revere ladyThis is a listing of every important Revere and Wollensak movie camera of which I am aware. I am not going to list one-ofs, specialty, or minor variants.

Revere Camera made movie cameras beginning around 194(tbd). Wollensak-branded cameras appear around 1955. Both ended around 1963 after Revere/Wollensak was purchased by 3M. For more information, see my brief history of Revere/Wollensak.

Some notes on the table data below:

Cameras are listed roughly by model number, then by name.

Make: Revere Camera purchased Wollensak Optical and used the name as a product line concurrent with Revere's.

Model: Model names with links go to a separate web page on this site; it means that I have this camera in my collection.

A special note about Revere's practices: for years they made cameras (e.g. the Revere 8) with the model number appended (e.g. the Revere 8 Model 70), and then often referred to it in advertising by the model number in quotes (e.g. the "70"). For simplicity, I just list model numbers.

Film Type: 8mm film was typically sold either as spools or magazines. According to Kodak's history of Super 8mm Film, magazines of this era were labor-intensive and prone to jamming, and were more expensive than their spool counterparts. Camera-makers typically offered two versions of the same camera, identical except that one took spool film and the other magazines. The latter was typically more expensive.

Both Revere and Wollensak often introduced identical models in pairs, one number apart (e.g. the Wollensak Models 43 and 44); the sole difference being that one model took magazines and the other spool film, or they had different stock lenses.

Lens Type: Fixed means it has one lens permanently mounted. Turret means that there is a rotating mount with (usually) three lenses. Note that many turret cameras were sold with only one; additional lenses were extra. Zoom means the lens had a variable focal range and was manually adjusted. Power Zoom is a zoom controlled by an electric motor.

Lens: Focal lengths are given where known, but typically only max apertures were quoted in advertising specs. B&L stands for Bausch & Lomb; unnamed lenses are likely Wollensak.

Exposure: Eye-matic was Revere's trademark for selenium-cell exposure control. Many Eye-matic cameras were automatic-only; manual override cost extra, and is listed in the "other" column as a special feature.

Focus: Fixed means the lens has "universal" focus and cannot be changed; it's also the least expensive. Variable means that the lens must be focused by the operator. Note that on turret cameras, it is common to have one variable-focus lens (usually the tele) and the others are fixed.

Docs: links to operator's/owner's manual. I have only included links where the models match up properly; however, you many of the instruction manuals will be useful for close-cousin models. E.g. the Revere CA-3 and CA-4 are identical to the CA-1 and CA-2, with the sole exception that the former take magazines and the latter spools. The link to the CA-1/-2 manual won't be applicable for film handling, but would be applicable for everything else.

Revere is one of those company's that's not well documented at all. The vast bulk of my information comes from manufacturer advertising. If you have more or better info, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know.

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Model
Format
Circa Film Type
Lens Type
Lens
Focus
Exposure
Other
Price
Ad
Docs
16
16mm
1955 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$182.50
   
26
16mm
1955 Magazine
Turret
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$212.50
   
36
16mm
1955 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/2.5
Manual
 
$139.50
 
38
16mm
1955 Magazine
Turret
Fixed
Manual
 
$169.50
 
8mm
1955 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/2.5
Manual
 
$99.50
44
8mm
1956 Magazine
Turret
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$164.50
 
55
8mm
1956 Spool
Fixed
12.7mm ƒ/2.8
Manual
"scene fade" device
$69.50
   
70
8mm
1947 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/2.8
Manual
aka Magazine 8 Model 70
$127.50
link
 
80
8mm
1956 Spool
Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$122.50
   
84
8mm
1956 Spool
Turret
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$147.50
   
88
8mm
1947 Spool
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/2.5
Fixed
Manual
 
$77.50
   
88
8mm
1947 Spool
Fixed
12.9mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
Also available with fixed-focus ƒ/2.5 Wollensak $77.50 (per Peerless catalog 1947)
$104.50
   
99
8mm
1947 Spool
Turret
13mm ƒ/2.8 B&L Animar
Fixed
Manual
 
$110.00
   
99
8mm
1947 Spool
Turret
13mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
 
$137.50
   
B-61
8mm
1956 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$146.50
   
B-63
8mm
1956 Magazine
Turret
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$177.50
   
CA-1
8mm
1958 Spool
Fixed
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$139.50
8mm
1958 Spool
Turret
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$169.50
CA-3
8mm
1958 Magazine
Fixed
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$169.50
CA-4
8mm
1958 Magazine
Turret
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$199.50
 
CA-7
8mm
1959 Spool
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$179.50
 
CA-8
8mm
1959 Magazine
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$209.50
 
C-34
16mm
1959 Magazine
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/1.5
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$234.00
   
C-35
16mm
1959 Magazine
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/1.5
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$264.00
   
C-36
16mm
1959 Magazine
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/2.5
Fixed
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$169.50
   
C-37
16mm
1959 Magazine
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$194.50
   
C-38
16mm
1959 Magazine
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/2.5
Fixed
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$199.50
   
C-39
16mm
1959 Magazine
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$264.00
   
C-101
16mm
1956 Spool
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/2.5
Fixed
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$169.50
   
C-102
16mm
1956 Spool
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$194.50
   
C-103
16mm
1956 Spool
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/2.5
Fixed
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$199.50
   
C-104
16mm
1956 Spool
Fixed
12.5mm ƒ/1.5
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$233.50
   
C-105
16mm
1956 Spool
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/1.9
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$224.50
   
C-106
16mm
1956 Spool
Turret
12.5mm ƒ/1.5
Variable
Manual
per Sears catalog 1959
$264.00
   
C-114
8mm
1960 Spool
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
 
$139.50
 
C-115
8mm
1960 Magazine
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
 
$159.50
 
C-116
8mm
1960 Spool
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
 
$189.50
 
C-117
8mm
1960 Magazine
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
 
$209.50
 
C-118-D
8mm
1960 Spool
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
w/ manual exposure override
$199.50
 
C-119-D
8mm
1960 Magazine
Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
w/ manual exposure override
$219.50
 
C-141
8mm
1962 Spool
Zoom
9-30mm ƒ/1.8
Variable
Eye-Matic
Same as C-143 below but manual zoom
$124.98
 
C-143
8mm
1962 Spool
Power Zoom
9-30mm ƒ/1.8
Variable
Eye-Matic
Same as C-153 below but conventional viewfinder
$124.98
 
C-144
8mm
1962 Magazine
Power Zoom
9-30mm ƒ/1.8
Variable
Eye-Matic
Same as C-154 below but conventional viewfinder
$124.98
 
C-153
8mm
1962 Spool
Power Zoom
9-30mm ƒ/1.8
Variable
Eye-Matic
Reflex viewfinder
$168.00
 
C-154
8mm
1962 Magazine
Power Zoom
9-30mm ƒ/1.8
Variable
Eye-Matic
Reflex viewfinder
$184.00
 
 
 

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Model
Format
Circa Film Type Lens Type
Lens
Exposure
Other
Price
Ad
Docs
23
8mm
1956 Magazine Turret
6.5mm,
13mm ƒ/1.9,
38mm ƒ/2.5
Manual
 
$239.50
   
28
8mm
1957 Magazine Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$139.50
   
8mm
1957 Spool Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$69.50
44
8mm
1957 Spool Turret
ƒ/1.9
Manual
 
$99.50
46
8mm
1958 Spool Turret
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$139.50
47
8mm
1958 Spool Single
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
 
$89.50
C-51
8mm
1960 Spool Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $154.50
C-52
8mm
1960 Magazine Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $174.50
53
8mm
1955 Spool Turret 13mm ƒ/1.9,
6.5mm ƒ/1.9,
38mm ƒ/2.5
Manual
  $199.50
C-56
8mm
1960 Spool Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $184.50
C-56-D
8mm
1960 Spool Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
  $199.50
C-57
8mm
1960 Magazine Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $204.50
C-57-D
8mm
1960 Magazine Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
  $219.50
58
8mm
1955 Spool Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
  $124.50
C-74
8mm
1960 Spool Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $194.50
C-74-D
8mm
1960 Spool Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
w/manual exposure $209.50
C-75
8mm
1960 Magazine Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Manual
  $214.50
C-75-D
8mm
1960 Magazine Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-matic
w/manual exposure $229.50
C-78
8mm
1961   Power Zoom
ƒ/1.8
Eye-Matic
  $199.50
91
16mm
1956 Magazine Fixed
ƒ/1.9
Manual
  $187.50    
93
16mm
1956 Magazine Turret
17mm ƒ/2.5,
35mm ƒ/1.9,
3-in. ƒ/2.8
Manual
  $287.50    

 

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