The VistaFlex camera features a tilting lens board and was designed by Sanford Kennedy and B.G. Engineering to be heavier-duty than the original Dykstraflex to reduce vibrations during operation. This specific system likely worked on all of Apogee's 1980s projects, including Caddyshack, Spaceballs, and Ghostbusters II. When Apogee disbanded in the early 1990s, the camera system was sold to Sony Pictures Imageworks, where it was employed on the production of films such as Speed, Starship Troopers, and Contact. During its time at SPI, the original open lattice-work of the arm was covered with additional metal sheets for a cleaner look, and stickers were applied by operators. The camera was sold off and later utilized in television productions during the 2000s before being retired as a collector's piece.
Included with the historic system is the original motion-control crane, "trojan helmet" rotator head head, camera, the custom electronic camera control box with Apogee logo engraved on the front, a wooden accessory box containing 4-perf and 8-perf movements, ground glass and viewing tube, an eyepiece and several other components, various cabling, and three manila folders containing several dozen printed copies of hand-drawn designs and paperwork from the development of the Vistaflex. This motion control system was fully functional at the time it was retired, though an experienced technician would be required to prepare and activate it again. Dimensions: 493 cm x 183 cm x 323 cm (194" x 72" x 127")
£15,000 - 25,000 US Δ
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This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.