Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New in Products, Services and Literature

Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New in Products, Services and Literature

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A new Full Immersion Wet Continuous Contact Color Additive Panel Printer was recently introduced by Peterson Enterprises Inc., 1840 Pickwick Ave., Glenview, III. 60025.

The printer specifically designed for the reduction or elimination of existing base scratches, abrasions, or cinch marks on negatives also reduces "white spots" that are caused by negative dust or dirt. Both the picture negative and the rawstock are fully immersed in the picturehead tank while traveling in contact over the aperture assembly. The aperture is on the top side at 12 o'clock, the same as in all Peterson Panel Printers, allowing for ease of threading in a similar straight-through threading path.

The soundtrack is printed dry and is therefore printed prior to the picturehead. The soundtrack negative is therefore never subjected to the wetting agent used in the printing of the picture negative.

The wetting solution used is a vapor degreasing grade of Perchlorethylene which is contained in two stainless steel tanks: one Reservoir Tank and a Fill Tank. Float level switches in the Reservoir Tank activate light on the front panel indicating solution level. The Fill Tank is a gravity-feed tank which assists the pump in filling the picturehead tank. Time elapsed in filling the picturehead tank when making ready for printing is one minute and a like time is required for draining. In-line liquid level sensors maintain a constant level of solution in the printing tank at all times.

This printer is of the modular concept and many of the accessories such as Soundhead, Fader, Frame Count Cuing or R.F. Cuing and automatic light valves systems can be added if so desired.


Alan Gordon Enterprises Inc. of Hollywood and North Hollywood, California, has purchased the Bell & Howell Company's professional 70 and 71-Design camera business, it has been announced by the two companies.

In addition to the famous Bell & Howell 70 and 71 cameras, also known as the 16mm Filmo and the 35mm Eyemo, the purchase includes accessories, parts and manufacturing tooling for the line. The sale does not affect Bell & Howell's amateur or educational equipment nor does it involve B&H professional printers or other equipment relating to the B&H professional division.

More than 50,000 cameras in the 70 and 71 line have been manufactured by B&H since the early 190Os and the cameras still are regarded as among the most outstanding of their type in professional cinematography.

Under the terms of the purchase, AGE Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of professional motion picture equipment since the company was founded more than 30 years ago, assumed all aspects of the sales, servicing and repairing of the 70 and 71 line as of February, 1979.

In commenting on the purchase, AGE Inc. President Grant Loucks said, "The name Bell & Howell has long been synonymous with outstanding photographic equipment and we are pleased to be able to continue to offer one of the most popular camera lines ever developed by B&H.

"We feel the B&H 70 and 71-Design cameras are vital tools for the professional cinematographer and in addition to supplying new cameras, we will have available all parts plus the service and repair that was previously provided by Bell & Howell," Loucks added. …

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