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Christen DB1 and DB2 leaflet

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Professional as well as amateur movie makers have always been looking for a way of seeing the exact picture recorded on the film.

Classic viewfinders, with their need for parallax correction, could only give a more or less approximate indication of the field of view.

Certain so-called reflex finders came a good deal nearer to an ideal solution but most of them still could not overcome the flickering of the image due to the shutter. Besides, their design necessarily involved a certain loss of visual image brightness.

With the Christen you are the first to view your film

With the camera running, observe the subject through the CHRISTEN integral reflex finder and see for yourself:

The CHRISTEN movie camera projects the same image on the retina of your eye as it does onto your film. You constantly see exactly the scene which your film records. You are the first to see your film as it really is. Moreover, the CHRISTEN integral reflex finder yields an extra-luminous and enlarged image, precisely framed, whatever the lens on your camera. Above all, this image is exceptionally brilliant, and steady without any flickering. This perfect integral reflex finder system makes the CHRISTEN movie camera the only 8 mm. instrument which gives the amateur the viewing convenience of the professional cameraman.

Christen reflex viewing system

1. The new integral reflex finder

2. Footage counter

3. Frame counter

4. Besancon clockwork motor

5. Safety lock for release

6. Built-in back winding handle

7. Cable release socket

8. Running speeds (8, 16, 24 and 48 frames per second)

9. Continuous running and single frame release

10. Automatic loading

Christen DB1

Available with any of the following interchangeable lenses:

- standard half inch (12.5 mm.) Berthiot f/1.8

- Servo-Cinar with automatic aperture control

- Zoom or Pan-Cinor, or any other lens with standard type D international thread

- New integral reflex finder

- Automatic loading

- Four speeds: 8, 16, 24 and 48 frames per second as well as single frame release

- Built-in back-winding mechanism

- Footage counter and frame counter

- Cable release

- Besancon clockwork motor

Christen DB2

The first reflex movie camera with two lenses:

- standard half inch (12.5 mm.) Berthiot f/1.8

- 35 mm. or 2 inch (50 mm.) Berthiot tele lens or any other lens with standard type D international thread

- New integral reflex finder

- Automatic loading

- Four speeds: 8, 16, 24 and 48 frames per second as well as single frame release

- Built-in back-winding mechanism

- Footage counter and frame counter

- Cable release

- Besancon clockwork motor

You can comfortably frame your field of view and accurately focus even while shooting.

Exceptionally Brilliant Image

No appreciable falling off on adjusting the aperture, always visible and absolutely free from flicker. The optical system of the finder, having no moving parts, is completely independent of the shutter.

Accurate View

The image seen through the finder is the same as that recorded on the film, but seen a hundred-fold magnified in area (visual scale 1 - 2 times natural scale with the 12.5 mm. lens).

Focusing Five Times More Precise than with the lens

The optical system of the CHRISTEN reflex finder magnifies the possible lens setting errors five-fold. In effect you focus through a magnifying lens. This guarantees films of extraordinary pin-point sharpness.

Christen accessories

This marvel of motion picture technique gives you the full range from wide-angle to telephoto shots. By simply moving a leve you have all focal lengths at your fingertips. These lenses are equally suitable for tracking shots without moving the camera.

And as these lenses are coupled with the CHRISTEN integral reflex finder, which permits focussing during shooting, you cover every aspect of movie camera technique in the simplest possible way.

BERTHIOT PAN-CINOR 8 to 40

Continuous range of focal lengths from 8 to 40 mm.

ANGENIEUX ZOOM 9 to 36

Continuous range of focal lengths from 9 to 36 mm.

 

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