HAWAIIAN ISLAND VINTAGE SURF AUCTION OFFERS ONE OF A KIND 35MM FILM CAMERA

HAWAIIAN ISLAND VINTAGE SURF AUCTION OFFERS ONE OF A KIND 35MM FILM CAMERA

AUCTION IS SATURDAY, JULY 23


Surf photography/videography is always hip, and every generation has had its cool film guy. Hard to imagine anyone could top the ingenuity of George Greenough – an experimental/experiential surfer and the guy who did the ground-breaking water photography of the time for Big Wednesday (’78)…
As Randy Rarick says at the time, the Arriflex 35 II C was the film camera that made “new wave” hand-held filming possible. While production of this particular camera ceased the same year Big Wednesday came out, many film professionals still consider this to be one of the best designed cameras ever made and they are still in use…These cameras are coveted in original form, but Greenough’s is a one-of-a-kind. He put 500 hours of modification time into his to make it possible to operate it within the original water housing he designed specifically for it to shoot Big Wednesday

Greenough says: “This camera was custom built to shoot surfing in 35mm using Panavision lenses up to 200mm. The original camera is an Arriflex II C. The problem with putting this camera in a housing was weight. You couldn’t focus and hold the camera at the same time. I needed a balanced shoulder mounted camera to be able to pull focus while shooting. I had to redesign the viewfinder, take the camera apart and build a waterproof, light-tight housing for it. This took about 500 hours to do. The end result was excellent balance while shooting Big Wednesday. I used lenses up to 200mm shooting off a mat. The camera is easy to pull focus while shooting”…

 

 

Greenough is selling his camera – still in full working order – with all of the original lenses, pristine condition. Pre-auction estimate: $10,000-$15,000…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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