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Cameras in music videos … Kodak × ERIMAJ

So, it’s been a while … It seems there’s not a lot of cameras in music videos these days, and as much as I would love to see Oddisee do one with his, it just hasn’t happened yet.
But as luck would have it, I came across ERIMAJ on Facebook, and voila, I’m back in the blogging game!

Kodak Brownie Starflex
Photo by Lindsey

In this video for “Conflict of a Man” vocalist Chris Turner is sporting the beautiful Kodak Brownie Starflex. This fancy piece of plastic first saw the light of day in 1957, and at a price of $10 it featured two settings marked “Color” (EV 13) and “B & W” (EV 14). What more do you need, right?

I’m not sure the acrylic Dakon lens would let anyone take the kind of close-ups displayed, but the lady doesn’t seem to care, so who am I to start pointing at details?

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Cameras in music videos … Konica × Aloe Blacc

The fact that I’m both a father as well as an analog enthusiast is part of the reason that this video for “You Make Me Smile” actually makes me smile.
In it Aloe Blacc plays the part of a struggling photographer surrounding himself with cameras and sporting both the Speed Graphic (Remember Sir Mix-a-Lot?) as well as a Konica S.

Konica S
Photo by David Broglin

The Konica S, introduced in 1959, was the first semi-automatic rangefinder by Konica.
It had an exposure meter and––in Blacc’s case––an 45/2.8 Hexar lens. Other variants had the 48/2 or 48/1.8 Hexanon.

Photo by Thomas

Also, in the back of the kitchen scene is a bunch of Kodak Portra sheet film. I’m still a little bummed out over the fact that they dropped the NC and VC, but I guess the new ones will do.

Photo by Matt Nuzzaco

By the way, the video is directed by photographer Eric Coleman, but that’s a whole different story.

Cameras in music videos … Nikon × Duran Duran

In 1981 Duran Duran used a Nikon FE to capture three femmes fatales on a fashion runway in their video for “Girls On Film”.
The camera is seen with a Nikkor-s Auto 1:2.8 f=35mm–and possibly an MD-11 or MD-12 motor drive.

Nikon FE
Picture by Alfredo Hantsch

The song begins with a recording of the rapid whirring of a motor drive on a camera. It was recorded at Air Studios with a Nikon camera which manager Paul Berrow had borrowed for the day from his father.

Oh, and if you ask me, I’m guessing that the film loaded in the beginning of the video is a roll of Tri-x 135-36 ASA 400/27 DIN.

Cameras in music videos … Nikon × Elton John

In 1985 Elton John used the Nikon FM2 with a MD-12 motordrive to capture the beautiful borderguard in the video for “Nikita”.
Obviously he hadn’t done a lot of zooming prior to the video shoot.

Nikon FM2
Picture by David Guimarães

The FM2n (1983) was available in either black or chrome finish. The camera is fully mechanical; its meter (and only its meter) requires two PX76 batteries or one CR 1/3N lithium battery. There is a 1–1/4000 sec shutter speed range, plus B; and an ISO range of 12–6400. Focusing screens are interchangeable (Type III screens for the FM3A can be used). The MD-12 motordrive was optional.

I wonder what kind of slide film he used … Probably Ektachrome, since Velvia wasn’t available until 1990.

Kodak Ektachrome 160 135
Picture by Vincenzo Reina