CP-16

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The CP-16, CP-16A, CP-16R, CP-16R/A and CP-16R/DS cameras are 16mm motion picture cameras manufactured by the Cinema Products Corporation of Hollywood California. A range of cameras of Auricon ancestry. They were primarily intended for television news filming and were quite popular with local and national news agencies before the advent of portable videotape Electronic News Gathering, (ENG) formats, as well as documentary and drama production.

They featured a compact magnesium alloy body, a crystal locked drive system, interchangeable lenses, and a magnetic audio system with a built in mixer that recorded onto special pre-striped (and now discontinued) 16mm single perf magnetic sound film. It accepted both Mitchell and Cinema Products 400 foot film magazines.

The CP-16 series used a special 12-120mm Angenieux zoom lens with a prismatic viewfinder. The CP-16R series used a spinning mirror shutter.

CP-16: non-reflex 180° shutter,'C' lens mount, SPEMAG or COMMAG. CP-16/A: as above but with integral automatic COMMAG amplifier. CP-16R: 156° shutter reflex, CP (miniature BNCR) lens mount, SEPMAG or COMMAG with amplifier separate from camera. Later type has 170° focal plane shutter plus mirror reflex. CP-16R/A: as CP-16R but with integral COMMAG amplifier. CP-16R/ADS: as CP-16R but for SEPMAG (double system) sound only.

CP 16s are still often used in small productions and in film schools. Many of these cameras were donated or sold off when news crews adopted videotape.

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