Vintage B/W Video Cameras
1974: Sony AVC-1420 Consumer Vidicon Camera!
This is an early consumer
camera from Sony. The AVC-1420 uses a 2/3" vidicon camera and was intended
to compliment early Betamax VCRs and allow the consumer to shoot simple
home movies. The viewfinder is a simple peep sight type with a reticule
marked for either a 16mm lens or an 8mm lens. For close-up and/or wide
angle shooting. The camera head is connected to a small AC adapter via
a video coax that is terminated at both ends with UHF style connectors.
DC power is sent up this cable and video is sent back down. The video is
separated from the DC power, in the adapter, and passed on to another UHF
connector on the back. It is extremely easy to use, having full automatic
video level control, all the user has to do is focus. The first photo is
of the AC adapter unit setting atop my video monitor. Hmmmmm, it seems
that I've caught myself goofing off at work... The last photo shows the
camera with the removable hand grip installed. The lens is a simple 16mm,
f1.8 with fixed iris.
Don't dispair if you
have only an AVC-1420 camera head without the base unit. The camera head
can be adapted for external 12 volts DC very simply. Write and ask me how.
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