File RG 102.39 - EMI 203 Image Orthicon Television camera, pedestal, lens case, and instruction manual

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EMI 203 Image Orthicon Television camera, pedestal, lens case, and instruction manual

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RG 102.39

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  • c1960 (Creation)

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10 cm of textual records
1 TV camera (b&w) on pedestal
1 case of camera lenses

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EMI 203 Image Orthicon television camera is installed on ITE pedestal. Included in the file are :

  • EMI manual, Electronics Instruction Manual for Camera Channel, Type 203
  • 1 case for camera lenses

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Donated by the RTA School of Media


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The camera was one of three used in RTA's Studio A (Kerr Hall East, Room 221) until about 1968 when the studio transitioned to colour. The camera was manufactured in the UK from 1960 -1966.

It contains a single 4.5 inch image orthicon tube that produced monochrome images. The camera operator framed and focused the image on the built-in view finder. When built, there was no zoomar lens, there, the camera has four primary lenses mounted on the front turret. If a director needed the shot to move from a wide angle (short) lens to a close up (long lens), another camera or image had to be selected in the control room. In the intervening seconds, the camera person had to "rack over" (rotate the turret) to the appropriate lens, focus it and frame the shot ready for the "take" command on the intercom.

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