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“A new development in the field of photography is the magic eye camera, capable of taking up to 64 pictures per second at shutter speeds of from 1/50 to 1/1000 second. This instrument was developed by Joseph A. Sprague and news cameramen and is now made by the National Cine Laboratories of New York.

In the photo coverage of sports, particularly, a special instrument has long been needed. The still camera, while it gives clear pictures which can be well reproduced, is too slow in operation to allow the photographer freedom in a fast-moving game like football or boxing. The still cameraman cannot be sure of getting the exact high moment in any action; he must moreover, change film or advance it to the next frame at a time when action may be important. The movie camera overcomes all of these difficulties, but does not usually have a shutter speed of more than 1/50 second. The frames of motion picture film give notoriously poor still images. ”

From ‘The Complete Photographer: An Encyclopedia of Photography’, Vol.7 – National Educational Alliance, NYC, 1949

Written by Priya Sen

January 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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