Spot the classic

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by longname, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. "The Public Eye" starring Joe Pesci on, if you have time to fill.
  2. There is a lot to see of pre-war photographing in this movie. However, it is not 100 % correct.
    There is a scene where the "public eye" does infrared shots at night. I wonder if there is more infrared light than visible light at night, however, I also wonder how the reporter does the focussing for infrared film?
    At least in the german version, when shooting inside an ambulance car, he mutters exposure details (speed and aperture) which would not be possible even with today's high speed film.
    In one of the last scenes, he uses an Exakta with a pentaprism which was introduced some years AFTER WWII.
  3. There's a version with Topol on hulu too, but it's late. Did he have an IR filter on?
    nevermind no cameras in the second one...
  4. Thanks for the Tip! I've never managed to see this film. Joe Pesci seems to jhave the Weegee look and I'm willing to overlook a few technical problems in the name of entertainment while viewing the "Naked City "
  5. I enjoyed the movie despite the few quibbles. I don't remember how he shot the infrared, but should mention that Weegee was fairly famous for shooting infrared in theaters and the like. I imagine one could focus by guesswork at night, simply displacing the guessed focus a bit. I think by then at least some lenses had infrared marks for this.
  6. IR at night would be done by IR flashbulbs, which had a filter such that they only gave off IR light. Big flashbulbs. Not visible to the subject.
  7. If my memory is correct you could buy a dip to convert any flash bulb to IR. Never tried it myself

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