Arriflex turrets build up post war

LIFE photo for Arriflex cameras in early 1947

Toronto. My thanks to George Dunbar for this LIFE photograph in the February 1947 issue and his sharp eye that identified the turrets as those for the famous professional Arriflex cameras. The photograph shows the unintended problems caused by dividing post war Germany into zones controlled by the various victorious countries.

The German Arriflex could not obtain lenses because Zeiss was now in the Russian zone while the alternative lens maker, Schneider had fallen in the French zone, neither of whom could (would?) send lenses to Arri of Munich in the American zone.

Arriflex cameras are well known today as the camera of choice for Hollywood movie making. And of course Zeiss, Schneider and Arriflex are still in business.

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