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Of course, Eye's collection of film equipment contains many cameras, film reels, and projectors, but there is also focus on “pre-cinema objects”: the forerunners of cinema. These consist of a group of devices that have influenced the development of film recording and projection, the moving image, and how films are presented.

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Examples include the magic lantern, which is about light and colour, and the zoetrope, which evokes the illusion of movement. The collection also contains recording and projection equipment for a very wide range of film formats, running all the way through film history.

You’ll find some real eye-catchers in Eye's Panorama, such as the shell-shaped mutoscope from around 1900, which is actually an automated flipbook. But there are also more inconspicuous “stars”, such as the Kinamo, a super-compact 35mm camera from 1924, which set in motion a revolution among amateur filmmakers.

Film equipment (incl. a mutoscope) in the permanent presentation
© Mike Bink

Several of the best pieces are exhibited in Eye's Panorama.

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