Photo-Sonics Actionmaster-500 (aka Photosonics 16mm-1PL) and Angenieux 12-120 Lens


This standard 16mm camera was Photo-Sonics' most popular high-speed instrumentation film camera, originally launched in 1969. This camera is fitted with a reflexed front with Arri standard mount carries the Angenieux 12-120 lens and a rotatable viewfinder, making an excellent hand-held or shoulder-supported high speed 16mm film camera. The camera is a compact, self contained system, needing only external power. The camera comes with either a 'pistol grip' or 'shoulder pad-pistol grip' combination giving on/off camera control. Speed is accurately controlled by a digital phase-locked servo system, ranging from 10 to 500 fps. Built to a high standard with ruggedised components, it is suitable for use in harsh environments. Film magazines (200' & 400') are simple to load and are easily swapped a within a few seconds. The image is remarkably steady: there are two pulldown arms and two pins slide into film perforations holding the film steady, while a rotating shutter opens. That is, the mechanism is a pin registered movement, (aka 'intermittent film movement').
photo-sonics actionmaster 500 1PL

Features List:

  • Frame Rate = 10 to 500 frames in 3 seconds, infinitely variable 20 to 500 fps and selectable in two frame increments
  • Drive Motor = Single, permanent, magnet type
  • Power = 115VAC, ±10V, 50-400 Hz, 5A surge & 3A continuous 28VDC, ±4V, 24A surge & 12A continuous
  • Film Transport = Intermittent, single pulldown arm with two pins and two register pins
  • Shutter = Variable shutter ranges from 7.5° to 160° opening; fixed 90° shutter is optional
  • Timing Lights = Two LEDs, one on each side of the film outside picture area
  • Weight = Camera - 6 lbs, 200-Foot Magazine - 5 lbs (with film), 400-Foot Magazine - 8 lbs (with film)
  • Magazines = 200' daylight loading, 400' daylight loading


£1300 equipment (day rate) & £375 per 10 hours for operator (inc. travel time). Operator overtime hours would be charged at time-and-a-half.