Museum of the Broadcast Television Camera

RCA 1939 Field Pickup Iconoscope Television Camera

RCA 1939 Field Pickup Iconoscope Television Camera

The design used a set of portable units, each the size of a suitcase; CCU with waveform and picture monitor, PSU, Sync. generator. A camera Auxiliary contained most of the camera electronics, it used two 8 foot lengths of cable to connect to the camera.

 

The cameraman had only the most rudimentary gun sight style viewfinder on the side of the camera. There was no control for focusing! This was done remotely by observing the picture on the display tube in the camera control unit, (CCU) the operator used a “Selsyn” generator-motor control system to move the lens in the camera. (see last picture).

 

 

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