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A Visit from John Rhys-Davies

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Published: 22-07-2021

John came to our True Lens Services offices to pick up his Elemack Spyder-Dolly that we have serviced for him, he then stuck around to tell us what he has been up to, some fantastic stories.

The Elemack Spyder Dolly

The Elemack Spyder Dolly (or Octopus as it is known in some countries) has been quite a unique piece of equipment from the very start (1960s), originally invented by an Italian Engineer, Sante Zelli. The original Elemack Spyder Dolly had a single column with an integral foot-operated hydraulic pump and adjustable wheels. The adjustable wheels meant that the user was able to change from a four-wheel crab to two-wheel steer, run on a smooth floor or on a track. Over the years the design has been modified and adapted to modern day use.

John also dropped off his very own Bausch & Lomb Baltar lens, which we look forward to servicing/rehousing for him.

Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar lens

The Bausch and Lomb Super Baltar range go back to the 1950’s. These lenses were filming industry’s standard when it came to filming classic movies like The Godfather. True Lens Services can service or rehouse these lenses to bring them up-to-date to the digital era. The lenses will provide your viewers with a classic and distinct retro look, with a warm feel, low contrasts and unique flare characteristics.

It turned out to be a very good day in the office. A privilege to do business with such an amazing actor!