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Look through the list below to find an answer. If you have a question about a topic that isn’t covered here, feel free to contact me. An eBay auction stated that it was.
Although the company still exists, this website mostly deals with the 16mm and 8mm cameras and equipment they produced from Click here for a general overview of the different models, or browse individually through the Camera Section.
Return to index Q: They were used by amateurs and professionals around the world for documentaries, family home movies, educational films, cartoon and manial animation, science and medical research, sports, nature studies, industrial safety and business training, time lapse study for solutions to automobile traffic congestion, commercial television production, newsreel footage, entertainment and much more.
As accurate as I can determine, given my sources of information accumulated over the past 20 years.
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I don’t claim to be an expert, and I encourage your corrections. If you feel certain facts need to be changed or clarified, just email me. My sources include, but are not limited to: First hand experience from the equipment I own or have used; official Paillard service and repair manuals for certified repair employees; Bolex instruction manuals; vintage magazine print advertising; Bolex product catalogs and sales brochures; the Bolex Reporter magazine articles and equipment reviews ; books written on the subject of Bolex, printed by Paillard and other publishers; collections of written correspondence between customers of Paillard Incorporated and its employees; correspondence between myself and former employees of Paillard-Bolex and Bolex camera dealers; authorized dealer material and intracompany correspondence.
The time period this website covers, in respect to Bolex cameras, is mostly limited to the Paillard era. It best represents my personal interests, and the equipment I use or collect. Besides, EL and SBM cameras are still manufactured by Bolex and it’s not difficult to find information on the later models. I’d suggest reading Andrew Alden ‘s Bolex books, if you’re interested in finding information on the full range of products Bolex has manufactured.
The Bolex 16 Pro was a professional camera designed for television news coverage and studio work. As such, it’s a little beyond the scope and purpose of this website which is mainly to feature cameras designed by Paillard Bolex for the amateur market. That doesn’t mean many of the cameras listed here weren’t used professionally; indeed, the H models were. No, I’m just a collector and user of cameras. I often find cameras at very low cost, and sometimes decide to resell them; but it’s definitely not a source of income and I don’t operate a camera retail business, online or otherwise.
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However, there are occasionally links to cameras for sale on eBay throughout the site. Thanks for asking, but I’d suggest just listing it on eBay. I check eBay every day like a morning newspaperbut don’t often bid on stuff. My collection has grown and diminished over the past 20 years, as I’ve bought and sold and lost! At this point I’m really only interested in unique items like dealer signs, store displays and the odd bit of ephemera.
If you have those items, by all means, send an email with a description and condition. You’re also welcome to post a message manhal our Facebook fan page or send us a Tweet bolexcollector about your item. I buy and collect all sorts of vintage magazinesthough; all ads featured on this site are from my mabual collection and are scanned, intact, from those magazines.
I don’t like the idea of destroying perfectly good vintage magazines just to remove 16mm print advertisement. Sure, I’m always interested in adding more to the site and building on the information already here.
If you have original scans or pictures, just email me. If you want to share some information, you can also post a message on our Facebook fan page for others to read. I actually didn’t intend to create a public website. I originally wrote a few pages with information and image scans, to gather what little information I could find on Bolex at the time and to use it for personal reference. It was a useful resource, but nothing I wanted anyone to see it was disorganized and ugly.
Over time, I decided it might be useful to other people who were interested in Bolex cameras. I kept adding to it over the years, until I realized it would never really be “finished”. So, I purchased this domain and finally got around to publishing it in But, it became almost a full time job to approve accounts and moderate the forums, even with help.
I enjoyed having a forum for Bolex enthusiasts to connect and discuss cameras and filmaking with others, but 16mmm simply couldn’t devote the proper time to maintaining it. I decided to remove it after creating Bolex Collector on Facebook for people to connect with others, discuss Bolex and post pictures, videos, etc. It’s much more convenient, I think. Apologies to everyone that enjoyed the forum, but I hope you’ll join us on Facebook. Sources for 16mm, double run 8mm and Super 8 film stock and processing can be found on the Links page.
Most countries banned mercury batteries because of environmental concerns. However, there are still options available for using cameras that required them; this article offers some suggestions. Any camera that has the ability to capture single frame exposures.
All H cameras, most manuao size cameras except the L-8 and some Super 8 cameras have this ability. However, a cable release and adapter, if needed is required for single frame filming to be considered practical.
Technically, any camera that can take single frame exposures is capable of time-lapse. However, H model cameras are preferred as they allow the shutter to be held open for time exposures. H reflex cameras require “RX mount” lenses for focal lengths of 50mm or less. These lenses are marked “RX” on the inside front of the lens barrel.
Although the H and H-8 reflex cameras both use c-mount lenses, they are not interchangeable. Yes, but not exactly. The Mallory RM was a 1. However, both only have a height of 5. There are adapters available on eBay and elsewhere that make up the height difference. Some users even suggest using tinfoil, stacks of metal washers or springs as a conductor. These cameras used a pair of mercury PX1 1. Because they’re used to power the zoom control, and not used in an exposure meter, the difference in voltage is negligible.
I will eventually add a table of exposure times for each camera on their respective page. However, you can easily determine the shutter speed for your camera by using this simple formula: If you want to determine the exposure time while filming at 24fps, you multipy 24 the number of frames per second by to get Take that product and divide by the aperture degree of your camera’s shutter — the dividend results in Incidentally, if you have a list of exposure times from a chart or user manual specific to your model and want to determine the angle of your shutter aperture, you can use this formula: Replacement lamps for most projectors are still available.
The ANSI code for the modern equivalent of the original is listed on each projector page, under the “Lamp” specification. EVN are readily available. Later L projectors were manufactured to use the halogen lamp and require no modification.
Your choice of projector is, ultimately, up to you.
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I’ve owned or have used several Bolex models and consider them to be good quality projectors. When looking for a projector, you should consider the availability of replacement parts and lamps, among other things. Except for the earliest projectors which seem to be the most desired for collectorsthey’re relatively inexpensive.
Anything is possible, even with the best projectors. I’ve burned film on projectors that failed to transport the film when switched to a different speed an with a faulty motorbut have otherwise never had problems with ruined or scratched film. Not at the moment.
The Lenses section only covers camera lenses, not lenses for projectors.
At the moment, these lenses are only mentioned on the projector page. I’m not going to suggest or recommend any one facility over another. However, the following locations have offered Bolex Authorized repair in the United States for many amnual Visit my Links page for other sources, and feel free to email me with suggestions for any facilities that also offer Bolex service or repair.
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You might also find some tips and advice from members of our Facebook page for Bolex Collectorregarding repair shops and basic maintenance. Yes, check the Links page under “Service and Repair”. Bolex International also offers the conversion. I don’t have any experience with Super 8 conversion for H-8 REX cameras and can’t offer any personal recommendations.
However, this modification can be performed by some of the businesses listed on the links page under “Service and Repair”. Visit their websites for more information. Serial numbers for Paillard-Bolex cameras and projectors are used to determine the year of manufacture. You can find serial numbers on this website in the Camera and Projector section by clicking the links at the top of each page.
For a full list, bolfx this article: The numbers given throughout this website come from a bulletin published by Bolex International S. On certain model projectors, the serial number can sometimes be used to distinguish between 50 cycle and 60 cycle variations. But this can be determined more easily by looking at the plate attached near the mains power connection.
There are several methods. The easiest and most fool-proof method if the camera is a H model is to look at the fixed turret carrier plate it’s attached to the front of the camera body, onto which the rotating turret disc is mounted.
If the plate is wide and colored black with two polished metal vertical lines, it’s a reflex camera. If the plate is either solid black or solid polished metal, and it measures only 5mm wide, it’s a non-reflex.