From: andrew lampert (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 25 2010 - 19:23:07 PDT
I was asked to post this to the list by a friend (on behalf of their friend). If interested please contact the person listed in this note.
BENJI COSSA is looking to sell a Bolex H16 Reflex -
> I paid $1100 for this jammer pre e-bay in 1998 or 9. I would like to
> recoup as close as I can to what I paid, but am willing to take a cut
> Bolex Paillard H 16 Rex (reflex)
> Great condition with Accessories!
> Sale includes:
> - Serial #: 183699
> - year 1941/43
> - 3 Lenses:
> 1- 3" telephoto
> 1- 1:1.4 F=25 ?
> 1- 9"230mm
> - Eyepiece rubber cover
> - Attachment on side that previews lenses by touch of a dial
> - Manual/Wind up
> * Animation cable
> * 5 gels
> * Rewinder
> * Sekonic digital light meter
> * Hard case w/ handle
> 16mm Camera
> * *OVERALL DIMENSIONS:* 8 1/2" x 6" x 3"
> * *WEIGHT:* Approximately 5 1/2 lbs (without lenses)
> * *OUTER CASE:* Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in
> genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.
> * *FILM CAPACITY:* 100ft (30m) and 50ft (15m) daylight loading
> spools of 16mm film.
> * *THREADING:* Automatic threading and loop forming. The end of the
> film is simply placed in a channel leading to the feed sprocket.
> The release is pressed and the film is then automatically threaded
> throughout the entire mechanism.
> * *MOTOR:* Constant speed, spring motor mechanism; governor
> controlled. Large winding handle folds downward and attaches to
> camera when not in use. Spring cannot be over-wound. 8:1 external
> drive shaft permits the attachment of an electric motor.
> * *TURRET:* Rotating turret accommodates three interchangeable C
> mount lenses. The top position allows for critical focusing
> through a groundglass screen on later versions of this model.
> * *VIEWFINDER:* accessory Tri Focal viewfinder gives an exact
> viewing field for lenses of 3 focal lengths. Later versions of
> this model had a built-in critical focus viewer with optional
> cupped eyepiece.
> * *VARIABLE SPEED:* 8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second with the
> ability to change speeds while the camera is running.
> * Bolex X-ray
> * *RELEASE BUTTON:* provides for the making of continuous exposures
> by a finger-tip release on the front of the camera. A side release
> allows for locked, hands-free running or single frame exposures.
> * *SHUTTER:* 190 degree disc shutter, operates at 118/1000 of an
> inch from emulsion side of film with an exposure rate of 1/30
> second at 16 fps.
> * *FOOTAGE COUNTER:* adds and subtracts accurately in forward or
> reverse motion and automatically returns to zero when film is
> reloaded into the camera.
> * *AUDIBLE FOOTAGE INDICATOR:* A distinct click announces the
> passing of each 10 inches of film through the gate. This mechanism
> may be disengaged, if desired, by simply moving a lever.
> * *FRAME COUNTER:* An accessory frame counter could be attached to
> the motor crank shaft. Two separate counters registered increments
> of single frames and 50 frames as the film progressed.
> * *SINGLE FRAME:* Time lapse and animation is possible by using the
> side release button or an accessory cable release and adapter; I-T
> lever allows for timed or instantaneous single exposures.
> * *MANUAL REWIND:* Clutch disengages spring motor and permits
> forward movement and backwind without running down the spring;
> allows for dissolves and superimposition.
> * *TRIPOD SOCKET:* 3/8" thread
> Notes and Comments
> By 1930, Jacques Bogopolsky had sold the Bolex patents to Paillard of
> Yverdon Switzerland; a manufacturer of Hermes typewriters and other
> products, as well as distributor of Thorens gramophones and phonographs.
> Paillard-Bolex was formed as the cine division of Paillard.
> The Bolex H-16 was introduced in 1935. The design appears to have been
> loosely based on the Bolex Auto Cine B
> <http://www.bolexcollector.com/cameras/autocine-b.html>. However, apart
> from the shape and a few similar functions, it was a radically different
> camera. Among the most notable improvements was the addition of a three
> lens turret and variable speed dial. Over the next decade, the H-16 saw
> several alterations.
> Early Modifications
> Winding Handles
> The spring motor of the original H-16 was designed to be wound with a
> winding crank or key; early instruction manuals seem to suggest the
> camera was supplied with either one or the other, but not both.
> The winding crank supplied with the original camera was designed as a
> single piece, with a large square lug bolt. This "stiff crank" design
> could not be used to wind the motor while the turret was swung out. A
> collapsible-style crank was supplied with the external frame counter
> <http://www.bolexcollector.com/accessories/misc40.html#2>; it was
> attached to an extended crank shaft that provided clearance of the
> counter during winding.
> 1937 -- Critical Focus
> The H-16 used an accessory trifocal viewfinder
> <http://www.bolexcollector.com/accessories/view40.html#1>, which could
> be attached to the side or the top, but the original camera had no
> provision to allow critical focusing.
> A critical visual focuser was added at some point in 1936 or 1937,
> consisting of a reflecting prism and groundglass screen built into the
> area behind the top lens position. This allowed viewing and focusing to
> be done through any lens swung into the top turret position. After the
> lens was properly focused, it could be moved back to the taking position
> for filming. A cupped eyepiece was available that magnified the image
> seen in the critical focuser.
> 1938 -- Logo Plate
> The earliest H-16 cameras, manufactured before serial number 9400 had
> the Paillard-Bolex logo embossed directly into the leather. Cameras
> manufactured after #9400 were constructed with a metal logo plate
> attached with two screws. ^
> This addition was more than a cosmetic change, however, as it allowed
> for easy attachment of the Bolex external frame counter
> <http://www.bolexcollector.com/accessories/misc40.html#2>. The frame
> counter could also be used on the earlier version of the H-16, but it
> required a modification from a Bolex service facility. ^
> By 1940, H-16 cameras were sold with the external frame counter already
> Serial Numbers and Dates of Manufacture
> The serial number on this model can be found on several locations:
> inside the film chamber, near the top spindle, or behind the turret
> plate near the bottom lens position. A matching number can also be found
> inside the film chamber door. The table below lists the range of serial
> numbers allocated to H cameras manufactured from 1936 until the
> introduction of the internal frame counter (S/N 33200) in 1946.
> Bolex H16 :: Serial Numbers # Year
> ??? — ??? 1935
> 7510 — 10000 1936 / 37
> 10000 — 15000 1938 / 40
> 15000 — 20000 1941 / 43
> 20000 — 25000 1944
> 25000 — 30000 1945
> 30000 — 33200 1946 / 47
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