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Bolex Paillard H16 Reflex 16mm Camera


Unlock the world of classic 16mm filmmaking with the iconic Bolex H16 Reflex 16mm Film Camera, a timeless masterpiece now available at Camera Crate. This legendary camera, in production for an astonishing 50+ years, continues to be highly sought after by filmmakers, collectors, and cinephiles alike. The Reflex version, featured here, is particularly coveted for its advanced features, making it a prized addition to any filmmaker’s toolkit.

Camera Crate offer the Bolex Paillard H16 Reflex body with a variety of lenses and accessories – simply select from the drop-down menu to see which setups are currently available.

With its highly polished aluminium body covered in genuine Morocco leather and chrome-plated metal parts, the Bolex H16 Reflex exudes both elegance and durability. Weighing approximately 5 1/2 lbs, it strikes the perfect balance between portability and sturdiness. Its compact dimensions of 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″ make it a versatile companion for both on-location shoots and studio setups.

This versatile camera accommodates 100ft (30m) and 50ft (15m) daylight loading spools of 16mm film. Threading your film is a breeze thanks to its automatic threading and loop forming system, eliminating the need for complicated manual threading. The camera is driven by a constant-speed spring motor mechanism, controlled by a governor. The winding handle, which folds downward, can be attached to the camera when not in use. For those seeking additional versatility, the camera features an 8:1 external drive shaft, allowing the attachment of an electric motor.

The Bolex H16 Reflex boasts a rotating turret that accommodates three interchangeable RX type C mount lenses, providing filmmakers with the flexibility to choose the perfect lens for each shot. The camera’s 6x magnification reflex viewfinder with a semi-reflecting prism system ensures accurate framing and focusing, while the adjustable eyepiece caters to various eyesight needs. Additionally, the camera comes equipped with an Octameter viewfinder, enhancing your framing accuracy.

With a variable speed range of 8, 16, 24, 32, and 64 frames per second, the Bolex H16 Reflex empowers you to capture cinematic sequences with unparalleled precision. The release button on the front of the camera enables continuous exposures, while a side release allows for hands-free running or single-frame exposures. A 144-degree shutter ensures smooth motion capture, while the built-in slot holds a gelatin filter for creative control over your visuals.

The camera’s advanced features include an audible footage indicator that clicks with each 10 inches of film passing through the gate, a frame counter that tallies frames individually and in total, and the capability for time-lapse and animation via a side release button or accessory cable release and adapter. The manual rewind function disengages the spring motor for dissolves and superimposition effects.

With a 3/8″ thread tripod socket, the Bolex H16 Reflex can be securely mounted for stable shooting. This iconic camera has earned its place in cinematic history and continues to be a cherished tool for filmmakers who appreciate its craftsmanship and timeless quality. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of filmmaking heritage. Order the Bolex Paillard H16 Reflex 16mm Film Camera today from Camera Crate and embark on your own cinematic journey with this legendary camera by your side.

  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″
  • WEIGHT: Approximately 5 1/2 lbs
  • 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 with folding lever; Accommodates three interchangeable RX type C mount lenses.
  • VIEWFINDER: 6x magnification; Reflex viewing with semi-reflecting prism system; Groundglass focusing; Adjustable to eyesight. The camera comes equipped with an Octameter viewfinder.
  • FILTER SLOT: Built-in slot holds a gelatin filter behind the taking lens and in front of the shutter.
  • VARIABLE SPEED: 8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second
  • 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: 144 degree shutter.
  • 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: Twin dial counts frames individually and in total; Adds frames in forward motion and subtracts when film is wound backwards. Dial may be reset manually at any time.
  • 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

Every camera we sell is vigorously inspected by our team. Our ten-part inspection method includes the following checks:

  1. Lens - we check for any mould, dust, haze, dirt, cracks and air bubbles. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining are noted.
  2. Zoom – we inspect both manual and power zoom work smoothly. Any issues are noted.
  3. Focus – we check that manual focus is smooth and works well. If automatic focus is included as a feature that is also checked.
  4. Motor / Claw – we check that the motor runs smoothly at all advertised speeds and that the film claw has sufficient torque to advance film.
  5. Filmgate – this is inspected and any dirt or hair is removed.
  6. Lightmeter – the lightmeter is inspected to ensure it automatically reacts correctly to light. Manual aperture control and/or backlight is also checked if included as a feature.
  7. Viewfinder – we inspect for mould, dust and haze or damage. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining is noted.
  8. Battery terminals - we inspect for rust/corrosion, cleaning and repairing where needed.
  9. Body – where possible we clean any imperfections. Any remaining cosmetic damage is noted.
  10. Additional Features – all additional model specific features (such as timelapse or crossfade) are checked for functionality.

Unless specifically mentioned in the product description, all items sold through our website have passed the above inspection and are fully working. With thousands of sales under our belt and 3000+ positive reviews our customers have found that our inspections are comprehensive and correctly reflect the condition of the camera. In the unlikely case that there is an issue, we offer a full 60 day warranty – allowing you plenty of time to check the camera yourself.


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Where we sell vintage products that have been used and loved for many years, all our items are vigorously inspected by our team of experts before listing. Unless noted otherwise, all our items have been fully tested and are working correctly and come with 30 day no-quibble returns and a  full 60 day warranty – we believe this will give you enough time to test the product for yourself to ensure you’re happy with it.

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