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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.
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