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Bolex Paillard H16 REX Reflex 16mm Camera


Unleash your inner filmmaker and capture the magic of cinema with the Bolex Paillard H16 REX Reflex 16mm Film Camera, an iconic masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Now available at Camera Crate, this legendary camera, produced for an astounding 50+ years, continues to be in high demand for good reason. The REX version, presented here, represents the second reflex iteration and stands out for its superior features, including a variable shutter, making it a prized possession for filmmakers and collectors alike.

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

Crafted with precision, the Bolex H16 REX Reflex features a highly polished aluminium body covered in genuine Morocco leather, with chrome-plated metal parts. Its compact and portable design, measuring 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″ and weighing approximately 5 1/2 lbs, strikes the perfect balance between robustness and convenience, ideal for a wide range of shooting scenarios.

This 16mm film camera by Bolex supports 100ft (30m) and 50ft (15m) daylight loading spools of 16mm film, making it suitable for extended shoots or more compact projects. Threading your film is a breeze, thanks to the automatic threading and loop forming system, eliminating the need for complex manual threading. The Bolex H16 REX Reflex is powered by a constant-speed spring motor mechanism, precisely controlled by a governor. The large winding handle conveniently folds downward and attaches to the camera when not in use. An 8:1 external drive shaft allows for the attachment of an electric motor for additional shooting versatility.

One of the standout features of this camera is its rotating turret, accommodating three interchangeable RX type C mount lenses. This flexibility empowers you to choose the perfect lens for each shot, enhancing your creative capabilities. The 6x magnification reflex viewfinder utilizes a semi-reflecting prism system, ensuring accurate framing and focusing. The adjustable eyepiece caters to various eyesight requirements. The camera comes equipped with an Octometer viewfinder for added precision.

With a variable speed range of 12, 16, 18, 24, 32, and 64 frames per second, the Bolex H16 REX Reflex allows you to capture sequences with unparalleled precision. The release button on the front of the camera facilitates continuous exposures, while a side release allows for hands-free running or single-frame exposures. A variable shutter with a 145-degree angle can be manually adjusted to control exposure time. When paired with an accessory Rexofader, you can achieve professional fade-ins and fade-outs.

Additional advanced features include an audible footage indicator that clicks for every 10 inches of film passing through the gate, a frame counter that tracks frames individually and in total, and the capability for time-lapse and animation through the side release button or accessory cable release and adapter. The I-T lever enables timed or instantaneous single exposures.

For added convenience, the camera offers a manual rewind function that disengages the spring motor, allowing for forward movement and backwind without running down the spring. This feature is perfect for creating dissolves and superimpositions.

The Bolex H16 REX Reflex comes equipped with a 3/8″ thread tripod socket, ensuring stability during shooting. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, this iconic camera has earned its place in cinematic history and continues to be a cherished tool for filmmakers who appreciate its timeless quality. Don’t miss your opportunity to own a piece of filmmaking heritage. Order the Bolex Paillard H16 REX Reflex 16mm Film Camera today from Camera Crate and embark on your 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 Octometer viewfinder.
  • FILTER SLOT: Built-in slot holds a gelatin filter behind the taking lens and in front of the shutter.
  • VARIABLE SPEED: 12, 16, 18, 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.
  • VARIABLE SHUTTER: 145 degree variable shutter; Operated manually to decrease exposure time, or with accessory Rexofader to accomplish fade-ins and fade-outs.
  • 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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