It all started with this Bolex 551 Sound Macro-Zoom (super 8). I bought it in the middle of the 80´s to film my children. With it I got a projector and a pornomovie. This Bolex-model was manufactured 1976-77 and has a macro-zoom lens (1:1,8 / 8 - 40 mm). It is heavy (1,7 kg) and has every feature a that a professional 16 mm camera has, except the speed (it runs only at 1 or 18 frames per second). You can use direct sound when shooting with super 8 film that has a magnetic strip. But it is a ugly camera and all plastic.
THE REAL BOLEXES
Bolex-Paillard - double 8. These are my favorites:
Clockwork-cameras, orginally developed by Jacques Bogopolsky from Ucraine.
Manufactured in Schweiz between 1947 - 58. All cameras on the pictures
are still working. You can use 16 mm-film in 25 feet-spools and when you
shoot you first expose half of the filmstrip and then the other half, so
actually your shooting material is 50 feet. During processing the film
is sliced down the middle and both halves spliced together end to end.
Bolex-Paillard double 8-cameras work exactly as their big brother Bolex
16 mm, the only difference is that everything is smaller on the double
The cameras on the pictures here are (from left to right):
Bolex-Paillard L8 (1947-54) Lense: Yvar 1:2,8 12,5 mm Speeds: 12-16-24-32 frames/s
Bolex-Paillard C8 (1953-58) Lense: Yvar 1:2,5 12,5 mm speed: 1-8-12-16-24-32-47-64
Bolex-Paillard B8 (1953-58) Winchester, lens: Yvar 1:1,9 13 mm, speed: 1-12-16-24-32-48-64
Reflex Quarz 2x8 Super-3. It is a heavy (1,5 kg) double
super 8 camera made in the begining of 70´. It use a film that no-one
seems to have heard about: 16 mm with super 8 perforation on both side
of the strip. This Quarz has a Meteor zoom lens (9-38 mm, F1.8), fix speeds
at 12,16,24 and 32 frames/s. Also single shot-feuture and works with clock
|"Strong as T-72 tank and precise as the MIR space station"
That opionin I read somewhere about this nice 16 mm clockworkcamera KRASNAGORSK 3 (to the right). In former USSR moviecameras where cheap and 16 mm was a usual amateurformat. The Krasnagorsk camera became also very popular in West and where often used by filmschoolstudents. Spike Lee made his first movie with a Krasnagorsk and still today there are dealers in USA that sell these cameras and parts of them. See for example www.k3camera.com.
Krasnagorsk 3 has a zoom lens (17-69 mm, F1.9), the framespeed is variable from 6 - 50 frames/s. Although it works mechanicly it needs a battery for the lightmeter and thats the big problem: They do not make such batteries anymore
|MEORTA ADMIRA A8 II
This is a double 8 camera, manufactured in Checkoslovakia 1957. A very popular clockworkcamera that slightly reminds you of the Bolex H-series. It has a winchester with two lenses (F2.8/12,5 mm and F3.5 35 mm) and the framespeeds are 1-10-16-24-48-64.
EUMIG C3 (SCHNEIDER)
CINÉ-KODAK 8 MODEL 20
|REVERE B 61 MAGAZINE
This is one of the first 8 mm cameras (manufactured between 1950-57 in USA) that use a magazine where the film is. It was an invention by the Russian immigrant Samuel Briskin. I is also a very small piece (59 x 111 x 104 mm). Cine Raptar fixed lens F2.5 13 mm. Variable framespeed that works with a clockwork: 1-12-16-24-32-48 frames/s.