Who shoots in darker interiors?
In earnest, the Paillard-Bolex prism finder system is less bright than mirror systems.
You deal with about a fifth of the light compared to an Arriflex. It’s not a professional
camera. To overcome the focus problem in low light situations with Paillard-Bolex
you have a number of choices:
- Use a standard model that has the critical focusing prism behind the upper lens port. 100 % light on ground prism
- Find an Ambol Cine Focus accessory. Split-image lens coupled rangefinder, Switar 25
- Find a Bell & Howell focusing microscope that lets you focus a C-mount lens. 100 % light on ground glass
- Use a reflex finder zoom lens. Not much brighter than the RX finder however but split-image precision
- Find an Elgeet Cine-Flex 16 accessory and use a measuring tape
- Laserbrighten your RX camera
- Use very fast lenses. Maximum available with C mount is f/0.95 (Angénieux, Berthiot, Schneider,
“Carl Meyer”, Zeika, Japan Navitar, Canon, Astroscope, Dallmeyer f/0.98)