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#1 Boris Belay

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 01:56 PM

Hi, If I understand your question right, the Bolex H16S model was a non-reflex 3-lens turret model sold in the mid- to late-60's in parallel with the H16 Reflex line and H16 M (single lens, no turret) lines. Basically, they are the successor to the very common standard Bolex H16 cameras sold from the 30's on, the 'classic' Bolex, and re-named H16S (Standard ?) to clarify the whole line-up. It was sold as a cheaper alternative to the Reflex, since it did not have the complex reflex turret and viewfinder set-up, but was more flexible than the one-lens M. A much better choice for filming than the classic H16's, since the 'H16S' tag implies you are getting a camera that is only 40 years old, as opposed to 50 or 60, or even 70 !
The late H16S include the improvements of the Bolex line of that period : the flat base for stability and the 1/1 motor axle for more precise electric motor drive.
(And just to be clear about this confusing point, H16S are not reflex, and therefor do not need 'RX' lenses. They take any standard 16mm. C mount lenses of any brand.)
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