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#1 failnaught

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:38 PM

I just purchased a Bolex H16 Reflex and I have been searching the location of its serial number. I was told that it was "inside its front cover." However, if that means that it is on the cover of the film compartment, then it is not there. Any ideas? I am such a newbie.

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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 07:09 PM

If you have one of the first generation Bolex H16 Reflex cameras, the ones without the flat base, I think the serial numbers used to be engraved on the bottom of the little round base sticking out of the bottom of the camera, where the 1/4"-20 screw mount is for the tripod.

One the newer flat base models, I may be wrong, but I thought I remembered them being on the bottom side of the base as well.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:23 PM

If you have one of the first generation Bolex H16 Reflex cameras, the ones without the flat base, I think the serial numbers used to be engraved on the bottom of the little round base sticking out of the bottom of the camera, where the 1/4"-20 screw mount is for the tripod.

One the newer flat base models, I may be wrong, but I thought I remembered them being on the bottom side of the base as well.

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Indeed, whether flat base or not, on later models it's under the camera, by the tripod mounting screw hole : look for an engraved 6-digit number between 100,xxx and 350,xxx.
On cameras before 100,00 or so (more like 120,000), the serial number is engraved inside the film chamber : either above the top spool spindle and/or inside the camera door (matching numbers, hopefully).
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 05:49 AM

Indeed, whether flat base or not, on later models it's under the camera, by the tripod mounting screw hole : look for an engraved 6-digit number between 100,xxx and 350,xxx.
On cameras before 100,00 or so (more like 120,000), the serial number is engraved inside the film chamber : either above the top spool spindle and/or inside the camera door (matching numbers, hopefully).
-B.



There it is! Thank you guys for the help. You're the best!

BTW I bought a Bolex I was told was a REX 4, it turns out it is a REX 5!

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#5 Boris Belay

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 08:04 AM

There it is! Thank you guys for the help. You're the best!

BTW I bought a Bolex I was told was a REX 4, it turns out it is a REX 5!

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Do you mean that it has the mount for the 120m. magazine on top of the camera ? Or are you just going by the serial number ?
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:24 AM

Do you mean that it has the mount for the 120m. magazine on top of the camera ? Or are you just going by the serial number ?
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Both! I noticed the magazine mount, which is why I was suspicious.

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#7 Tim Carroll

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:13 AM

BTW I bought a Bolex I was told was a REX 4, it turns out it is a REX 5!


SCORE!!!

Congratulations, that's a much more versatile camera than the Rex 4.

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