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#1 Kirk Anderson

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:15 PM

So, somehow I've ended up with quite a little 16mm windup collection. I guess I've gotten carried away and I've collected 2 K3's (one M42 and one old school bayo) and also 2 Bolex H16, reflex.

My question is about the two bolex. I need to sell some of my stuff, basically because I don't need it and i could use the cash for a motor for the bolex. I'm going to keep one K3 and one Bolex. I've posted pictures of the two Bolex Camera bodies and I was wondering if anyone can identify them, and choose which one would be better to attach a sync sound motor.

Also, which motor would fit and work best? (model name?)

My guess is the first one is a Rex 1 and the second one is a Rex 2. The serial numbers are:
1)184114 2)197351

(sorry about the Pics, my screen got busted on my digital camera so i can't look at them before putting them on the computer.)

Edited by Kircules, 21 June 2006 - 11:18 PM.

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#2 Nick Mulder

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 12:46 AM

I was wondering if anyone can identify them, and choose which one would be better to attach a sync sound motor.

Also, which motor would fit and work best? (model name?)

My guess is the first one is a Rex 1 and the second one is a Rex 2. The serial numbers are:
1)184114 2)197351


I think you might be correct re. the model types - if you were going to keep one then keep the RX2 as it has a bigger viewfinder, you could if you wish pull all the shiniest/best bits of each and make one good bolex keeping the other for spare parts ...

I would suggest instead selling both and getting a model with a 1:1 spindle - RX4-5 and SB/SBM - there are many more options for aftermarket motors for the 1:1 spindle wind-ups than for the 8:1 only versions like yours...

Good luck (;
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#3 Grainy

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 01:43 PM

hi there
this site has a massive and I think complete database of bolex models:
http://www.city-net....tory/index.html
good luck!
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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:00 PM

We used a MCE 17 (if i remember correctly) motor fitted to the Bolex RX1 that had sync contacts. Basically it cut a 1000 hz tone that was recorded on a modified Tandberg 1/4". It sort of worked, but was extremely unreliable - you were lucky if it worked 50% of the time.

Later, we used a hired Arri 16 BL from which we plugged the 50 HZ sync into the sync track on the Tandberg. Life then became extremely easy: we only to worry about trying to make a good film.
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#5 Blue Demon

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:21 PM

hi there
this site has a massive and I think complete database of bolex models:
http://www.city-net....tory/index.html
good luck!
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Thanks for the link...I'm frustrated now that I paid $200 for a Bolex H16S thinking it was a Rex-3 based on the serial number listed on Tobin's site....sigh....Now I need to sell this useless white elephant and I doubt I'll get paid as much as I shelled out.
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#6 Clive Tobin

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 10:12 PM

Thanks for the link...I'm frustrated now that I paid $200 for a Bolex H16S thinking it was a Rex-3 based on the serial number listed on Tobin's site....


I do state on the site that the model number CANNOT be determined from the serial number alone. This is because all of the H cameras, reflex and nonreflex, 8mm and 16mm, share the same serial number sequence. This is why I have many photos to help you determine your model. This several pages of good information can be seen at www.tobincinemasystems.com and click on Identifying Your Bolex H Camera.

If you have an early camera without the 1:1 shaft, you can use our TXM-26B crystal motor which drives the 8 frame shaft.
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#7 Nick Mulder

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 06:02 AM

I do state on the site that the model number CANNOT be determined from the serial number alone. This is because all of the H cameras, reflex and nonreflex, 8mm and 16mm, share the same serial number sequence.



the bases can be removed and interchanged also - the S/N as far as I can see is not on the inside mechanism plates or body - just the bottom plate which is affixed by only 4 screws... not sure if the RX 1,2 and 3 plates will fit the 4 or 5 tho - but my EL plate fits on my RX4 :o
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