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Bolex Hand Crank. Where to get (or make) one?


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#1 grantsmith

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:43 AM

I have a non reflex H16 (can't check SN at moment though it is from late 50s).

I live in the UK and can't seem to find anywhere which has a handcrank. Any ideas? And how much would I be looking to pay?

If possible, I'd rather build one. Does anyone know of any sites where this is explained?

Many thanks.
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#2 Robert Hughes

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:53 PM

I have a hand crank for my Bolex, but it's much too small to use for real hand cranking a la Billy Bitzer. You'd probably be better off making your own.
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#3 Bernie O'Doherty

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:22 PM

Hi, Grant,

Are you looking for winding handles for the spring motor or rewind single-frame cranks (the small one). We have lots of both. Figure $65 for the winding handle or $30 for the small one (plus shipping).

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Bernie
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#4 grantsmith

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:39 PM

Hi Bernie,

Cool site.

I'm looking for whichever crank is used for 'forward' winding while filming (silent film style) though I'm not exactly sure which one that would be. Preferably one which is comfortable to use while filming too.

Camera serial is 159060

I'll pop you an email in the next few days.

Cheers,

Grant
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#5 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:11 AM

The Bolex handcrank is way too small for handcranking while filming. It was meant for backwinding to do
in-camera dissolves and double exposures.
I would have a machinist make one up that was much larger.
The Filmo-Eyemo handcrank for the same purpose was designed for handcranking and works well-too bad it will not fit a Bolex.
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#6 Sam Wells

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 09:26 AM

I would have a machinist make one up that was much larger.


I had a machinist modify an existing one, it's a couple inches longer - and also extends away from the body so doesn't bang against the pie plate turret if I have that swung over...

Honestly I think I'd rather have a Norris motor :D as I use this for very low speeds - but the Bolex is my low tech high quality tradeoff camera so in that spirit...

-Sam
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#7 Justin Lovell

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 09:45 AM

Hey I may have a spare one, drop me an email or PM and maybe we can work something out.

all the best!



I had a machinist modify an existing one, it's a couple inches longer - and also extends away from the body so doesn't bang against the pie plate turret if I have that swung over...

Honestly I think I'd rather have a Norris motor :D as I use this for very low speeds - but the Bolex is my low tech high quality tradeoff camera so in that spirit...

-Sam


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