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#1 Jeremy Rumas

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 02:35 AM

I have been shooting with a Bolex Rx 5 with a 10x viewfinder. I would like to hear from anyone who has shot with both the 10x, and 13x viewfinder, in regard to which one they prefer.

I have been told by a Bolex dealer before that he actually was able to focus with the 10x easier than with the 13x. I wonder if its because the 13x distorts the image, sort of giving it a fish-eye look.

Myself, I have been having some difficulty acheiving sharp focus at times with this Bolex with the 10x viewfinder, especially in low light. I do the best I can, and then cross my fingers hoping I've nailed it. Sometimes its sharp, sometimes its a little soft. So I am wondering if getting my viewfinder converted to the 13x would help or be worth it.

As a sidenote, my eyes are not perfect. I don't have terrible vision, but I do wear glasses. But I have found it too difficult to shoot using the Bolex with my glasses on. So I have the diopter set to my naked eye. I'm curious if other glasses wearing Bolex users shoot without their glasses for the same reason.

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#2 Bryan Darling

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:02 PM

Myself, I have been having some difficulty acheiving sharp focus at times with this Bolex with the 10x viewfinder, especially in low light. I do the best I can, and then cross my fingers hoping I've nailed it. Sometimes its sharp, sometimes its a little soft. So I am wondering if getting my viewfinder converted to the 13x would help or be worth it.


You should go and check this out http://www.super16inc.com/page3.html might be a less expensive fix instead of buying a new Rex5.

As a sidenote, my eyes are not perfect. I don't have terrible vision, but I do wear glasses. But I have found it too difficult to shoot using the Bolex with my glasses on. So I have the diopter set to my naked eye. I'm curious if other glasses wearing Bolex users shoot without their glasses for the same reason.


I too have my diopters set to my eyesight. That is the wonderful thing about diopters. I use a Bolex Rex2 with a 10x and found it so much easier to focus than the previous 6x model. I don't think going to a 13x will make that much difference, but then again it's a personal thing. I would try one first though before buying it. It may be not worth the hassle in that it may take a whole different camera such as an Arri or Eclair to get what you are looking for in a viewfinder.

Edited by Bryan Darling, 25 November 2006 - 04:03 PM.

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#3 Nick Mulder

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 06:03 PM

I prefer the 13x finders - having only used them shooting and only once looked through a 10x I'm not the best person to comment but I find the extra size is helpful ... They are also required for super16 conversions ..
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#4 Jeremy Rumas

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Bryan, thanks for that link. I had not heard of that process before. Sounds very interesting.

I have been planning on getting my Rx 5 converted to Super 16 soon. I didn't know a 13x viewfinder was required for this. But if so, sounds like that could help me out with this issue.

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#5 Alain LeTourneau

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 01:05 AM

I've owned a number of Bolex(es) (RX4,5,SBM) with 10x and 13x finders..

You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference.

Who's doing your conversion? Jakko?


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#6 James Erd

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 01:36 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Bryan, thanks for that link. I had not heard of that process before. Sounds very interesting.

I have been planning on getting my Rx 5 converted to Super 16 soon. I didn't know a 13x viewfinder was required for this. But if so, sounds like that could help me out with this issue.

Jeremy Rumas


On Chambless website [ http://www.chambless...log/catalog.htm ] it's optional. However the viewfinder does need to be modified, if you plan on seeing all of what is going on film.
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#7 Phil Savoie

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 02:42 PM

Due to the lack of light transmitted through the Bolex viewing system I much prefer the 13x. When I've had bodies Super 16ed I'd would ask for the 13x be added to the job.

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#8 Clive Tobin

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:13 PM

I have been shooting with a Bolex Rx 5 with a 10x viewfinder. I would like to hear from anyone who has shot with both the 10x, and 13x viewfinder, in regard to which one they prefer....

Not to confuse the issue, but I have found that the 10X finder is best for focusing, but the old 6X finder as on the Reflex and Rex-1 is better for judging composition of the scene. I have not tried the 13X.
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