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#1 Steve Goodloe

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 03:16 PM

Is their any way to put a 400 foot mag on a Bolex H-16 Rex-4? Is there someway I can modify my camera or do i need to actually have the Rex-5?
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#2 Nick Mulder

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 03:48 PM

I've seen home hacked jobs on ebay on occasion... so yes it is possible - you just have to cut the hole and make a good light proof and sturdy mount for the mag ...

You'll also need a motor for the RX4 which will run the claw/pulldown/takeup and supply power to the 400' takeup motor (MM or WM) - and the spring sits in there merrily doing nothing but weigh the system down... Unwieldy to say the least ...

Bolex Part number 'BCE 7157' I think is the 400' saddle - but ringing up Switzerland to order one of these is an exercise in fiscal futility. I'd suggest getting an RX5 or SBM if springs are your thing - but the EBM's and EL's are really the best for the 400' mags

Sell your RX4 and the cost offset will be way less than attempting a home mod, but I can understand if that sort of stuff interests you (destroying precious swiss metal and leather) go for gold! :P
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#3 Duncan McDougall

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 05:50 PM

If you want to stick with your current Bolex model, here is an option;

Chambless Cine Equipment will add a magazine saddle to your H16 Rex 4 for $200.00. Here's a the link, scroll down to the bottom;

http://www.chambless...log/catalog.htm

I think that JK camera (Meritex Inc.) does the service for them - JK does great work on Bolex cameras.

http://www.jkcamera....ex_products.htm

You should get the camera motor and a take-up magazine motor (WM over the MM). I Had trouble with the MM motor jamming.

Good Luck,

Duncan McDougall
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#4 Herb Montes

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 01:59 PM

I purchased a Rex4 that had been modified to take the 400 foot magazine. This was done in Germany where the original owner had it done before I bought it.
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#5 david romberg

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:46 PM

I know this is off topic, but how much should one expect to pay for the rex 4 in good condition?
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