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#1 Jon Ungar

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:33 AM

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I was thinking of purchasing a better lens for the bolex ebm that I have. The lens that came with it was a bell howell 17-68 zoom prism lens, which doesn't really help me out so much. I have the c-mount adapter for the camera, and I found a canon zoom 1:1.6 / 18-108mm c-mount for $80.

I was wondering if anyone could offer their perspective on the subject. The lens I have seems to sell online for about 350 but the canon which is in excellent condition sells for 80 on ebay? I'm a bit confused.
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Is this a ridiculously good deal or am I crazy?
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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:12 PM

Most if not all Canon (or Fujinon and even some Nikkkors) c-mount lenses were designed for early TV (c-mount) cameras. These lenses weren't as good in sharpness or coating as the real cine or even still-photo lenses. Your Bell and Howell is a lens designed to be used with Bolex cameras with internal prisms, and compensate the loss of light and other other special problems the Bolex camera design causes. More info here:

www.bolexcollector.com/articles/07_03_21.html

So, the Canon is not designed for prism-based cameras such as the Bolexes. It may still work though . . .

However, I have a c-mount Fujinon that is fast and pretty damn sharp when used with my film Eclair ACL camera. Granted, I have mostly used it for when I need a fast zoom and while I have inter-cut it with footage shot with sharper lenses to good results, I have never intended the footage to be blown up to 35mm where it would certainly fall apart. Think of it as a potentially sharp and or fast zoom lens that could be a steal. Obviously you will have to shoot, develop and project/transfer the footage to know its true worth. I personally think most of these lenses are under-appreciated.

I am not a Bolex specialist though, "Go Team Bolex" Nick may have more info about this situation.
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#3 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 03:50 PM

Hi-

I was thinking of purchasing a better lens for the bolex ebm that I have. The lens that came with it was a bell howell 17-68 zoom prism lens, which doesn't really help me out so much. I have the c-mount adapter for the camera, and I found a canon zoom 1:1.6 / 18-108mm c-mount for $80.

I was wondering if anyone could offer their perspective on the subject. The lens I have seems to sell online for about 350 but the canon which is in excellent condition sells for 80 on ebay? I'm a bit confused.


A number of 1" canon video lenses are labeled 16CCTV. Presumably they were meant for both 16mm and 1" vidicon. The primes are fairly good, they were used on Rune Ericson's first Super16 movie along with a Canon 16CCTV zoom, I don't recall which one.

As long it's for 1", not 2/3", it's worth the gamble.

Your Bell&Howell zoom is an Angenieux.
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