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#1 Vincent Aleister Portier

Vincent Aleister Portier

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 02:33 AM

I recently purchased and received an 8mm Bolex B-8SL film camera---the camera itself is in wonderful working condition, but I had a few questions about the viewfinder.

No manual was included with this purchase, nor have I inserted any film yet. A cartridge of Kodachrome II 25 ft. Daylight film was included. It reads "Process before May '73---so obviously it is not good anymore, but perhaps I could use it as a test cartridge?

I have found an online manual to the similar Bolex B8 and I have been reading about the lenses and the settings that you will need to adjust the diaphragm to, zoom lens depending on the distance of the object, etcetera. But I do not have the information regarding this, so I am oblivious as to where to start.

Furthermore, I still have a few questions:

1.) Would it be knowledgeable to purchase a photoelectric exposure meter?
2.) What do the pins that I see in the viewfinder help identify?
3.) What is the knob beside the viewfinder that I can pull out and turn? It moves the red pin inside of the viewfinder.
----It reads 4, 7, 10 (with several black arrows and one red)?

4.) What does the chart at the bottom of my camera help identify?
----It reads ASA: 40, 32, 25, 20, etcetera, <=f: 12.5 - 36: 10, 9, 8, 7, etcetera, and ┬░DIN: 17, 16, 15, 14, etcetera.

and lastly

5.) I sometimes see filmmakers holding what looks like a small lense in their hand, that looks to measure the distance of an item---helping them to further adjust the lenses, perhaps. What is this item called, and would I need one in my case?

Thank you for any help you may provide.
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