Posted 31 October 2008 - 11:11 AM
Posted 31 October 2008 - 06:40 PM
I've just acquired a Bolex B8SL...do you have any experience of using one and if so, please can you give me some tips on how best to get started...I'm waiting for the manual to arrive and I don't know how to use it yet....thanks for any help...
I have a B8 with Variable Shutter which is similar. If you want I can send you by e-mail the manual of the B8, C8, D8L, D8LA. I love this camera, but I'll oil it first (I also have the guide to do so).
Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:44 AM
Definitely read the manual first with that camera. There's a cumbersome but effective way of auto-exposing, that coordinates with the variable shutter, but if you fiddle around with the controls it can lock up when it hits different incompatible positions, so don't play around with the dials too much.
It's amazing how valuable those things have become lately-- they're nifty and give great results.
Posted 03 November 2008 - 04:22 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:14 AM
Does anyone still have a copy of the Bolex B8SL manual or a manual for a similar camera?
Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:23 PM
You can find a B8 manual here:
The B8SL was a simplified version with only one speed and a more basic viewfinder, but included a built-in lightmeter.
A manual for the D8LA (which will include information about the meter) is here:
A reproduced test report, which includes lots of information specifically about the B8SL is here:
And lastly, if you want to pull it apart for lubrication, I wrote an easy-to-follow guide for lubricating pocket Bolex cameras, which you can find here: