Bolex service manual
Posted 18 January 2009 - 03:50 PM
does anyone know where i can get a service manual for a bolex non reflex? i'm planning on a diy super16 conversion, thinking this should be quite easy to do, just enlarging the gate and lathing down where the sound strip is supported on the rollers so the film isnt scratched. Has anyone else tried this? I'd have thought its easyish once i know how to take the camera apart as it wont require any modification to the viewfinder or anything, just have to be aware of the enlarged frame when composing shots. Shoudl say my reason for doing this is solely to use for timelapse photography.
Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:30 PM
Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:01 AM
actually managed to get the front of the camera off last night, just screws, so can now look at the areas that will need to be enlarged. Haven't explored removing the rollers yes, I'm hoping i won't need any of the bolex specialist tools. Thanks for the link to that website, although my whole reason for wanting to do this diy is i have little money to spend on such a conversion, after having my NPR converted last year my bank balance hasn't really recovered yet. I tried to sell the bolex a few times, but i guess the non reflex puts people off, so i figure if i can convert it to super 16 i can use it for time lapse to cut in with stuff shot on the npr rather than it sitting on a shelf getting dusty.
Looking at the camera i think re centreing the lens mount for super might be a bit tricky, so im hoping using nikon slr lenses they should cover the super 16 appeture in the standard 16 position??
Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:04 PM
The manual is actually helpful to save your sanity, and also for tricks such as how to re-synch the sprocket wheels, or a shutter on a reflex model. If you can't find a scanned manual on eBay, write me a personal message.
Oh, yeah, I forget... your best tools besides those GOOD screwdrivers is a whole lot of patience!
Edited by Boris Belay, 19 January 2009 - 08:05 PM.