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#1 Roy Baake

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 03:04 PM

Hello all

This is my first post here, I hope someone can answer my question...

I do alot surfing cinematography which means I use some long lens, mostly a Nikon 300mm 2.8 on a Bolex SBM...Very Heavy.

I'm looking for a modern lens support solution. I'm thinking 15mm rods with 60mm on-center and perhaps a Zacuto lens support, follow focus and matte box.

Has anyone done or seen a Bolex configured in this way? Adjustable for super 16?

Thaks for your help

Roy B.
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#2 Simon Wyss

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 03:36 PM

Hi Roy

This is what Bolex used to have, their lens and accessory support:

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#3 Roy Baake

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 03:47 PM

Hi Roy

This is what Bolex used to have, their lens and accessory support:

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Yea Simon, I've seen that but I dont think you can configure it for a lens support and follow focus
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#4 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 04:36 PM

Hello RoyJB,

i had that same problem. The original Bolex rods are worth nothing as they are not industry standard.
I ended up with this:
http://www.cinematog...=...st&p=274802
http://www.cinematog...=...st&p=274830

This stuff is custom made for a very reasonable price from a camera engineer named Les Bosher in the UK.
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#5 Glenn Brady

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 06:49 PM

Yea Simon, I've seen that but I dont think you can configure it for a lens support and follow focus


The principal purpose of the Bolex light optical bench (code SUTEL) was the support of long lenses, but it was introduced in 1964 - before follow focus devices were common - and the diameter of its rods and their spacing is non-standard. If your need is just to support long lenses, it's a very good accessory. There was a listing just ended at eBay that offered what may suit your purposes. It's http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem.
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