Bolex Rex. 4 - - - Bolex SBM super16
Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:21 PM
Problem is, the elusive teacher at my school who owns a Bolex SBM, and who ive tried to track down for a month, finally agreed to let me use it, BUT
I got hit by a car on my moped over the weekend, Im now typing with one hand only. So since I have a broken finger I figured I'd wait til next semester to finish, HOWEVER, that teacher is running the LA intern program and I doubt I can use the camera if he is away. Also, I will not have a production class next semester so borrowing equipment will have to be done through friends to access our equipment office. anyway
So, I have a bolex rex. 4.... Should I try rigging a crop/aspect ratio box within my bolex viewfinder? any suggestion with that?
Or I can pay to have it converted to super 16... any ideas where to go for that and how much?
I'm in a jam. Let me know if you want to sell/rent/trade so I can use your Bolex SBM lol
Posted 08 December 2010 - 01:49 AM
To mask super16 aspect on reg16 - (and loosing all that film area and 'making up' for it with grain) - I'd carefully put some non-residue leaving tape over the current mask... See the prism ? You can flip it part out to access the mask more easily, its the mask like looking thing mounted on top of the ground glass - it'll still be awkward but there ya go
You'll need calipers or something to measure it correctly - and no matter how nicely it looks to your eye 1:1 as soon as you look through the finder it'll look like poopshit anyway - maybe use some ND gel, then you could pretty much leave it in there for good
I've just remembered the rx4 mask has that convex-planar lens on top of it too ...
hmmm, well you could try masking tape on top of that - but that will certainly look like crap-poo. You'd have to remove the mask mask the bottom of it then put it back on, or just make your own new mask and ditch the magnification... Realigning the old or indeed a new mask with the aperture plate is a much tougher prospect altogether (as is accessing the hard to get of the two mask mounting screws) - I can teach ya how, most of the Bolex techs here will cough up their cornflakes when I describe my process though
Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:09 PM
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:01 PM
Basically a DIY video split (well, not quite a split actually) which you can crop however you like.
Visual focusing would be an issue.
And yes, Jeremy is quite right in pointing out that its not too hard to do the crop in your head anyway (then scan in post)