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#1 Edward Maddox

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:04 AM

Could anyone recommend a camera repair place that could check out my late father’s H16 Bolex to give me a diagnosis and estimated cost to repair it?

First, I should note that my understanding is that it is not a very valuable model. From what I can determine it is an H16 Standard (non-RX) built in 1949 (based on the serial number of 53850). Therefore, it appears that it would not make sense to invest a great deal. In light of that, I would definitely consider using a competent amateur who services cameras as a sideline.

It has been sitting unused for 20+ years but, to the best of my knowledge, it had been working perfectly at the time it was put away. Yesterday I tried to test it but could not get it to run. Everything appears to be fine as far as I can tell and nothing looks or feels to be obviously broken except the button which seems a little sticky and doesn’t snap back like I think it should after being pressed. The camera had been stored unwound and the winder mechanism and spring all felt normal when I wound it back up yesterday. However, when I press the button, nothing happens. I have confirmed that all switches, levers, etc. are in the positions specified in the instruction booklet in the section on how to load film.

I would be grateful for any advice. I live in the Baltimore/Annapolis/Washington area if there is something nearby. And, of course, shipping it would not be a problem either.

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#2 Robert Ditto

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:07 PM

Hello,

I can service your Bolex for you.

Service would include complete mechanism cleaning, re-lube, inspection and cleaning of film path, and polishing of the chrome trim.

Service cost is $200, plus any parts that are required, and shipping.

Sincerely, Respectfully,
Robert M. Ditto
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#3 Chris Millar

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:27 PM

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#4 Edward Maddox

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:30 PM

Thank you for the information. It is very helpful.

Unfortunately, because this is a non-Reflex camera, its value in good working condition appears to be only $50 to $100 based on completed eBay sales. Therefore, even if I was lucky and no parts are needed, the cost-to-repair would significantly exceed the camera’s value.

Now that I know, I plan to sell the body for parts and will sell the lenses separately.

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