Bolex H16 Reflex
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:19 AM
I'm Ric - new here. I have been getting used to an H16 Reflex for about 18 months now. A year ago I noticed one or perhaps several faint marks on a contrasty shot of the sky, then dismissed this as a blip.
Odd mark/s on film
But recently I have noticed a faint mark which has reappeared in exactly the same place. I contacted the seller-refurbisher who said that the marks were too faint for him to identify - not very helpful - still he suggested I check the film with a loup which I did (to what end though I am unsure) and the prism.
Eventually I identified the prism which is like a little window in the front of the camera, in fact it is a little glassy door which flips outwards. At first I could see nothing untoward, maybe a speck of dust, then some linear marks, surface scratches which of course shouldn't be there - but then on tilting the camera to the reading lamp I saw this
Marks on prism
I sent this picture to the seller & received no response whatsoever.
Any clues please? Can a prism be cleaned? Can I get a replacement prism?
Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:51 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:26 AM
The prism is just another piece of glass in front of your film - treat it like you would a lens so if that means going for gold with cleaners and so on then do it, you've got nothing to lose If it's on the actual silvered surface internal to the prism then you're kinda screwed
Clean and newish prisms can be found on damaged/waterlogged and otherwise damaged Boli on ebay - if I recall correctly, swapping them out isn't the most trivial of procedures.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:49 AM