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#1 MegaFrasiercrane

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

I recently bought a Bolex H16, getting to grips with it and shooting 16mm for the first time.  When I processed it there is quite a bit of flicker, and the image is also a bit jumpy.  I like the charm of it, for the things that I am shooting at the moment, but could somebody tell me what the problem is. and if will be expensive to rectify the problem?

 

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#2 Roberto Pirodda

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:36 AM

can you upload a short of your footage ? It could be simply wrong film load on camera.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:32 AM

If you bought a 50 year old car you would have a mechanic check it over before expecting it to work properly. It never ceases to amaze me that people buy old cameras (by their nature precision instruments) and then spend money on film and processing before wondering why the images aren't quite right. Here in Australia I charge about $130 to completely check a Bolex including the lens collimation, so that a filmmaker can be confident in the equipment and focus on the job at hand - making a film. Sometimes it's a simple thing like a bent side-rail spring or gummed-up gate that can ruin the footage, while the rest of the camera is fine. Sometimes a $30 part needs replacing, or a lens needs a 15 minute adjustment. Other times the camera is a wreck and needs a complete overhaul. But at least you know. Ideally a cine camera should be serviced every few years, even if it seems to keep chugging along. Much like a car. For a complete Bolex service (CLA) I charge about $400.

 

If you've already spent money on an old camera and want to use it I would urge anyone to first have it checked by a qualified technician. For a few extra dollars you can be confident that the camera will actually function properly.


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