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#1 Tanasio Loudermill

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 12:25 PM

Hi,

 

I'm a student working on my first short film for a class. I checked out all the equipment I needed to start shooting including a Bolex H16 Reflex movie camera. I put a wind in the camera, went to load the film into it, and realized that it won't run! So now, the camera has sat overnight with a wind in it that I have no way of getting out. And seemingly no one else has had this issue because I couldn't find it in any forums.

 

Can ANYONE please help?!?!?! I'm totally freaking out!


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 12:53 PM

The first thing that comes to mind is checking the clutch. This disconnects the spring motor and allows you to rewind film and use an external motor.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 01:07 PM

The first thing that comes to mind is checking the clutch. This disconnects the spring motor and allows you to rewind film and use an external motor.

 

Is that the same thing as the spring disengage lever? It's currently set to the "M" position. If it isn't the same thing, how do I check the clutch? Thank you!


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:04 PM

From memory the lever is in the up position when using the spring motor, which is the M position. Try operating this lever a few times together with the continuous run, if it doesn't work there could be something that needs to be checked by a camera engineer. I wouldn't worry about the spring being left wound overnight it's more a longer storage thing. 


Edited by Brian Drysdale, 05 April 2014 - 02:05 PM.

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#5 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:39 PM

Do you have a rewind crank?
If so, set the clutch lever to "o" and see if you can advance or reverse the mechanism with the crank. Sometimes a liitle piece of broken film lodges itself in the claw area and blocks the claw movement.

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#6 Tanasio Loudermill

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 05:18 PM

Do you have a rewind crank?
If so, set the clutch lever to "o" and see if you can advance or reverse the mechanism with the crank. Sometimes a liitle piece of broken film lodges itself in the claw area and blocks the claw movement.

Jean-Louis

 

When the backwind key is inserted, it can move forward, but it's very glitchy and difficult. Trying to go backward is even more difficult.


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#7 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:39 PM

If the camera is still loaded, I would suggest you open the camera in the dark and see if you can feel the loop and see if anything else seems abnormal. If the loop is incorrect, the camera will not run properly.

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#8 Tanasio Loudermill

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 08:51 PM

If the camera is still loaded, I would suggest you open the camera in the dark and see if you can feel the loop and see if anything else seems abnormal. If the loop is incorrect, the camera will not run properly.

Jean-Louis

 

That's the thing, though. I never got the camera loaded because I pressed the run button and nothing happened.


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#9 Chris Millar

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

Take out the pressure plate then operate (but not force) the rewind crank (in '0') while observing the rollers and claw mechanism inside, you might be able to spot something ...  


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:13 AM

Tanasio

  Did you ever get your situation corrected?

 

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#11 Tanasio Loudermill

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:26 AM

No Rich I did not. But, the camera is back with the university now and they're saying there might be a problem with the spring in the camera. Thanks!


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