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Just purchased my first Bolex! Any tips for use?


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#1 Joshua Ian Parisi

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 09:15 AM

I purchased a non reflex Bolex H-16 DeLuxe from ebay with a octameter as well as a critical focus viewfinders. I've shot a couple of small projects with the Bolex Reflex series, but I was wondering what things i should keep in mind for the non reflex variant.

 

Also, It doesn't come with lenses, I was planning on picking those up further down the line. Just to play around with, would I get satisfactory results by using ef or Fd adapters to c mount?


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#2 Mark Dunn

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 09:32 AM

Adapters should work as long as they allow stop-down.

Of course lenses meant for 35mm. will be rather long for 16 and the focal lengths may not match the octameter markings.


Edited by Mark Dunn, 11 October 2014 - 09:35 AM.

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#3 aapo lettinen

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 06:50 PM

if using larger format lenses it is usually good idea to use matte box and hard mattes or black tape mask to increase contrast and reduce flare, the ff lenses have lots of spare area to flare, especially with older coatings.

 

some adapters may not have been made to exact specs and the lenses's focus scales may not be perfectly calibrated so it is a good idea to check all the combinations first before serious shooting. 

I usually shoot the tests in b/w film and develop it by myself so the results can be seen very quickly


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