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#1 Michele Cadonna

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 07:35 PM

Hello everyone! After some time of lurking I've decided to join this forum.

After shooting Super8 for several years I would like to start shooting 16mm. I was thinking that a pretty nice camera to sharp my teeth with, even though it's not a reflex, would be the Bell & Howell 240 EE: I think I would prefer it over the Krasnogorsk K3 over pin registration and portability.

The one I've found includes its standard 20mm f/1.9 Super Comat lens and a B&H Filmo 16 17mm viewfinder.
I would like to know if this viewfinder is the right one for the standard 20mm lens and which viewfinder I should choose for the wide Angle and telephoto lenses. Would these fit the camera?

http://www.ebay.it/i...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

http://www.ebay.it/i...sYAAOxyY3ZRtxXS


Thank you very much in advance for your time!
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 09:34 PM

Welcome to the forum Michele.

I don't have that camera, but I know from collecting other Bell and Howell cameras that they made a lot of products and the various attachments aren't always interchangeable. The UK Bell and Howell offerings were sometimes different to the US ones as well.

From looking at the 240EE manual that is online, the wide and tele attachments look a bit different to the ones in that eBay listing.

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They might be for one of Bell and Howell's 8mm cameras.

Regarding the viewfinder lenses, presumably there was a 20mm finder lens to match the 20mm Super Comat, but 17mm isn't far off, and it's better to have a slightly larger view than a smaller one.
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#3 Michele Cadonna

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 04:26 AM

G'day Dom, thank you for the helpful answer. 

 

So, by logic, a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens will need viewfinders that have their same size or slightly less, right?


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Posted 02 December 2016 - 04:41 AM

Yes, so the tele attachment might turn the lens into a 50mm, requiring a 50mm finder lens, while the wide angle might end up turning it into something like a 10 or 15mm.
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#5 Michele Cadonna

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 02:05 PM

Cheers Dom. Perhaps you, or anybody else, know if the 240 EE accepts the V or VI series lenses?


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:16 AM

Michele,

 

Have you sorted out which lens attachments to use on your 16mm 240EE?

 

The ones in the eBay auction you posted are for the B&H 252 or 220 series 8mm roll film cameras. They won't work on your 16mm 240EE.

 

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