There are a couple of uses I can see for using a matte-box/bellows on my EL. However, the front of the base on my EL doesn't appear to have any way to mount one. I've looked at a lot of photos of various Bolexes and various matte-box/bellows and it appears that there should be a threaded opening on the front of the camera base to allow the bellows to be bolted on. Is there a special plate I need to find (or make) for the front of my camera base? Is the missing threaded opening just a designed limitation of the EL? Maybe what I am looking for is hidden under the leather and I just need to pull it off? Thanks, Tom
Bolex special plate for matte box?
Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:28 AM
Yes indeed, the two threaded holes you are looking for are under the leatherette. Peel it back and you will see two screws that must be broken loose and then removed to access the smooth plate to mount the original Bolex matte box. Keep the screws and use them to attach the matte box.
Robert M. Ditto
Posted 12 March 2017 - 01:40 PM
Yep. Pulled it and found the screws. They & the plate they retain are free. Thanks, Tom