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#1 Vincent

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:53 PM

I want to use 16mm film for my next projects because I'm one of those f*ck-digital-guys. my budget is not that high, maybe 1000$ and I think, the best 16mm camera I can get is the Bolex EBM. there is only one problem: I don't know how to run this camera cheaply. bolex offers some battery equipment and I can find some eBay auctions to, but I don't want to spend 500$ for used, 40-year old gear. my question: does anyone know about a cheap method for running this camera? it would be very helpfull, cheers, vincent:)
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:31 PM

Just hook up a 12V lantern battery, they're about $15 and will give you plenty of power.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:11 PM

I just went thru similar situation with an EL that I purchased that didn't come with power supply.  I ended up getting an AC/DC power supply from the local Salvation Army (they had dozens and I found one that met my requirements) for $3.  I needed to purchase the specific connector online for the EL which was another $10 and did a minor bit of soldering.  It works great.  For battery pack, I got a holder for 10 AA batteries and bought some decent rechargeables.  I think battery holder was $4 and about $25 worth of batteries.  And another minor bit of soldering.  All together, I've got about $50 invested and have power if I have an outlet or need to run off of batteries.  I can provide links & additional info.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:36 PM

[quote name="tom lombard"
I can provide links & additional info.[/quote]
yes, please provide some links, thank you both for answering

Edited by Vincent, 21 March 2017 - 12:37 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

Do you don't have the battery grip? I got my new Bolex battery for $160 shipped and the charger was a few bux on ebay. Sure it was "expensive" for an old camera, but it works great.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:52 PM

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=23663  is the thread that gave me a start in the right direction.  the link to the connector at Mouser was still good however it may be that you'll need a different connector for the EBM than for the EL.  

 

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=73979 is the thread i started as i progressed thru.  i initially had an AC to 12vDC power supply that provided 2 amps (or bit more) but it wouldn't fire my EL.  the one i mention in this thread provides 3.3 amps and works very well.  for batteries, i initially tried (just because i had them) 8, 1.5V AA alkalizes but they didn't work.  i went to 10, 1.2V rechargeable AA but the amperage would only fire my EL at some FPS speeds but not all.  i them went to a better grade of rechargeable AA and that seemed to work fine at most FPS speeds.  i redid a big of my amateurish soldering and it worked even better :) 


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:55 PM

i like the looks of the battery grip i've seen on eBay for the EBM.  would that work on the EL as well?  it looks so much easier to hold the camera than just cradling it in your hands.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:02 PM

I saw a method using AA batteries to power a beaulieu as well. it seems to be a nice idea, thank you for your help:) maybe I buy a Bolex EL, too, it seems to be as good as the EBM and is inexpebsive. Unfortunatly, I'm not an god of the electrics, but i will do it.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:02 PM

I saw a method using AA batteries to power a beaulieu as well. it seems to be a nice idea, thank you for your help:) maybe I buy a Bolex EL, too, it seems to be as good as the EBM and is inexpebsive. Unfortunatly, I'm not an god of the electrics, but i will do it.
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