(A summary of my questions are bullet pointed below the first paragraph)
I am looking at buying a Bolex with the purpose of doing a few short films and music videos over the next 12 months . This will also be the first 16mm film camera I own and I good starting point before I move on to a 16sr3 advanced. I have done my research on the camera and most answers say the SBM, EBM and Rex 4 and 5 models are the best to convert to super 16. However I feel I need to ask a more basic question on what people in this forum would suggest, as I can ask more direct questions and hopefully get more specific answers. I know the basic benefits of converting to Super 16, but I'm more interested in what bolex model people would suggest is the best for the job. I could spend between £1,200-£1,500 on the camera but obviously if a cheaper option is just as good that'd be fantastic. I have seen some super 16 SBM for around $2,999 so yes! So here are my questions in summary.
-What is the best model in my price range to buy to convert to super 16?
-This may sound stupid but I know the issues with the beamsplitter and the widening of the viewfinder with conversion, but can a PL mount be put on the camera without it having undergone the conversion, as have read and seen people putting Zeiss super speeds on these cameras.
- If the new faceplate reads bolex H super 16, what bolex model was that before the conversion (again may sound stupid).
I do have more questions on the topic, but once I get a reply I may ask more ahah.
I am hoping to do a project in late June this year so If anyone has any information they might think is helpful that would be much appreciated.