- Bolex H16 Rex 5
- Bolex H16 Rex 4
These are both top of the line 16mm motion picture cameras. They are not modified for 16:9 Super 16 aspect ratio but rather the standard 4:3 “Square TV” aspect ratio.
These cameras are capable of 12, 16, 18, 24, 32, 48 and 64 frame rates, meaning they can do in-camera fast or slow motion effects. They also have variable shutters which can be used for in-camera fades or different in-camera effects such as a “choppy” or “smooth” shooting style.
The in-camera spring motor can be disengaged and can be used to “hand crank” the film backwards which can allow for multiple exposures and multi frame exposures with the use of a matte box. The hand crank can also be utilized as a literal hand crank and can be used to give an in-camera “silent movie” variable frame rate style similar to films made from the 1890’s to the 1920’s. This also allows the cameras to be used with an intervalometer or “time lapse” motor.
The spring motor can also be disengaged and an electric motor can be attached allowing for 24 fps “crystal sync” shooting. Meaning it can be used to sync scenes filmed with the intention of sound. In music videos this would be used to sync vocals and performances.
Behind the C-Mount lens is a filter holder that can accept nearly any kind of filter available allowing for any kind of creative design shooting styles.
The Rex 5 camera can have a 400 foot magazine attached to the top allowing the camera to shoot approximately 10 minutes of film instead of the 100 foot rolls which clock in at approximately 2 and half minutes.
The cameras are capable of accepting every kind of 16mm film on the market as well as older discontinued film stock.
The Bolex has been a staple of experimental filmmaking since the 1930’s and are without question the most versatile 16mm camera ever made. I have been shooting with Bolex cameras since 2004 and have extensive knowledge of nearly every aspect of their use. I have used and owned many different 16mm cameras over the years but the Bolex is the camera I always come back to. It is without a doubt the most powerful camera in my arsenal. I also own nearly every accessory designed for the camera as listed below. I have 2 Bolex’s that are virtually the same camera so this will allow for multi camera film shoots.
16mm Bolex Lenses and Accessaries
- 2 Kern-Pillard 18-86mm F2.5 Zooms
- Kern-Pillard 16mm f1.8 Prime
- Angenieux 10mm f1.8 Fixed Prime
- Bolex-Switar 25mm f1.4 Prime
- Angenieux 5.9mm f1.8 Fixed Prime
- Battery powered 24fps crystal sync motor
- 400 foot magazine with motor
- Hand grips for both battery motor and normal camera operation
- 10 customizable filter holders
- Time Flow TIV-300B intervalometer for time lapse
- Revolution Intervalometer for time lapse
- Matte box for zoom lens
- Matte box for prime lens
Super 8 Camera
- Braun Nizo 801 Super 8
- Panasonic AG-160 Pro Line VHS
- Panasonic Palmcorder IQ-1Q304 VHS-S
- Sony HDR-FX1 Mini DV
Lighting and Support
- Mole Richardson 2K “Baby”
- 2 Mole Richardson 650k “Tweenie”
- Mole Richardson 200k “Inbetweenie”
- Small LED variable color temperature lights
- Small camera mounted LED light
- Light stands
- C Stand
- Sand bags
- Extension Cords
- Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III light meter
- Multiple tripods
- Multiple light gels and filters