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Simon Wyss

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  • Birthday 12/02/1961

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    Near Basel
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    Cinema pioneers

    Commercial hand processing of motion-picture films
    Step contact printing

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  1. If I had the camera with me, I’d adjust that for free. It’s too difficult to explain. Maybe you’d like to have the camera serviced anyway.
  2. No, the two-blades shutter mechanism opens until 135 degrees. You count with 133 degrees as compensation for the shutter not throwing a sharp shadow on the film but that’s rather a swiss pedantry. For 180 degrees you would have to exchange the shutter group (plus more). There is actually no two-blades variable shutter design that goes to 180 degrees. The blades must still overlap in the widest open position. Three-blades variable shutters exist, for example with the Mitchell 16 Professional, going to 235 degrees, from serial number 227 on. A beautiful camera by the way Paillard-Bolex
  3. Possibly the set screws in the shutter helical gear are not tightened. Could be something worse such as the shutter group missing. How much did you pay?
  4. Yes, it has a variable shutter.
  5. The H 16 was made from 1935 to 2016, the latest examples assembled from spare parts with Bolex International, Yverdon, Switzerland. If it means anything to you, I can assure you that there are a number of trained technicians around the globe who know the Paillard-Bolex products very well, have replacement parts, and will service lenses as well as a camera. With a Krasnogorsk you get a mirror reflex camera with a few inherent flaws and no particular service. What concerns lenses I should say that there are way more C-mount optics in reach than M-42 ones, literally hundreds, made since
  6. It’s not the most important thing. A seal can’t prevent dust entering, be it the original rubber foam striping, be it something else. One would need to seal the duct airtight, for instance if one is going to shoot in the sand. The annoying part is the eyepiece in your case. I think it takes a little too much knowledge to service all that correctly but I’d never deny anyone the ability to find out. What I shall not do is to walk somebody through the job, which is the trend experiment today. Have you already exposed some film with that camera?
  7. You may end up having disassembled half the camera in an attempt to remove all dirt. If you can imagine the 55 years old mechanism could well do with a service, let me know. Just of late an other person from Scotland was inquiring.
  8. There are two planes of focus in the finder system, one is the frosted double-prism upper surface, the other lies close to the front element of the ocular. If the specks don’t change position upon a lens swap, they’re in the finder and therefore won’t affect the exposed image.
  9. With the early reflex model the eyecup needs to be unscrewed. Use a rubber grip pad and, if necessary, pipe tongs.
  10. A practical knack, only stop down immediately prior to exposure. Have the diaphragm fully open at f/1.4 for instance, frame and focus. Then read value from lightmeter, memorize, prepare finally for shooting and close iris as the last move. If finder image is too dark to follow an object, switch to side finder (on camera lid). Have a rubber eyecup on there. If still unpractical, use a mirror reflex camera. Or a non-reflex Bolex with a reflex finder zoom lens. Or the Elgeet Cine-Flex. Or less sensitive film or an ND filter eventually in order to bring diaphragm openings to f/5.6 or f/4.
  11. If I were in your place, I’d remove all lenses from the turret and have a close look at the mirror shutter while revolving it slowly by the motor knob. Are its edges intact or is there anything chipped off? Does light reflected from it wobble? Then I’d turn the turret to get a feel of whether there’s dirt around and that the click stops work nicely. Second, a look through the finder should give a sharp view of the ground glass (eyepiece adjusted to eye). Next you insert a lens, preferably of longer focal length, open the diaphragm, and try to focus for infinity on something quite distant.
  12. I see the technical focus issues, breathing, but here the lens is set wrongly. The characters (FR F) in the right hand top corner are sharp, the foreground isn’t:
  13. I have a super 8 camera and it is not running. The camera is in great condition. It comes with a battery. I would like to know if you can repair it and the price. I am located at NYC.  




    1. Simon Wyss

      Simon Wyss

      Hi, Andy, please excuse for the long delay! I haven’t been here for a while and the messenger was down. My bad

      For Super-8 I am not the person to talk to. No Super-8, no Single-8 here.

      Many thanks nonetheless for the asking!


      Simon Wyss, https://www.film-mechanik.ch

  14. I have a couple. Overhauled and with a warranty, please contact me via PM.
  15. . . . that the 100-ft. mag. CKS film path is unorthodox. The 200’s is straight.
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