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Dr. Thomas Faehrenkemper

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  1. It is a NON RX lens, but you can use it between f 4 and 22 without any problems.
  2. Had the same problem on my 481 macro. First of all, you must remove the cover with the switches, 4 tiny screws. Remove the plate and have a close look at the contacts, that might be dirty or even oxidized. First step is to clean them carefully, with some contact spray on a cotton wool stick, do not spray directly into the camera!!! Second, it can be necessary to bend the contact (arrow on the right) that is soldered with the white lead and moved by the lever with the plastic cap - just a little bit to reduce the force necessary to move the contact arm. This finally helped to cure my Nizo 481. More instructions for DIY Nizo repair see here: https://www.filmvorfuehrer.de/topic/22741-diy-nizo-reparatur (in German)
  3. The easiest way to get gelatine filters for the Bolex in all colors and for a lifetime (!) is to order this little booklet from Lee Filters. Maybe it is for free in the US, but you can buy it on Ebay: https://www.ebay.de/itm/323904610725
  4. Dear Derick, some R16 have an automatic exposure or and all a TTL exposure meter, so with the battery handgrip it is very suitable for street shooting. The Bolex is much slower and the spring drive mostly leaves you alone when the situation is on the peak. Have a nice rendezvous with the 25 years younger French lady, you won't regret it!☺️
  5. Simon, please don't misunderstand me, the Bolex is a mechanical masterpiece and its versatility is really outstanding, but in most cases I go with my Beaulieu. 🙂
  6. Hm. The R16 with battery and a set of Tevidon primes is 2820g, the Bolex Rex 4 with 3 Schneider primes without electric motor is 3400 g. Electrically driven it will be more than 5000g...
  7. I have them both, the Bolex SBM and the R16 and the 2016, respectively. In most cases I use the Beaulieu, the r16 as well as the 2016. Focusing is a joy, as the finder is bright and brilliant, and picture quality is equal - to my opinion. And the Bolex is a heavy brick...
  8. Hayden, I can mail you a repair manual for the R16. First part is Swedish or Fin, second part is English. Big file about 32Mb pdf. Please send me a PN. Regards Thomas
  9. I have a meter and a (new) CdS-cell, there is no further electronics in the meter circuit, so it should work. The motor is same as in a 4008, so you might be lucky to get an old one for a spare part crop. Over all, the R16 is simple, and you can get a service manual on www.filmvorführer.de. Björn Andersson in Sweden still repairs Beaulieu movie cameras and has spare parts in stock. Regards, Thomas
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