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  1. I have a Bell & Howell 200 twin turret camera which I've had for some time , but until now has only been a nice looking 'paper weight'. (it's a 16mm 50'ft. magazine camera, not easy to get film for these cameras; the mags are designed to take 2-perf film.) But I've wanted to try it out . I didn't realize until recently there is an alternative method of loading these magazines that allows for the use of 1-perf film. The camera winds and runs , sounds smooth, no squealing, grinding or clunking, but of course it is unlikely to have been serviced in the last 50+ years ... so I'm wondering if I should try to add a few drops of lube ... I would imagine it's fairly simple inside , it looks like there are only 4 screws on the right side of the camera , which I think will give me access to any parts that need lubrication ... and one big screw in the middle of the winding key ... but I wonder if the spring is going to jump out if I take the side of the camera off or if the spring is in some sort of container which prevents it from unraveling ? Anyone have any experience with opening these up and adding fresh lube ? Anything I should watch out for ?
  2. Thank you for that thorough summary of the processing options, Martin. (I must say, over the years I've copied and saved so many of your posts from this forum and other filmmaking forums. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for always being so willing to share your encyclopedic knowledge .)
  3. Yes, I have some of the slip-on series filter adapter rings that work. (although that still means I have to find old Series V or Series VI drop in filters , not the modern screw-on filters) . The 24mm adapter fits on some of the Kern lenses (but not the Kern Switar 5.5mm f/1.8, which has a wider rim ... I think I need to find one that is 25mm or 26mm to fit the Switar 5.5mm f/1.8 ). But I was just curious about whether anyone knows the exact thread size of the Bolex retainer ring shown in the set of photos above , to see if I can use a threaded step up ring that is 28mm (?) to 37mm . However, I suppose I just need to buy the 28mm to 37mm step up ring to try it. [this shows a Kodak Series V adapter 24mm , which will fit around the rim of this Kern Switar 12.5mm f/1.5 lens]
  4. If you or anyone else needs the user manual for the Gossen Bolex light meter , it can be found here: https://www.butkus.org/chinon/flashes_meters/bolex/bolex_meter.htm
  5. Bumping this up to note that Alexandre Favre has a campaign going on now to raise funds to complete the film. https://wemakeit.com/projects/paillard-bolex-the-movie
  6. Here's another one to add to the original , long-ago , list : Metropolitan - directed by Whit Stillman, Cinematographer John Thomas. Super 16 . Arri .
  7. I have a Bolex lens (filter) question for you Bolex experts: On many of the Kern D-mount lenses (for the 8mm cameras) the thread size is 21mm . This takes a retaining ring and lens hood (Bolex catalog code: “ADUNI” ) . You screw in the retaining ring, then drop in a Series 4.5 filter , then screw on the lens hood to hold the filter in place. I have found the selection of Series 4.5 filters to be limited and hard to come by. I want to attach a step-up ring to be able to use more commonly found 37mm or 43mm filters. I have found a 21mm to 37mm step-up ring on eBay which I hope will fit the thread pitch on the Kern lenses … OR my other thought was whether it would be better to leave the Bolex retaining ring on the lens and attach the step-up ring to the retaining ring ? However, I don’t know exactly what the thread size is on the upper part of the retaining ring … it’s slightly wider than a Series 4.5 filter (25.4mm) … according to this website: https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-accessory/series-filters Series 4.5 filter retaining ring size is 28.6mm … I have seen Step-Up rings listed for 28mm to 37mm or 28mm to 43mm . Would a 28mm step-up ring work or do I need a 29mm step-up ring ? (I’m not seeing such a thing as a 29mm step-up ring available , so I’m hoping 28mm will work ) . See the photos.
  8. Old topic, but could continue to be updated: "Black Swan" (2010) although I think some of Black Swan was shot digitally, not on film. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012) "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012) "Fruitvale Station" (2013) “Carol” (2015) "Certain Women" (2016) “Jackie” (2016) "The Old Man and the Gun" (2018) "Mid-90's" (2018) I'm sure there are others , including feature-length documentaries . I was surprised on the original thread that no one mentioned the famous surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" (1966). And reaching further into the past , all the Walt Disney "True Life Adventure" nature films were shot on 16mm (blown up to 35mm for distribution) , although many of those were two-reelers such as "Seal Island" , "Bear Country", and others , but "The Living Desert" (1953) , "The Vanishing Prairie" (1954) , and "The African Lion" (1955) were feature length. (a complete list is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True-Life_Adventures ) .
  9. I did get a message from Cinelab regarding their processing of Fomapan R-100: "We use our own brew of B&W Reversal chemistry , but Steve runs the Foma separate from Tri-X at different time/temp settings. We all shoot the product and I would say 100 ISO would be ok ."
  10. True indeed. I'm hoping that is why Robert will see this post and comment .
  11. I'm about to shoot some Fomapan for the first time. Reading the tech specs from Foma I find this line : "The film has a nominal speed rating of ISO 100/21o when processed in R-100 Process. Other processes can cause deviations from the nominal film speed. It is, therefore, recommended that the real film speed be checked by trial tests in such cases" . At Cinelab are you using the R-100 process per Foma's tech sheet and do you recommend that I expose the film at the box speed of 100 ISO ? I am asking because I recall having come across a few comments from users on other photography forums which indicated they think that 100 ISO is not accurate , the Foma 100 works better if treated as 80 ISO (one person even said he treats it as 50 ISO ! ) , but I wonder if this is influenced by the greater number of options for developing times that still photographers use or they may have been discussing using Foma 100 negative film (?) , so I may be misunderstanding what I read. Would you say I should just set my light meter for exposing the Foma R-100 as 100 ISO and not worry about it ?
  12. I recently picked up one of these Paillard-Bolex "Surefire" handgrips . It works well. I like the handle with the built-in cable release. It balances better with my older and lighter non-reflex H8 than with the heavier H16 REX4 . But I'm wondering if anyone knows about the supposedly "reversible" screw mount ? The description in Andrew Alden's 'Bolex Bible' says that it has a "reversible mounting screw which has both Congress [3/8"] and Kodak [1/4"] threads" , but I can't find any way to release the mounting screw from the handle to reverse it. Mine has a 1/4" screw , which works fine for me , but I'm just trying to figure out if Alden's description has it wrong or if I am not understanding how to release it so that the screw can be reversed . Another description of it here: http://bolexh16user.net/SurefireHandgrip.htm also says "The screw that tightens the grip to the camera is one of the reversible mounting types and has both 3/8" European thread and 1/4" Kodak thread." (although that web page may just be repeating information from the 'Bolex Bible' ? )
  13. For some reason the link I posted to the photos does not work anymore (it worked before , I tested it before posting). Hopefully this will work: Angenieux 'Special P' lenses for Bolex RX
  14. I'm glad you mentioned that ... I would never have known to look for the "Special P" marking (and would not have known what it meant if I did see it) , I would have simply assumed they would be marked "RX" like the Kern lenses . After a little searching around on Google Image Search I found some photos on old eBay listings. The Angenieux "Special P" lenses also have a distinctive black band , which is the depth-of-field scale. So far I've found photos of a Angenieux 10mm , Angenieux 25mm and Angenieux 17-68mm zoom lens with the "Special P" marking. (see photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/S38dsKfudvGa8pzL6 ) The regular Angenieux 10mm is designated R21 and the RX ("Special P") version is designated R22. The regular Angenieux 25mm is designated S41 and the RX ("Special P") version is designated S42.
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