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Josh Bloomer

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  1. I recently received a Bolex H16 Reflex along with a Vario Switar 100 POE lens and Cine-Velostigmat 2” f1.5 C-mount lens. It used to belong to my grandfather and until now has been boxed up and untouched for probably decades. The main mechanisms still run and appear to be working fine. I flipped out the prism on the camera and noticed a few small specks, but nothing I would have thought would be significant enough to produce the spots seen in the image. There are also some particles seen from the viewfinder, but what I see in the viewfinder I don’t see any signs of to that extent on the prism itself, and don't show up at the same locations they do on the processed film. So I went in thinking it wouldn’t have any affect on the final image itself. Viewfinder - Dust Particles I shot a roll of film to test the Bolex out, but noticed several dark spots on the image when it was processed, especially in shots using the Cine-Velostigmat lens. The spots became sharper and more prominent as the f was increased. I looked at the lens itself, but didn’t see any obvious signs that I thought would have produced anything this bad. Final Image from Cine-Velostigmat Lens Cine-Velostigmat Lens I also shot with the Switar lens. What’s interesting is that the image is much cleaner. I can detect very slight dark spots but they are much more out of focus compared to what I see from the other lens. I also noticed, though, that the Switar has all these spots on the back of it. However, since the image it produced wasn't nearly as affected, this makes me think this isn't the root of the issue. Final Image from Vario-Switar Lens Vario-Switar Lens This was my first time shooting any kind of film whatsoever, let alone operating the Bolex. Does anyone have any insight/educated guesses as to what might be causing these dark spots, or how I might be able to further troubleshoot? Aside from what I did, I don’t really know what else to look out for. I’d be happy to give out more details or take more pictures of the equipment. Any help would be appreciated - thanks in advance!
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