Jump to content
Mark J St Hilaire

Super 16 Lens on a non Reflex Bolex H 16

Recommended Posts

Can one use a Super 16 Zoom Berthiot Lens on a Bolex H16 Non-Reflex (Vintage 1949)? Will there be any visual distortions? Thank You. Mark J St Hilaire

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depends.

 

You will probably have back-focus issues trying to use that lens IF it was originally manufactured and intended for a Reflex Bolex. The flange-depth of non-reflex C mount lenses is different from reflex C mount lenses. Reflex lenses have a longer flange-focal distance than non reflex to accommodate the reflex prism.

 

https://erkanumut.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/bolex-h16-lenses/

 

You could remove the pressure pad on the Bolex, place a bit of frosted film in the gate, mount the lens and check for sharp focus.

 

This is, of course, very difficult to see, even with a magnifier, as the gate is at an angle. An uncommon accessory, the gate prism, would certainly help here...

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/rare-vintage-BOLEX-Paillard-Switzerland-VIEWFINDER-camera-movie-prism-8mm-16mm/222871324427?hash=item33e42a870b:g:r2wAAOSwz~paJ6eN

 

To be extremely picky, the lens is centered incorrectly for the standard film aperture, but that shouldn't pose too much of an issue in all practicality...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What do you mean by "super16 Berthiot zoom"?

The Berthiot zooms were designed long before super16 even existed. They're made for regular 16mm and should work fine on your H-16.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Metropolis Post



    Serious Gear



    Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS



    New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment



    Tai Audio



    Visual Products



    Glidecam



    Gamma Ray Digital Inc



    Ritter Battery



    Wooden Camera



    Rig Wheels Passport



    Broadcast Solutions Inc



    Abel Cine



    CineLab



    Paralinx LLC


×
×
  • Create New...