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Juan Carlos Rosero

AUTO CINE A

16mm Camera

1928


AUTOCINE A


The Auto Cine A was the first camera
produced by Jacques Bogopolsky under the
Bolex name. He had previously patented the
Bol Cinegraph

in 1924; a combination 35mm
motion picture camera and projector that could
film, as well as project both still and moving
images.


16mm film had become an increasingly
popular gauge among amateurs since its
introduction by Kodak in 1923. In 1928,
Bogopolsky introduced the Bolex Auto Cine
which accepted 50ft daylight loading spools of
16mm film.

AUTOCINE A


OVERALL DIMENSIONS:

Approximately 6in x 6in x 2
2/5in (15cm x 15cm x 6cm)


WEIGHT:

Approximately 3.5 lbs (1.5 kg)


OUTER CASE:

Polished aluminum alloy, covered with
black crinkle paint.


FILM CAPACITY:

50 ft (15m) daylight loading spools
of 16mm film.


THREADING:

Manual threading


MOTOR:

Constant speed, key wound spring motor.
Winding key could be removed or simply folded back
against its side when not in use.


LENS:

Fitted with a 25mm Anastigmat f/3.5, but
without an interchangeable mount.

AUTOCINE A


VIEWFINDER:

Built
-
in optical preview finder.


PRECISE SPEED:

Exposures are made at 16 frames
per second.


RELEASE BUTTON:

Finger tip release allows for
continuous exposures.


SHUTTER:

Speed of each exposure is 1/40th second.


FOOTAGE COUNTER:

built
-
in; indicates the amount
of film run through the camera.


MANUAL CRANKING:

could be accomplished on
later versions of this model, as well as backwinding.
Two sockets on the side of the counter allowed for
hand cranking at different rates; one turn progessing 8
frames or two turns progressing 1 frame.


AUTO CINE B

16mm Camera

1929


AUTOCINE B


The second variation of Bogopolsky's Auto
Cine camera featured an enlarged housing
to accept spools of 100 ft length. The basic
design was later incorporated into the
Paillard Bolex H model camera.


The Auto Cine B was supplied in three
variants; the only distinguishing feature
being the lens with which it was fitted.


Hermagis Anastigmat f3.5 25mm fixed focus


Kern Anastigmat f2.5 25mm focus mount


Meyer Kino Plasmat f1.5 25mm focus mount

H
-
16

16mm Camera

1935


H
-
16


By 1930, Jacques Bogopolsky had sold the
Bolex patents to Paillard of Yverdon
Switzerland; a manufacturer of Hermes
typewriters and other products. Paillard
-
Bolex
was formed as the cine division of Paillard.


The Bolex H
-
16 was introduced in 1935. The
design appears to have been loosely based on
the Bolex Autocine B. However, it was a
radically different camera. Among the most
notable improvements was the addition of a
three lens turret and variable speed dial.

H
-
16


THREADING:

Automatic threading and loop
forming throughout the entire mechanism.


MOTOR:

Constant speed, spring motor
mechanism; governor controlled. Large winding
handle folds downward and attaches to camera
when not in use. Spring cannot be over
-
wound.
8:1 external drive shaft permits the attachment
of an electric motor.


TURRET:

Rotating turret accommodates three
interchangeable C mount lenses. The top
position allows for critical focusing through a
groundglass screen on later versions of this
model.

H
-
16


VIEWFINDER:

accessory Tri Focal viewfinder
gives an exact viewing field for lenses of 3 focal
lengths. Later versions of this model had a built
-
in critical focus viewer with optional cupped
eyepiece.


VARIABLE SPEED:

8, 16, 24, 32 and 64
frames per second with the ability to change
speeds while the camera is running.


RELEASE BUTTON:

provides for the making
of continuous exposures by a finger
-
tip release
on the front of the camera. A side release
allows for locked, hands
-
free running or single
frame exposures.

H
-
16


SHUTTER:

190 degree disc shutter,
operates at 118/1000 of an inch from
emulsion side of film with an exposure rate of
1/30 second at 16 fps.


FOOTAGE COUNTER:

adds and subtracts
accurately in forward or reverse motion and
automatically returns to zero when film is
reloaded into the camera.


AUDIBLE FOOTAGE INDICATOR:

A
distinct click announces the passing of each
10 inches of film through the gate. This
mechanism may be disengaged, if desired,
by simply moving a lever.

H
-
16


FRAME COUNTER:

An accessory frame
counter could be attached to the motor crank
shaft. Two separate counters registered
increments of single frames and 50 frames as
the film progressed.


SINGLE FRAME:

Time lapse and animation is
possible by using the side release button or an
accessory cable release and adapter; I
-
T lever
allows for timed or instantaneous single
exposures.


MANUAL REWIND:

Clutch disengages spring
motor and permits forward movement and
backwind without running down the spring;
allows for dissolves and superimposition.


TRIPOD SOCKET:

3/8" thread

H
-
9


9.5mm Camera 1935


The 9.5mm gauge, introduced by Pathe' in
1922, never caught on as an amateur
format. Perhaps because of this, the H
-
9
appears to have never been sold by either
the American Bolex company or Paillard
Products of New York.


The H9 is otherwise similar in construction
to the H
-
16.

H
-
8

8mm Camera

1938


H
-
8


The Bolex H
-
8 was introduced shortly after the
H
-
16 and shared similar features.


Bolex cameras in the H8 non
-
reflex series:
H
-
8, H
-
8 Leader, H
-
8 Standard, H
-
8 Deluxe, H
-
8
T and H
-
8 S.



Bolex cameras in the H16 non
-
reflex series:
H
-
16, H
-
16 Leader, H
-
16 Standard, H
-
16
Deluxe, H
-
16 Supreme, H
-
16 T and H
-
16 S.

H
-
16 REFLEX

16mm
Camera

1956


H
-
16 Reflex


The Bolex reflex used a semi
-
reflecting
prism located behind the lens and in front
of the shutter. The advantage was flicker
-
free viewing during filming. However, it
produced a slight loss of light diverted by
the reflecting prism (approximately 25%).

H
-
16 Reflex


Bolex Cameras in the H16 Reflex Series:
H16 Reflex, H16 REX, H16 REX
-
2, H16
REX
-
3, H16 REX
-
4 and H16 REX
-
5.



Identifying features:
The first model of
H16 Reflex is often mistaken for the later
H16 REX. An original first model H16
Reflex can be identified as such by looking
at the viewfinder; the control knob for
eyesight adjustment on this model is
located on the side of the finder. The most
distinguishing feature, compared to later
reflex models, is that it
does not

have a
variable shutter control lever.

H
-
16 REX
-
5

16mm
Camera

1967


H
-
16 REX
-
5


OVERALL DIMENSIONS:

9" x 6" x 3"


WEIGHT:

6 lbs. 12 oz.; Approximately 8 1/2
lbs with magazine.


OUTER CASE:

Highly polished duraluminium
body, covered in genuine Morocco leather.
Metal parts are chrome
-
plated.


FILM CAPACITY:

100ft (30m) daylight loading
spools of 16mm film. Saddle accepts 400ft
(120m) magazine.

H
-
16 REX
-
5


THREADING:

Automatic threading and
loop forming. The end of the film is simply
placed in a channel leading to the feed
sprocket. The release is pressed and the
film is then automatically threaded
throughout the entire mechanism.


MOTOR:

Constant speed, spring motor
mechanism; governor controlled. Large
winding handle folds downward and
attaches to camera when not in use.
Spring cannot be over
-
wound. 8:1 and 1:1
external drive shaft permits the attachment
of an electric motor.

H
-
16 REX
-
5


TURRET:

Rotating turret with folding
lever; Accommodates three
interchangeable RX type C mount lenses;
Built
-
in turret lock lever.


VIEWFINDER:

10x magnification; Reflex
viewing with semi
-
reflecting prism system;
Groundglass focusing; Adjustable to
eyesight. The camera comes equipped
with an Octometer viewfinder.


FILTER SLOT:

Built
-
in slot holds a gelatin
filter behind the taking lens and in front of
the shutter.

H
-
16 REX
-
5


VARIABLE SPEED:

12, 16, 18, 24, 32, 48
and 64 frames per second


RELEASE BUTTON:

provides for the
making of continuous exposures by a
finger
-
tip release on the front of the
camera. A side release allows for locked,
hands
-
free running or single frame
exposures.


VARIABLE SHUTTER:

133 degree
variable shutter; Operated manually to
decrease exposure time, or with accessory
Rexofader to accomplish fade
-
ins and
fade
-
outs.

H
-
16 REX
-
5


FOOTAGE COUNTER:

adds and subtracts
accurately in forward or reverse motion and
automatically returns to zero when film is
reloaded into the camera.


AUDIBLE FOOTAGE INDICATOR:

A distinct
click announces the passing of each 10 inches
of film through the gate. This mechanism may
be disengaged, if desired, by simply moving a
lever.


FRAME COUNTER:

Twin dial counts frames
individually and in total; Adds frames in forward
motion and subtracts when film is wound
backwards. Dial may be reset manually at any
time.

H
-
16 REX
-
5


SINGLE FRAME:

Time lapse and animation is
possible by using the side release button or an
accessory cable release and adapter; I
-
T lever
allows for timed or instantaneous single
exposures.


MANUAL REWIND:

Clutch disengages spring
motor and permits forward movement and
backwind without running down the spring;
allows for dissolves and superimposition.


FLAT BASE:

Contains three tripod sockets:
Two 3/8" thread and one 1/4" thread. Front of
the base is removable for easy mounting of the
Bolex Matte Box.