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- Welcome to our sale. Up for your consideration is a vintage 1963ish Paillard Bolex 8mm projector made in Switzerland.
- Item was tested and everything works. Light comes on and take up reel moves accordingly.
- The carrying bag has been soiled by years of storage as can be seen by the marks on the carrying bag.
- The front cover has some small dents.
- Comes with original carrying bag, the power cord and two extra reels and some original splicing tabs.
- Description (from bolexcollector.com):
- Serial # suggests 1963 production
- OVERALL DIMENSIONS:10 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 6 1/2"
- WEIGHT:15 1/4 lbs.
- CONSTRUCTION:Cast aluminum; Two-tone grey finish; Carrying handle; Detachable cover.
- REEL CAPACITY:Reel arms accommodate 400 ft reels. Both reel arms fold downward for storage.
- THREADING:Simple manual
threading with illustrations for loop forming on the projector body;
film is placed onto sprockets with snap guides. Lens assembly pivots
outward for easy loading and unloading.
- POWER:Two versions: 1) 50 cycle 110-240v AC power; 2) 60 cycle 110-125v AC power.
- LAMP:8 volt, 50 watt lamp. Modern replacement: CXR 8V/50W
- LENS:Interchangeable lenses;
Originally supplied with Bolex Hi-Fi f/1.3 lenses of 15, 20 or 25mm
focal lengths. Other Bolex projector lenses were manufactured later.
- VARIABLE SPEED:18 and 5 frames
per second; 18fps reverse projection; Rapid motor rewind. Forward or
reverse motion with lamp switched off at 18fps.
- OTHER FEATURES:Bolex
anamorphic lens is easily attached to built-in holder for widescreen
projection; Framing knob adjusts the claw for vertical alignment in the
gate; Front leg for height adjustment and rear legs for leveling;
Variable shutter automatically changes from three to nine blades when
projection drops to 5fps; Catathermic filter preserves the film from
excessive heating; A table lamp can be attached which switches off when
the projector is running and relights again when stopped.
NOTES & Comments(from bolexcollector.com):
Bolex 18-5 projected 8mm film at fixed running speeds of 18 and 5
frames per second in forward motion, and 18 fps in reverse; 18 fps
forward and reverse with the lamp switched off was also possible.
motion projection at 5 fps was an exclusive feature to the 18-5, made
possible by a variable shutter blade. At this speed, a typical
three-bladed shutter would produce a noticeable flicker and increase the
risk of film burn.
Bolex solved this problem by designing a three-bladed shutter that
expanded to nine blades when the speed was set to 5 fps; flicker and
risk of film burn were eliminated, although picture brightness was
built-in carrying handle, folding reel arms and small size made this
projector easy to transport. A plastic cover and an aluminum 400ft reel
were included with this model (both with Bolex logo); larger carrying
cases with room for accessories could be purchased separately.
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