wahiba wrote:An upmarket camcorder using the Bolex brand.
Bolex are/were in the business of making making machines to record the moving image so it looks a logical progression to move onto camcorders. Canon managed it OK.
Certainly a better option than just sticking the Bolex name on a camera from the Universal Chinese Camcorder factory.
So where does it say the sensor is not made in China? And what would be the problem if it was? Where are the specifications for the chip? Buying into the Digital Bolex, as specified, is like buying a roll of film with "Kodak" printed on it but without knowing what type of film you were using.
Making "machines to record the moving image" is somewhat of a generalisation. The cameras Bolex made were to expose photo-chemical film. A camera made to expose photo-electronic chips requires some additional know how.
However I understand what you mean, but it's purely client-side logic. It's the same logic that motivates a company making horse saddles to retool and reskill for a car industry, because buyers of horses (and saddles) are becoming buyers of cars. It is the client or customer that is determining the so the called "logical progression" of the company (more so than the company).
GM Holden Ltd, commonly designated Holden, is an Australian automaker that operates in Australasia and is headquartered in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer. In 1908 it moved into the automotive field, before becoming a subsidiary of the United States-based General Motors (GM) in 1931. After becoming a subsidiary of GM, the company was named General Motors-Holden's Ltd, becoming Holden Ltd in 1998Ã¢â‚¬â€the current name was adopted in 2005.
The art of making horse saddles doesn't guarantee a company will be able to make cars as well as they made horse saddles - although I imagine their car seats might have been quite comfortable. It's really just market forces at work. The logical progression is just the logical progression of any company - identifying and investing in what might be desired, such as a "moving image machine" (as distinct from a film camera) but also anything else for that matter.
In other words a Bolex digital camera would be no different from a Bolex refrigerator, or a Bolex washing machine - other than the latter items might cause a customer to scratch their head somewhat. The point is that it's not as if Bolex should make digital cameras just because they made film cameras. They could just as well make refrigerators or washing machines. The only reason they probably wouldn't is because the customer might not get it. It is precisely the customers association of "Bolex" with the otherwise general idea of "moving image machines", that means the Bolex brand on a camera might sell better than say: putting a washing machine brand on the camera.
But amongst film makers (as distinct from the average consumer) the term "Bolex" has meant something a bit more particular than just "manufacturers of moving image machines".