Not having luck with Bolex H16's... Help!...

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Not having luck with Bolex H16's... Help!...

Post by slashmaster » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:52 pm

I got myself a non reflex bolex h16 which didn't run smoothly and wouldn't go the 64 or even 24 fps under the load of film. Took it apart to try to lube it but messed up the governor while doing it!... So again I found another cheap one on Ebay that they said ran. It also doesn't run smoothly at anything over 16 frames per second, still has the double perf sprocket wheels so have not tried it under the load of film yet.

Looks like the camera has never been taken apart to be lubed. None of the screws inside seem to have any marks on them. Should I take it apart and only clean and put fresh molly grease in the governor bell? Should I put molly grease on the metal band for the take up reel? What else shall I try doing to it? Does someone know of any online instructions for doing this?...

If it helps here are picture of it all https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 379&type=3 Thanks in advance.

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Re: Not having luck with Bolex H16's... Help!...

Post by David M. Leugers » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:13 am

I vote you either find a nice one that is in good working order, or (if you have a nice machine otherwise) send it to a pro to have it cleaned, lubed and adjusted. You will treasure it.

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Re: Not having luck with Bolex H16's... Help!...

Post by Mmechanic » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:34 pm

+1 to that

All the time and money spent to find a still working camera is far better invested in a serviced one.

I do this on a regular base, i. e. Fr. 90 per hour including small things.
An H 16 takes about four hours, if no repair is necessary. So 360 Swiss Francs will provide you with a perfectly cleaned and lubricated Paillard-Bolex H 16. I give a two-years guarantee for my work.

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Re: Not having luck with Bolex H16's... Help!...

Post by slashmaster » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:42 pm

Thanks for the advice guys!..

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