H16 Bolex viewfinders?

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H16 Bolex viewfinders?

Post by mr_x » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:34 pm

Hi,

Are the Bolex H16 viewfinders interchangeable please? I think there were several made, a x3[?], x10, x13. Are they fixed or can they be swapped from H16 to H16 please?

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Re: H16 Bolex viewfinders?

Post by slashmaster » Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:50 pm

Yes. They are interchangeable. The ones for the non reflex can be put on the side or the top. The ones for the reflex are just meant to stay on top. There is one that is basically an eyepiece that goes to a mirror at 45 degrees pointing down. If you have a reflex that is the one you need.

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Re: H16 Bolex viewfinders?

Post by bolextech » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:50 am

There is a good explanation of the differences here:
http://www.jkcamera.com/Super16.htm

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Re: H16 Bolex viewfinders?

Post by mr_x » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:10 pm

slashmaster wrote:Yes. They are interchangeable. The ones for the non reflex can be put on the side or the top. The ones for the reflex are just meant to stay on top. There is one that is basically an eyepiece that goes to a mirror at 45 degrees pointing down. If you have a reflex that is the one you need.
Thanks, and to Bolextech,

This is good news, I have a very early reflex with the x6 viewer - I am used to this now but the image is dull at finer apertures, a larger image can only help, even if the improvement is minimal.

Ric

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