Paillard Bolex - help??

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Paillard Bolex - help??

Post by katm » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:29 am

Hey, all you smart camera people. My dad died earlier this year and left a bunch of old electronics and stuff, and cameras. I found this Paillard Bolex with case and lenses and stuff. I have not idea whether or not it works, but I am wondering what it might be worth to sell?? I am honestly not being lazy - I have researched a bunch - but I cannot even determine if it's an 8 or 16 mm. I am including all my pics. Any information that anyone has that might help me is much appreciated. Here's a link to the pictures. Thank you! ... rd%20Bolex

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Re: Paillard Bolex - help??

Post by studiocarter2 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:47 am

That looks a lot like my outfit. It is a nonreflex H16 Bolex. I shoot Kodak Tri-X reversal 7266 and develop it myself then project it. Try it. It is a lot of fun. Look on eBay under Bolex H16 and you will see others like yours. What do you want for it? I would like to have a backup so one of them could be sent away to be reconditioned.

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Re: Paillard Bolex - help??

Post by BAC » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:16 am

A lot of the value you have could be in the lenses. I would search eBay sold listings for your lenses, especially the Switars. Of course condition is important, haze, mold, separation and scratches are quite detrimental to the value.

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Re: Paillard Bolex - help??

Post by Mmechanic » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:26 pm

Yeah, what you have is a Paillard-Bolex H-16 from around the mid-fifties with four good lenses, the normal focal length Kern Switar 25 mm, the wide-angle Kern Switar 10 mm, the moderate telephoto fast Switar 50 mm, and the long telephoto Yvar 150 mm. The lenses alone, if in good condition, are worth some $1,000 easily. The camera may fetch up to $180. From what I can see on the photos it needs a service.

It would be a pity to separate parts from the ensemble. Offer everything together and answer questions, that way you may find someone who’s willing to invest. Completed by a rackover and a set of extension tubes (speak of these) a new possessor should be very happy with the equipment.

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