Paillard Bolex B8VSL 8mm Vintage Movie Camera With f2.5 12.5mm Lens & Lens Cap
Paillard Bolex B8VSL 8mm Camera from 1959
Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.Takes 25ft daylight loading spools of double run 8mm film. When a roll runs through the camera, only half the width of film is exposed. The spool is then reversed and run through again, exposing the other half. When processed, film is split and spliced together giving 50′ for projection. Projection time at 16 fps for 25′ roll is 4 minutes.Constant speed, spring motor mechanism; governor controlled. Generous winding key, attached to the camera, folds back against its side when not in use. Spring cannot be over-wound.Accommodates one standard D mount lens.Viewfinder: optical type; adjustable dial shows the scene as viewed by focal lengths of 12.5mm, 25mm and 36mm. Accessory prism attachments allow for filming with 5.5mm lenses, and for parallax correction while filming at close distances.Variable Speed: 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48 and 64 frames per second.Release Button: continuous exposures can be made by a sliding release lever or cable release. The lever can be locked to prevent accidental exposures, or set for continuous hands-free filming.Adjustable dial changes the shutter opening from 0-165 degrees to allow for shortened exposure times and fades. Shutter gives an exposure time of 1/35th second at 16fps when fully open (165 degrees).Footage Counter: Precise reading of exposed film footage. Audible end-of-film signal. Resets to zero upon reloading.Single Frame: A cable release socket allows the user to expose single frames for filming animation, titles, etc.Tripod Socket: 1/4″ threadDimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″ x 2″Weight: Approximately 28 oz.
The Bolex B8 was improved in 1957, with the addition of a variable shutter. The control dials for the zoom viewfinder and speed selection were also improved; the new design featured easily adjustable plexiglass control knobs.
Camera winds up and operates well. Everything working including the inbuilt light meter.
Includes Kern Paillard Yvar f2.5/12.5mm lens with original Kern lens cap.
Condition: Good working order. No damage. Minor marks from use.