Paillard Bolex D-8LA 8mm Movie Camera From 1960


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Paillard Bolex D-8LA 8mm Movie Camera From 1960
Serial No: 875571 from 1960
This improved version of the Bolex D8L was introduced in 1961. It featured the addition of a film rewind slot, a more sensitive meter and a built in prism for focal length lenses of 5.5mm. This particular model is a pre-release version from the end of 1960.
Other cosmetic changes: A logo plate with the camera name “D8L” appears on the bottom front of the camera; “Bolex” is inscribed on the top-front of the light meter housing; and a film index calculator dial was added to the film door.
Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.
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.
Turret: Accommodates three standard D mount lenses.
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.
Film speeds: 12, 16, 18, 24, 32, 48 and 64 frames per second.
Continuous exposures can be made by a finger tip release button or cable release. Running operation 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.
Precise reading of exposed film footage. Audible end-of-film signal. Resets to zero upon reloading.
A cable release socket allows the user to expose single frames for filming animation, titles, etc.
A small hand crank will allow rewinding film up to 60 frames for fades or superimposition.
A photoelectric cell measures light through the lens. Two needle indicators in the viewfinder are then aligned by adjusting the diaphragm on your lens, resulting in proper exposure.
Tripod socket: 1/4″ thread
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″ x 2″
Weight: Approximately 28 oz.
Working condition with sweet sounding clockwork motor and two lenses (13mm & 36mm). Working exposure meter. Not tested with film so may need cleaning, lubricating and adjusting before use.
Good outer condition with no damage. Minor marks from being used.