Paillard Bolex H-16 Leader 16mm Movie Camera From 1954


Paillard Bolex H-16 Leader 16mm Movie Camera Made In 1954

Serial Number: 103533

A critical visual focuser consisting of a reflecting prism and ground glass screen is built into the area behind the top lens position. This allowed viewing and focusing to be done through any lens swung into the top turret position. After the lens was properly focused, it could be moved back to the taking position for filming. A cupped eyepiece is supplied so that the magnified image can be seen in the critical focuser.

Includes a side mounted ‘Directors’ Octameter parallax correcting viewfinder gives a field of view for lenses of 7 different focal lengths, 16, 25, 35, 50, 75, 100 and 150mm.


Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.
Film Capacity: 100ft (30m) and 50ft (15m) daylight loading spools of 16mm film.
Automatic threading and loop forming. The end of the film is simply placed in a channel leading to the feed sprocket. The release is pressed and the film is then automatically threaded throughout the entire mechanism.
Constant speed, spring motor mechanism; governor controlled. Large winding handle folds downward and attaches to camera when not in use. Spring cannot be over-wound. 8:1 external drive shaft permits the attachment of an electric motor.
Rotating turret accommodates three interchangeable C mount lenses. The top position allows for critical focusing through a groundglass screen.
Accessory Tri Focal viewfinder gives an exact viewing field for lenses of 3 focal lengths and with a built-in critical focus viewer with cupped eyepiece.
Speeds: 8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second with the ability to change speeds while the camera is running.
Release button provides for the making of continuous exposures by a finger-tip release on the front of the camera. A side release allows for locked, hands-free running or single frame exposures.
190 degree disc shutter, operates at 118/1000 of an inch from emulsion side of film with an exposure rate of 1/30 second at 16 fps.
Footage counter adds and subtracts accurately in forward or reverse motion and automatically returns to zero when film is reloaded into the camera.
A distinct click announces the passing of each 10 inches of film through the gate. This mechanism may be disengaged, if desired, by simply moving a lever.
Time lapse and animation is possible by using the side release button or an accessory cable release and adapter; I-T lever allows for timed or instantaneous single exposures.
Clutch disengages spring motor and permits forward movement and backwind without running down the spring; allows for dissolves and superimposition.
Tripod socket: 3/8″ thread. 1/4″ adapter could be inserted.
Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″.
Weight: Approximately 5 1/2 lbs (without lenses).

Motor runs well at all speeds. Good condition for its age. Minor rubs and marks from use.

Despatched in secure packaging and priced with fully insured carrier.

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