Paillard Bolex H16 REX RXVS 16mm Reflex Movie Camera Switar 18-86mm From 1963
H-16 REX Serial number 201181 with variable shutter 1963.
Originally purchased 13/4/63 in the UK as the RXVS.
Includes Kern-Paillard Vario-Switar 18-86mm H16 RX Zoom Lens. Maximum aperture f/2.5, minimum aperture f/22. Weighs 2 lbs and 4 oz.
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 with folding lever; Accommodates three interchangeable RX type C mount lenses.
Viewfinder: 6x magnification; Reflex viewing with semi-reflecting prism system; Groundglass focusing; Adjustable to eyesight.
Filter slot: Built-in slot holds a gelatin filter behind the taking lens and in front of the shutter.
Variable speed: 12, 16, 18, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second
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.
145 degree variable shutter; Operated manually to decrease exposure time, or with accessory Rexofader to accomplish fade-ins and fade-outs.
Footage Counter adds and subtracts accurately in forward or reverse motion and automatically returns to zero when film is reloaded into the camera.
Twin dial counts frames individually and in total; Adds frames in forward motion and subtracts when film is wound backwards. Dial may be reset manually at any time.
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: 1/4″ & 3/8″ thread
Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″
Weight: Approximately 5 1/2 lbs
Good condition with only minor marks from use.
The viewfinder is clear. The lens is clear and bright with firm zoom and focus controls.
The motor runs well but may need lubricating before extensive use as it has lain in storage for many years.
A good working example and with care and attention could give another 50-years of service.