Paillard Bolex H8 REX-4 8mm Reflex Movie Camera (1965)


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Paillard Bolex H8 REX-4 8mm Movie Camera from 1965
Serial Number: 217419

The H-8 REX was the first 8mm reflex camera manufactured by Bolex. It featured through-the-lens viewing with a magnified groundglass image of 20x allowing for extremely accurate focusing. The rear of the viewfinder included a rubber eyecup attached to a diopter, which was adjustable to the user’s eyesight. This model is the last in the series, the REX-4 produced from 1964 onwards.

  • Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.
    Film Capacity: 100ft (30m), 50ft (15m) and 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 twice the amount for projection.
    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 and 1:1 external drive shaft permits the attachment of an electric motor.
    Rotating turret with folding lever; Accommodates three interchangeable H8 RX type C-mount lenses; Built-in turret lock lever.
    Viewfinder: 10x magnification; Reflex viewing with semi-reflecting prism system; Groundglass focusing; Adjustable to eyesight.
    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.
    Variable Shutter: 133 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.
    Flat Base: Contains three tripod sockets: Two 3/8″ thread and one 1/4″ thread. Front of the base is removable for easy mounting of the Bolex Matte Box.
    Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3″

    Weight: Approximately 6 lbs

Good condition and fully working.

Minor external marks from being used.

Viewfinder has some dust but can be easily cleaned if you feel it necessary.

H8 RX Lenses available separately. Lenses designed specifically for the H-8 Reflex were identified by the letters “H8 RX” inscribed on the lens barrel.