SUPER 16 CONVERSION
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THE WORLD OVER.
If you own a Bolex H16 bayonet-mount camera, you have the opportunity
to convert your equipment to the Super 16 format at an affordable price.
Once the conversion is performed, switching between the 16 and Super
16 is very easily done in the field (for SB, SBM, EBM and EL cameras).
We are confident that it will be hard to find a better value, whether
you are looking for new or converted Super 16 equipment. New Super 16
is available in the rugged spring-driven SBM or the totally electronic
AND SUPER 16
Conversion of H16 RX2,RX3, RX4, RX5, SB, SBM, EBM and EL cameras:
The current models Bolex H16 RX5, SBM
and EL can be ordered already converted to Super 16 or can be adapted
at a later stage. It is useful to know that a Super 16 converted Bolex
Bayonet camera can be quickly readapted to regular 16 at any time
and vice versa, without special tools or parts.
For film production of all kinds, whether for science, research or documentaries,
destined for classical large-screen projection and transfer to video,
16mm Bolex cameras have an excellent reputation with professionals,
semi-professionals or discerning amateurs all over the world.
Film specialists agree that, largely on account of a significant improvement
in definition due to its larger image, the Super 16 format offers a
higher degree of professionalism, especially with a view to new wide-screen
television technology and blow-up to 35mm standard film.
In line with this new development, Bolex has introduced the Super 16
format. All 16mm Bolex cameras with bayonet lens mount or C-mount (H16
RX2, RX3, RX4, RX5, SB, SBM, EBM and EL) can be converted to the new
format with a 10X or 13X viewfinder.
OF THE KERN VARIO-SWITAR 12.5-100mm LENS
is no longer offered by BOLEX FACTORY due to exhaustion of needed new
MODIFICATION OF THE 400 FEET (120 m) MAGAZINE
In order to avoid scratches and pressure marks on the film, the entry
funnel of the 400 feet (120m) magazine has to be modified.
Super 16 program, Bolex is in the position to offer complete equipment
or to modify all your cameras , at very attractive prices.
Please note that the above transformations can only be carried out in
our works in Switzerland.
Bolex International SA, CH - 1400 Yverdon-les-bains,
CAMERAS CONVERTED TO SUPER 16
- Before inserting
a film, make sure - by looking at the upper part of the front plate
- that the optical axis is adjusted for the required format ("S"
opposite its mark for Super 16 and "N" for regular 16).
- Except for the
RX cameras, the change of the optical axis position for the two formats
is achieved by shifting the front plate after having loosened the
4 fixing screws (5 screws on SB and SBM cameras).
Two of those screws are secured by a nut located on both sides of
the film gate in the film chamber.
WARNING: Only the upper plate (approx. 4mm thick) should be shifted
to match the marks.
Whenever possible, we recommend to have this operation done by a Bolex
- The loading procedure
remains unchanged. It is recommended to do these operations in very
dim light to avoid lateral fogging of the film. The Super 16 image
spreading very near the edge of the film, special care should be taken
to avoid light leaking between the flanges of the spool.
- Always leave a
filter holder in place even if no filter is used.
The different visible marks in the viewfinder are to be used as follows:
plate set on S (Super 16 format)
The whole field is used when the image is to be
blown up to 35mm or projected on special
Super 16 projectors.
1 : 1.66
plate set on S (Super 16 format):
For the current requirements of television, the essential part
of the image should be kept in the center field defined by the
tips of the arrow, in order to use the film for wide screen TV
as well as conventional 1:1.33 sets. Copying of Super 16 on regular
16mm film using the center part of the image is also possible.
1 : 1.33
plate set on S (Super 16 format):
Using the whole width of the viewfinder but aligning the top and
bottom of the image on the tips of the arrows will result in a
ratio of 1:1.77 corresponding to that of wide screen TV and HDTV.
1 : 1.77
plate set on N (Regular 16mm):
The corner marks define the field corresponding
to a TV frame with ratio 1:1.33.
(Not for RX cameras)
1 : 1.33
The adjustment of the eyepiece has to be done on the grain of the ground
glass as indicated in the instruction manual and not on the reference
marks, the latter being slightly away from the ground glass.
TO SWITCH FROM 16 mm TO Super 16 AND VICE VERSA
H16 EL camera:
A-B-C-D = 4 fixing screws on front plate.
H16 SB and SBM camera:
E-F-G-H-J = 5 fixing screws on front plate.
H16 EBM camera:
Same position as for the SBM but carrying handle should be removed
first and the screws need a special screwdriver.
H16 EL, SB, SBM and EBM camera:
K-L = retaining nuts for fixing
screws B-C and F-G.