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Bolex is a Swiss manufacturer of motion picture cameras, the most notable products of which are in the 16mm and Super 16mm formats. Their cameras were (and still are) much used by adventurers and artists for nature films and documentaries, and are still favoured by many animators.


While some later models are electrically powered, the majority of those manufactured since the 1930s use a spring-wound clockwork power system. The 16mm spring-wound Bolex is a popular introductory camera in film schools.

In 1935 the Bolex H16 was put on the market, the 9.5mm version followed in 1936 and the Double-8mm version in 1938. The H-16 was highly successful. Paillard-Bolex introduced the L-8 for the market of pocket 8mm film cameras. With the postwar boom in home movie making, Paillard-Bolex continued to develop its 8mm and 16mm ranges with the H-16 increasingly adopted by professional film makers. The company also made a successful range of high-end movie projectors for all amateur film making gauges. [source: wikipedia].

Popular Bolex 16mm cameras

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Note: don't forget to check if the camera you want to buy has a double sprocket drive system. These take only double-perforated 16mm film. Unless you want to film exclusively on (very) expired film, better go for a camera with a serial number greater than 76471 (after 1952). These will take single-perforated film.

Bolex 16mm Camera value and price guide

What's your Bolex 16mm Camera worth? Here are some recently sold items on eBay.

Camera Title Date Sold for
bolex h16 sbm 16mm rx reflex movie camera bolex Bolex H16 Sbm 16mm Rx Reflex Movie Camera Bolex... 08/2021 $5 524.62
mint bolex h16 rex 5 16mm movie cine nikkor 10 25 Mint Bolex H16 Rex 5 16mm Movie Cine Nikkor 10 25... 08/2021 $4 599.99
bolex rex 5 16mm movie camera mint angenieux c Bolex Rex 5 16mm Movie Camera Mint Angenieux C... 10/2021 $2 999.00
cla d aug 2020 n mint bolex h16 sbm body 16mm Cla D Aug 2020 N Mint Bolex H16 Sbm Body 16mm... 08/2021 $2 799.90
near mint bolex h16 sb 16mm film movie camera w Near Mint Bolex H16 Sb 16mm Film Movie Camera W... 08/2021 $2 754.90
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16mm film viewer Aaton 16mm Arri sr2 Arriflex Arriflex 16bl Beaulieu r16 Bolex h16 Canon scoopic Digital bolex Eclair npr Krasnogorsk

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Sami - September 16, 2020
Hi there, I am looking to purchase a H16 Super 16 Bolex camera, to be delivered this weekend if possible, or early next week - do you have any of these available? Thanks so much.
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JohnSami - September 17, 2020
I don't sell anything at the moment, sorry!
ilkka - August 3, 2020
how to digitalize 16mm Bolex for final cut pro
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Johnilkka - August 5, 2020
Hi there! The camera you've used is not important for digitising, so best is to just search for '16mm scanning' in Google and you'll find a few companies.
Mohamed - July 23, 2020
I have a bolex H16 camera it any worth
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JohnMohamed - July 24, 2020
It depends on state and accessories, lenses, etc. Have a look here for some ideas: Bolex H16 prices.
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