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Classic Paillard-Bolex Movie Cameras -- A Resource for the 8mm and 16mm Enthusiast

Last Build Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2008 23:06:11 GMT


Happy Holidays

Fri, 04 Dec 2008 23:06:10 GMT

A short holiday-themed update, and explanation for the lack of recent updates.

New Site Appearance

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 18:51:10 GMT

I redesigned the site a bit, mostly to improve the appearance on higher resolution screens. Refresh your browser if things look odd. And feel free to post your comments or suggestions on the message forums.

Paillard-Bolex Serial Numbers

Fri, 11 May 2007 10:25:40 GMT now includes serial numbers for all 16mm and 8mm Paillard-Bolex cameras with their dates of manufacture. Be sure to check out the newly revamped Camera section, with additional information on each model.

TV Commercial for Bolex 155 Macrozoom

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 23:58:10 GMT

A Bikini, a Beach and a Bolex? This video for a 1968 television commercial features all three.

1958 TV Commercial for Bolex Cameras

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 07:11:24 GMT

New article with video: A classic television commercial from 1958, promoting Paillard-Bolex and Willoughby's camera store.

How old is your Bolex projector?

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 05:23:25 GMT

I've added serial number info for all Paillard-Bolex projectors made from 1936 to 1969. Now you can look up the year in which your 8mm, 16mm or Super 8 model was manufactured.

Bolex Books from the 1950s and 60s

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 06:27:20 GMT

Added four book cover scans to the ephemera section, thanks to contributions from a German collector. They're also ordered chronologically now.

Lenses for Bolex 16mm Cameras

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 04:15:07 GMT

The differences between regular and RX lenses for Bolex H16 cameras. A detailed explanation on how the reflex prism affects optical correction.

Keep Tabs on Current eBay Auctions

Sat, 10 Mar 2007 23:28:01 GMT

Trying to kill some time by looking around on while waiting for that Bolex camera auction to end? No need to open a new window with the eBay page and your search terms entered, while you constantly hit F5 to refresh. Just go to the new Auction page to see an updated list of 50 Bolex items ending soonest on eBay.

Bolex and Classic Movie Camera Discussion Forum

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 11:13:10 GMT

Now you can read messages or join the community to talk with others about Bolex -- or any classic movie cameras and projectors, for that matter. I've wanted to add a discussion forum to for a while and I've finally gotten around to it. The forums are up, so register and start posting!

Bolex Catalogs from the 1950s

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 11:13:10 GMT

Vintage product catalogs for Paillard-Bolex movie equipment from the 1950s.

News: February '07 Updates

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:13:10 GMT

Site news, updates and additions, including a list of 10 new scans of Bolex brochures to the ephemera section.

Bolex Dealer Camera Display Stand

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 11:13:10 GMT

Images and details of a decorative camera display stand used in franchised Bolex dealer stores during the 1950s.

How to Determine Your Exposure Time

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 11:13:10 GMT

In response to a few email questions I've received regarding shutter speeds, I have updated my Bolex F.A.Q.

We Visit Paillard-Bolex

Fri, 26 Jan 2007 11:13:10 GMT

An Amateur Movie Maker team takes a trip to a Swiss mountain top to investigate the facts behind the magic name. (circa 1959)

More Vintage Bolex Ephemera

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 11:13:10 GMT

Several updates, thanks to reader contributions.