Author Archives: Doug

Ultra-16 Viewfinder for 15mm Lens on Bolex

The 15mm lens gives a very pleasant look in the Ultra-16 format.  However  my modified Bolex Octameter Viewfinder I was telling you about last time, only zooms out to 25mm.  So the thought came… why not use that neat little Phago viewfinder that I’ve been using on the GIC camera.  It’s vertical field-of-view is correct […]

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Ultra-16 Viewfinder for Bolex H16M… Super-16 similar ?

Maybe you remember I converted my Bolex H16M camera to Ultra-16.  Well, for a long time I’ve been using the normal Octameter side viewfinder and frankly guessing the U16 frame !  So it’s about time I pulled up my socks and finish the modification. I really just need to know the correct frame for a […]

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Tricky 16mm loading made easier… the GIC camera

That first roll I tried in the GIC 16mm camera suffered quite a bit of edge-fogging.   This is because I wasn’t used to the loading and it was tricky,  getting the film around the sprocket…  took me ages !  Remember, mine is an early model that has fixed guides. They must have realised the difficulty.  […]

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GIC 16mm camera… long search for a short lens

Know the feeling ?  You parted with some lens a while ago that you now wish you’d kept !   Well, this is happening to me.  Try as I might, I can’t find a suitable wideangle lens for the little GIC camera. I’ve got an early 10mm Switar, but it’s the RX version.  I’d run into […]

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16mm Exploits with the G.I.C. camera

16mm movie cameras are generally much larger and heavier than 8mm ones, with the advantage of having 3 or 4 times the image quality.  Is it possible to get 16mm quality without the disadvantages ? For a while I’ve had a little French-made G.I.C. in my cupboard and it takes 50ft spools of 16mm film.  […]

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Straight 8 is now open for entries !

Have you ever thought of making a complete film on one cartridge of Super-8 ?  But without changing anything afterwards… no editing whatsoever.  And to make things worse, how about screening it at Cannes to a packed audience this coming May… But you won’t have seen it yourself beforehand !  Sounds like the stuff of […]

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Converting a Bolex H16M to Ultra-16, part 2

Last time we tackled the gate widening.  Now for the sprockets.  Because the film touches areas beside the sprocket teeth,  it’s necessary to remove any metal that might cause wear of the image.  Normally this wouldn’t perhaps happen but its better to be safe than sorry.  Removal of the two sprocket wheels is simple with […]

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Dunkirk in Imax

(photo: Kathy Palmer) If you get the chance,  do see Christopher Nolan’s  DUNKIRK in Imax. I found it stunning,  and the audience obviously thought so too. They clapped at the end.  And before the show, the manager of the BFI Waterloo Imax cinema gave a short introduction.  With arms outstretched he held up a 24-frame […]

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Converting a Bolex H16M to Ultra-16, part 1

For some years now I’ve owned a little-used Bolex H16M camera, and had a yearning to modify it to Ultra-16.  Whenever I attempt something like this,  I first satisfy myself that the camera’s  registration is rock-steady. See  https://filmisfine.com/blog/how-steady-is-your-movie-camera/ Having no turret like most Bolex’s,  it’s quite easy to get started on the job.  It goes […]

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Welcome back !

Hello and welcome back ! The site has been off for a time, while we carried out technical improvements.   This is still continuing, but all is now working well.   You’ll notice also there’s a padlock to give customers even more peace of mind.  And do please feel free to make any suggestions for the […]

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