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Bell and Howell 70DR

Canon Scoopic

Pathe Webo AT16

Eumig C16R

Magazine Cine-Kodak

Bell and Howell 603

Bell and Howell 603T

Other information on 16 mm. cine cameras

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April 2001

The attractions of the Paillard-Bolex H16 Reflex are well known - so well known that the cameras still fetch reasonably high prices and this puts them out of reach of many aspiring film-makers.

A non-reflex H16 camera can be significantly less costly and with the addition of a reflex lens like the Som Berthiot Pan Cinor f/2 17 mm. to 85 mm. the camera can have the benefits of a reflex without the higher price tag, and the viewfinder is arguably better. This solution is not perfect of course - the lens is heavy and cumbersome to carry around for a start - but it can solve the problem for some people.

It is also worth considering the alternatives to the Paillard Bolex. None of them have the flexibility of the Bolex in terms of the wide range of accessories which were made, but many of the accessories are now difficult to find and expensive.

Bell and Howell made the very successful 70-series, of which the best-known and most often seen is probably the 70DR. The 70DR has a three-lens turret which accepts C-mount lenses. In addition, there are mountings for three viewfinder adapters which ensure that the optical viewfinder shows the correct field of view for the lens in use.The spring motor offers seven speeds (8 to 64 f.p.s.). In 1972, this camera cost £230.

The 70DR is a very basic camera - it has no metering, it has spring drive and it is not a reflex. Also available in 1972, the Canon Scoopic has a very different specification. It has a non-interchangeable 13 mm. to 76 mm. f/1.6 zoom lens with reflex viewing and a microprism rangefinder, electric drive giving 4 speeds (16, 24, 32 and 48 f.p.s.), a built-in CdS automatic meter with manual override and auto fade and dissolve. The Scoopic was not a cheap camera - all these features carried a price tag of £547 in 1972. Like the 70DR, the Scoopic has its disadvantages - notably the fact that the lens is not interchangeable. It is also fairly high priced second-hand because it offers an excellent specification and there is some demand for it still.

Pathe made 16 mm. versions of the Webo range of cameras, but these cameras are hard to find and tend to be expensive. Although accessories were made for the Webo making it, in some respects, as versatile as the Bolex, the accessories are now extremely rare, at least in the UK. For example, there is a Webo AT16 with spring drive (8 - 80 f.p.s.), reflex and optical viewing and a triple lens turret accepting C-mount lenses. The camera is claimed to give exceptional steadiness as it has a unique 16 sprocket drive. It would accept a 400 ft. magazine but required the use of an accessory motor in that case. This represents an attractive camera with a good specification but in 1969, when an H16RX5 body was just over £286 the Webo was £358. Small wonder they are not seen very often now!

In 1969. the cheapest camera for 16 mm. was probably the Eumig C16R which cost just under £200. This price includes a 25 mm. f/1.9 Eumigar lens and two lens convertors, a Eumacronar 2x (effective focal length 50 mm.) and a Eumicronar 0.5x (effective focal length 12.5 mm.). The Eumig has a spring motor giving 16, 24, 32, 48 and 64 f.p.s.

These are all very usable cameras but there are other 16 mm. cameras which may seem attractive but which are not suitable for use.

Kodak used to supply 16 mm. film in a pre-loaded magazine and there were a lot of cameras made for this system. The magazine was a clever design with a shutter which sealed it so that films could be interchanged without loss of any frames of film. The Magazine Cine-Kodak is just one such camera. It has an f/1.9 Kodak lens and spring drive (single frame, plus16, 32 and 64 f.p.s.). Despite the high price tag for the time - £40 in 1938, when a Leica II with f/2 Summar lens cost about £37 - this camera is not rare and sells for a fairly low price, a lot less than the Leica. However, as the film is no longer available in the magazines, it does not represent a good buy for anyone wishing for a camera to use.

Another camera which is also commonly seen on the second-hand market and which requires the Kodak magazine is the G.B. Bell and Howell Model 603. The G.B. designation indicates that the camera was made in Britain under an agreement with Bell and Howell. The camera's most distinctive feature is the large exposure guide on one side. The spring motor offered 5 speeds and there was a choice of lens - 0.7 inch f/2.5 or 1 inch f/1.9. Whichever lens was selected, the camera cost about £93.

A variation of the 603, the 603T is more unusual. The camera has the same specification as the 603 but is fitted with a two-lens turret (hence the "T" designation). Like the 70DR, the 603T turret has provision for an optical viewfinder convertor which ensures the field of view matches the lens in use. Depending on the lens chosen, the 603T cost between about £111 and £128.

Other Information on 16 mm. cine cameras

Beaulieu R16

Bell and Howell 70 DA advertisement (1939)

Canon Scoopic cine cameras

Eumig C16 16 mm. Cine Camera

Kodak Cine-Kodak Special

Kodak Magazine Cine-Kodak advertisement (1939)

Meopta Admira 16A

Paillard Bolex H16 accessories

Paillard Bolex H16 Frequently Asked Questions

Paillard Bolex H-series Battery for use with MST motor

Paillard Bolex H-series Eye-level Focus Instructions

Paillard Bolex H-series Flatbase Declic Grip Instructions

Paillard Bolex H-series MCE-17B Motor

Paillard Bolex H16 cine cameras

Paillard Bolex H16 Cine Camera Instructions (date not known, early)

Siemens CII advertisment (1939)

Zeiss Ikon Movikon 16 and Movikon K16 advertisement (1939)

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