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Neil Stubbings
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From: Zurich, Switzerland
Registered: Jun 2008

 - posted July 21, 2008 10:32 AM      Profile for Neil Stubbings   Email Neil Stubbings   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
i just got a H16 Reflex and from the serialnumber it looks like its a REX 3.
But from the looks of the side of it it looks like a REX 5.
what model is this? PICTURE
see picture:
And as i didnt get a manual with it I cant figure out what that bent lever on the left side is for? any clues?
or does someone have a pdf of the manual for this model?

thanks for your help!

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Louis Li
Expert Film Handler

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From: SG
Registered: Feb 2007

 - posted July 22, 2008 05:50 AM      Profile for Louis Li   Email Louis Li   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
i believe you have a rex 3.
a rex 5 would be able to fit a 400ft mag on top.
and the I T would be sort of a knob instead of a LEVER.
that accessory you are pointing at is a REXOFADER
The device was used on H-16 REX cameras to operate the variable shutter, creating timed FADES of 40 frames.
These are marked "H16-40" on the lever

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John Whittle
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From: Northridge, CA USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted August 01, 2008 08:55 AM      Profile for John Whittle   Email John Whittle       Edit/Delete Post 
Looks like a Rex 3 to me as well. The Rex 4 added a single frame drive shaft (the manual drive shaft on this is 8 frames per revolution and to do a dissolve you have to wind the film backwards 5 turns after a fade out and then the Rex-o-fader will automatically open when you start filming creating a smooth 40 frame dissolve).

The Rex 4 added the single frame shaft and I think some other improvments/modifications in the viewfinder.

The Rex 5 modified the top of the camera to accept a 400 foot magazine which required a motor drive with a power take-off for the take up motor for the magazine as well.

the Rex 3 has the flat base and can take the matte box accessory as long as you find one that has the attachement adapter with it.


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Raj Patel
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From: South East, UK
Registered: Aug 2008

 - posted September 13, 2008 09:58 AM      Profile for Raj Patel   Email Raj Patel   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
If you want to check it for sure, look at the serial number on the base. http://www.bolexcollector.com/cameras.html has listed the serial numbers and years of manufacture for all of these bolex cameras, click on the camera, then scroll to the bottom of its page.

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