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Posted by Nicholas Katrinic (Member # 7023) on July 19, 2019, 12:22 AM:
It seems like there is a lot of new supplies available these days for these old 1930s to 1960s 8mm crank movie cameras,, Super 8mm cameras,, and 16mm crank cameras, etc and projectors ....And apparently VERY popular in many countries around the world ... Is there anyone or any company that has thought of maybe making these types of cameras and projectors NEW again for these modern times......Its true that technology sort of rules regarding movie making . But these very old cameras are still popular .So it would great if someone did decide to manufacture these types of cameras again ...
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on July 19, 2019, 10:14 AM:
Not feasible. The tooling costs for these cameras/projectors is in the multimillion dollar range.The market is just not there to support this kind of investment. Judging by the lack of the much touted new Kodak super 8 camera, they have come to the same conclusion.
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on July 19, 2019, 10:38 AM:
These days a good buy is a Bolex standard 8 camera. Beautifully made to last a lifetime, and here's the good news; Bolex in Switzerland are still alive and can service and supply spare parts.
Posted by Nicholas Katrinic (Member # 7023) on July 19, 2019, 12:54 PM:
Bolex is still around . Well how about that . Now that IS good news... I'll definitely check that out. Ive been thinking of getting a Bolex as my last camera . Something that doesnt require any battery power to operate which is why i got interested in these old cameras in the first place.. Before i bought the Mansfield Cinemax 8EE camera{which doesnt use batteries} i was looking at Bolex cameras. But i couldnt find any thing,, in my present price range,, that did not use batteries .. Except the Bolex H8 which does not use batteries but is a little high in price and is quite big and heavy . So i may keep trying to find a Bolex that does not use batteries and is the size of my Argus 85E{which does use a ExellMRB625 battery for the fstop and light meter unfortunately} and Mansfield 8EE Cinemax 8mm cameras.. If i cant find that ,,Ill save my money for that Bolex H8 8mm camera. And thank you for that information on the Bolex company still in business... That is excellent
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on July 19, 2019, 02:57 PM:
Here's a nice little Bolex. Pictures seem to show it's in good condition. Seems reasonable at $34.99. aillard-Bolex-B8SL-8mm-Cine-Camera-with-Manual-and-Box/133112170915?hash=item1efe1a89a3:g:ZvEAAOSw7MtdK6LV
Posted by Nicholas Katrinic (Member # 7023) on July 19, 2019, 10:43 PM:
Hello again. I got to say to Maurice and these other folks on this site . I wish I had met you folks sooner on this site. Especially regarding the info on the Bolex camera company still being in business,, thank you for that Maurice. I just hope that buying these 2 cameras Argus 85E and Mansfield 8EE cinemax cameras were not a mistake to purchase, even though they cost very little.. AND ,, surprise ,surprise that Bolex link shows that they also made the Eumig 8mm camera i think.. I looked at that Bolex 8mm B8SL camera ,and i looked at a Bolex B-8L and i really like the Bolex B8L. i just need to find out if these cameras use any type of battery,,hopefully not........ And somewhere i saw some info that the Bolex models of H8 and H16 dont get serviced but other models do but i cant remember where i saw that info ..... So after this i need to be very careful on what i buy. And do a little more research before i buy .. Thank you all for your help

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