Previous Updates - Archives
Inside Paillard Bolex
September 2, 2011 -- Friday
Four short films, that provide a fascinating look inside the Paillard Bolex factory in Saint-Croix.
December 4, 2008 -- Thursday
A short holiday-themed update, and explanation for the lack of recent updates.
September 24, 2008 -- Wednesday
The discussion forum is currently down for upgrades.
June 6, 2008 -- Friday
New site design: centered for higher resolution monitors. Refresh your browser if things look odd.
Bolex Serial Numbers
May 11, 2007 -- Friday
New Article: a list of camera serial numbers and dates of manufacture. The camera section has also been updated with more information.
TV Commercial for Bolex 155 Macrozoom
April 23, 2007 -- Monday
A Bikini, a Beach and a Bolex? This video for a 1968 television commercial features all three.
1958 TV Commercial for Bolex Cameras
April 22, 2007 -- Sunday
New article with video: A classic television commercial from 1958, promoting Paillard-Bolex and Willoughby's camera store.
Bolex Projector Serial Numbers
April 11, 2007 -- Wednesday
I've added serial numbers and dates of manufacture for all Paillard models on the projector page, starting with the Model G.
Bolex Books from the 1950s and 60s
March 29, 2007 -- Thursday
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
March 21, 2007 -- Wednesday
Explained: The differences between regular and RX lenses for Bolex H16 cameras.
Current eBay Auctions
March 10, 2007 -- Saturday
Added a new page that continuously lists 50 Bolex related auctions ending soon on eBay.
New Bolex Discussion Forum!
March 2, 2007 -- Friday
Read messages or join the community to talk with others about Bolex (or any classic movie cameras and projectors.)
1950s Bolex Catalogs
February 27, 2007 -- Tuesday
New additions to the section on Bolex product catalogs for movie equipment from the 1950s.
News: February '07 Updates
February 22, 2007 -- Thursday
Site news, updates and additions, including a list of 10 new scans of Bolex brochures to the ephemera section.
Bolex Dealer Camera Display Stand
February 6, 2007 -- Tuesday
New Article: Images and details of a decorative camera display stand used in franchised Bolex dealer stores during the 1950s.
January 28, 2007 -- Sunday
In response to a few email questions I've received regarding shutter speeds, I have updated the F.A.Q. with this: "How to determine your exposure time".
We Visit Paillard-Bolex
January 26, 2006 -- Friday
New Article: An Amateur Movie Maker team takes a trip to a Swiss mountain top to investigate the facts behind the magic name. (circa 1959)
January 23, 2007 -- Tuesday
Several updates, thanks to reader contributions: H. Kriesi has supplied more information on the Auto Cine projector; A UK C8S ad, courtesy J. Exley; and this mystery camera has been identified.
January 13, 2007 -- Saturday
J. Martin of Switzerland has provided us with two excellent Bolex ads from 1931. Both have been added to the ephemera section, here and here.
January 8, 2007 -- Monday
The first of many additions for 2007 -- A magazine advertisement from 1947. You can view it here. More on the way soon.
Merry Christmas, from Bolex Collector
December 18, 2006 -- Monday
Seasons Greetings and site related news for 2007.
December 6, 2006 -- Wednesday
Made some minor typo and link corrections to the site. Also, the identity of this camera was found. The answer will be posted soon, but you're still welcome to send in your guesses.
Bolex Christmas Gift Ideas
December 2, 2006 -- Saturday
An interactive guide to Bolex cameras and accessories, including prices - as of Christmas 1959, that is.
Shoot Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey
November 12, 2006 -- Sunday
You don't have to celebrate Thanksgiving to enjoy this classic article
from the Fall 1960 issue of the Bolex Reporter magazine.
Bolex Glass Dealer Sign
November 10, 2006 -- Friday
Images and details of a piece from my collection.
Three-Lens Turret Conversion
November 9, 2006 -- Thursday
A scan of some interesting ephemera from May 1959.
"What Is It?"
November 8, 2006 -- Wednesday
New article: just something interesting I found in a 1968 camera magazine.
October 27, 2006 -- Friday
New Article: A 45 rpm record with music and sound effects for adding
to your films.
Bolex Record - Ross Hunter
October 26, 2006 -- Thursday
A Bolex instructional record from 1961, titled "Top Secrets of Hollywood
Movie Making", with tips from producer Ross Hunter.
Bolex Logo Dealer Sign
October 12, 2006 -- Thursday
Details and pictures of an aluminum Dealer sign in the shape of the
October 8, 2006 -- Sunday
I updated the comments section on the Bolex
B-8 camera page to include images and serial numbers of the different
types of control dials found on early B-8 and C-8
cameras. Hope you find this useful.
October 5, 2006 -- Thursday
Another advertisement; this one, from a 1948 magazine. Somehow, I'd
never noticed it before today... so, I scanned it. Have
The Bolex Reporter Magazine
October 4, 2006 -- Wednesday
A look at the Bolex Reporter magazine, published from 1950 to 1974 by
Paillard Incorporated in the United States.
Small Bolex Items
September 20, 2006 -- Wednesday
A couple of, presumably, Bolex dealer items; a Paillard-Bolex tie-bar
Tips on Mercury Battery Replacement
August 17, 2006 -- Thursday
New article added, with suggestions for replacement batteries on cameras
that use obsolete mercury cells.
July 25, 2006 -- Tuesday
Ephemera additions: 10 more magazine ads from the 1940s and 10 more
brochures from the late '50s and early '60s. View them beginning on
The American Bolex Company
April 26, 2006 -- Wednesday
A brief history of the sole distributor of Paillard products in the
United States from 1936 to 1948, and manufacturer of Ambol and Cinea
motion picture equipment.
Leader, Standard or Deluxe?
January 1, 2006 -- Sunday
How to identify the differences between these three very similar models.
More importantly, why it doesn't really matter.
The Paillard-Bolex Camera
December 1, 2005 -- Thursday
A general look at the different models of Bolex cameras, from the professional
H model, to the pocket size 8mm home movie camera.