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H-16 T

16mm Camera


  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 8 1/2" x 6" x 3"
  • WEIGHT: Approximately 5 1/2 lbs
  • OUTER CASE: Highly polished duraluminium body, covered in genuine Morocco leather. Metal parts are chrome-plated.
  • FILM CAPACITY: 100ft (30m) and 50ft (15m) daylight loading spools of 16mm film.
  • THREADING: Automatic threading and loop forming. The end of the film is simply placed in a channel leading to the feed sprocket. The release is pressed and the film is then automatically threaded throughout the entire mechanism.
  • MOTOR: Constant speed, spring motor mechanism; governor controlled. Large winding handle folds downward and attaches to camera when not in use. Spring cannot be over-wound. 8:1 external drive shaft permits the attachment of an electric motor.
  • TURRET: Rotating turret with folding lever; Accommodates three interchangeable C mount lenses. The top position allows for critical focusing through a magnified groundglass screen.
  • VIEWFINDER: A cupped eyepiece allows for critical focusing through a groundglass screen. Parallax correcting 'PC-12' preview finder gives an exact viewing field for lenses of four focal lengths: 16mm, 25mm, 50mm and 75mm.
  • VARIABLE SPEED: 8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second
  • PC12 Preview Finder RELEASE BUTTON: provides for the making of continuous exposures by a finger-tip release on the front of the camera. A side release allows for locked, hands-free running or single frame exposures.
  • SHUTTER: 144 degree aperture shutter
  • FOOTAGE COUNTER: adds and subtracts accurately in forward or reverse motion and automatically returns to zero when film is reloaded into the camera.
  • AUDIBLE FOOTAGE INDICATOR: A distinct click announces the passing of each 10 inches of film through the gate. This mechanism may be disengaged, if desired, by simply moving a lever.
  • FRAME COUNTER: Twin dial counts frames individually and in total; Adds frames in forward motion and subtracts when film is wound backwards. Dial may be reset manually at any time.
  • SINGLE FRAME: Time lapse and animation is possible by using the side release button or an accessory cable release and adapter; I-T lever allows for timed or instantaneous single exposures.
  • MANUAL REWIND: Clutch disengages spring motor and permits forward movement and backwind without running down the spring; allows for dissolves and superimposition.
  • TRIPOD SOCKET: 3/8" thread

Notes and Comments

The Bolex H-16 T was introduced in 1958 and included most of the design improvements of previous non-reflex H-16 turret cameras. The built-in filter slot (included on the earlier H-16 Supreme) was not equipped on the H-16 T. The lack of this feature allowed the camera to be sold at a lower price than the Supreme. For an additional cost, Bolex service facilities offered a modification for those who wished to have the gelatin filterslot installed; either at purchase or at a later date.

The basic H-16 T was originally sold with the newly introduced PC-12 Preview Finder. However, an eye level focuser could be added for an additional cost, and the PC-12 finder could be substituted for an Octameter.

Bolex cameras in the H16 non-reflex series:

H-16, H-16 Leader, H-16 Standard, H-16 Deluxe, H-16 Supreme, H-16 T and H-16 S. (See also: the Bolex H-16 M series.)

Serial Numbers and Dates of Manufacture

Paillard serial number data lists the H16T beginning at # 130001 in 1957; however, the H16T does not seem to have been officially introduced until 1958. The H16T was superseded by the H16S in approximately 1963.

Bolex H16T :: Serial Numbers
  #   Year
130001 150000 1957
150000 158000 1958
158000 175000 1959
175000 186000 1960
186000 192000 1961
192000 200000 1962
200000 208000 1963