Bol Cinégraphe 35mm cine camera

Made:
1924 in Geneva
maker:
Bol SA
and
Kern and Company AG
designer:
Jacques Bolsky

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Cinegraphe Bol 35mm Cine Camera, 1924
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Cinegraphe Bol camera, 1924. Cine camera for 35mm film in metal chargers. Serial No 6604. Bolar lens by Kern, Switzerland, F:55mm f/2-9 in focusing mount, Serial No 2434. Hand turned (crank missing) 8 toothed claw, 2 sprocket cylindrical shutter. Provision for use as projector, open gate, shuttered slots for external reels. Rotating film counter, calibrated for 30 meters. Large folding frame viewfinder with pendulum level, unusual design, incorporating distance scale on transparent inset sheet - focusing pointer visible from rear of camera. 'Chimneypot' exposure calculator on side of camera.

Bol Cinégraphe, made in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1924.

Cine camera for 35mm film in metal chargers. Serial No 6604. Bolar lens by Kern, Switzerland, F:55mm f/2-9 in focusing mount, Serial No 2434. Hand turned (crank missing) 8 toothed claw, 2 sprocket cylindrical shutter. Provision for use as projector, open gate, shuttered slots for external reels. Rotating film counter, calibrated for 30 meters. Large folding frame viewfinder with pendulum level, unusual design, incorporating distance scale on transparent inset sheet - focusing pointer visible from rear of camera. 'Chimneypot' exposure calculator on side of camera.

The Bol Cinégraphe was designed for the amateur cinematographer. It is a hand turned 35mm camera that could also be used as a projector and was capable of enlarging negatives and printing positives on 35mm film. It had a frame viewfinder with incorporated focusing scale and pendulum level.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/2059
Materials:
glass, leatherette, metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall (folded): 195 mm x 75 mm x 175 mm,
overall (deployed): 195 mm x 165 mm x 175 mm,
type:
cine camera projector
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image viewing equipment
  • image projecting equipment (unit)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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