Bellows Attachment for Macrofilming

Bolex product code:- NOFOF

Side View of Bellows Attachment for Macro FilmingThis accessory basically enables you to use a Turret H16 Bolex camera to view and take pictures of very small items such as you would use a microscope for. So if you like creating time-lapse shots of cells in a Petri dish expanding or closely inspecting the features of an ant this is for you.

This item shows the range of applications the Bolex camera was put to use in. In fact Bolex produced an entire brochure of how governments and industry over the globe were using the Bolex H16 for research purposes.

It was called "The Technical Applications of the Bolex H16 Reflex" and one of the features they did was on a company who proved its product worked by using the Macro filming attachment attached to a Bolex H16.

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Macro filming makes the invisible visible

"The Pfersee chemical works in Aldburgh Germany manufacture the Scotchgard stain repellent for textiles. As cloth impregnated with Scotchguard looks exactly the same as none treated cloth, the problem was to find a way of visibly demonstrating the products advantages to prospective buyers. The company directors decided to enlist the help of the movie camera and chose the Macro filming technique in order to demonstrate how even the smallest fibre in a piece of cloth is insulated by the product. The film was shot with a Bolex H 16 Reflex camera, fitted with the YVAR 75 mm lens and extension Tubes.

The bellows attached to a H16 turret cameraA drop of oil was placed on each of the two strands of wool shown opposite. The results provide a dramatic demonstration of the effect of Scotchgard impregnation and a most convincing argument for its advantages. The photograph opposite shows the same experiment repeated on a piece of medium weight cloth."

The unit is designed to attach only to a Bolex turret H16 Camera by screwing it into its top and bottom lens positions. It allows focusing at very close range by changing the position of the lens by moving it along the guide rails.

You can place specimens you want to film directly on top of the compressed bellows or you can extend the bellows to cover the lens and place specimens beyond the metal frame.


The lens used in this apparatus is a Yvar 2,8 75mm lens even though the kit comes complete with two adapter which allow fixing of other manufacturers lenses to it.