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Paillard Bolex 18-5 8mm movie projector

Paillard Bolex 18-5 8mm movie projector

Regular price $175.00 CAD
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The Bolex 18-5 is a smooth operating and easy-to-thread 8mm projector built with Swiss precision. Though not quite as nice as the legendary Bolex M8 it replaced, the 18-5 is a very reliable and compact projector.

Note: this projector is for regular 8mm movies (aka regular 8 or double 8mm) and not Super 8!

Condition notes
The projector is in excellent running condition with a working lamp. As is typical with this era of Bolex projector, the name plate is missing on the front (in a weird design judgement lapse, Bolex used glue rather than rivets to attach the logo plate). The power inlet had a slight amount of 'give' so we reinforced it with marine-grade silicone (see photo), it's very sturdy now. The original power cord is missing so we're including an IEC cord that fits and works well (see the 6th and 7th photos).


  • IEC power cord (not the original but works well)
  • a working CXR lamp
  • 20mm f1.3 Bolex "Hi-Fi" lens (made in Switzerland)


If you choose '+ takeup reel', a metal 400' take-up reel will be included.


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  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 10 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" WEIGHT: 15 1/4 lbs.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Cast aluminum; Two-tone grey finish; Carrying handle; Detachable cover.
  • REEL CAPACITY: Reel arms accommodate 400 ft reels. Both reel arms fold downward for storage. THREADING: Simple manual threading with illustrations for loop forming on the projector body; film is placed onto sprockets with snap guides. Lens assembly pivots outward for easy loading and unloading.
  • POWER: Two versions: 1) 50 cycle 110-240v AC power; 2) 60 cycle 110-125v AC power.
  • LAMP: 8 volt, 50 watt lamp. Modern replacement: CXR 8V/50W LENS: Interchangeable lenses; Originally supplied with Bolex Hi-Fi f/1.3 lenses of 15, 20 or 25mm focal lengths. Other Bolex projector lenses were manufactured later.
  • VARIABLE SPEED: 18 and 5 frames per second; 18fps reverse projection; Rapid motor rewind. Forward or reverse motion with lamp switched off at 18fps.
  • OTHER FEATURES: Bolex anamorphic lens is easily attached to built-in holder for widescreen projection; Framing knob adjusts the claw for vertical alignment in the gate; Front leg for height adjustment and rear legs for leveling; Variable shutter automatically changes from three to nine blades when projection drops to 5fps; Catathermic filter preserves the film from excessive heating; A table lamp can be attached which switches off when the projector is running and relights again when stopped.
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