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Paillard Bolex 18-5 8mm movie projector w/ take-up reel

Paillard Bolex 18-5 8mm movie projector w/ take-up reel

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 rugged as the legendary Bolex M8 it replaced, the 18-5 is much more compact and a very reliable unit in its own right.

Film compatibility info

This projector is for 8mm movies (regular 8 or double 8mm). It does not work with later Super 8 movies. If you're unsure which type of films you own, click here to see a diagram that shows the difference. 

Condition notes

The projector is in very good running condition with a working lamp. It's in very good cosmetic condition (see photos) with the most noteworthy flaw being a missing logo decal from the outer case. 

  • Original power cord
  • A working CXR lamp
  • 20mm f1.3 Bolex "Hi-Fi" lens (made in Switzerland)
  • Metal takeup reel with case 



  • 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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