There is very little I can say about Bolex cameras that hasn't already been said. They are SUPERB!! From the tiny little P and B series units to the mighty REX, there is just none finer IF, you are content with a spring wound camera that runs regular 8mm or 16mm film. I personally use an H8 REX camera and I love it. But remember, I am a guy that loves the look and feel of hands on quality. The finish is perfect but they are lacking in ultra modern features. I can't afford a Rolls Royce or an Aston Martin but I get some of the same thrill knowing that I am holding as fine an instrument ever built. These are not for point and shoot people. They would be the wrong tool for that job.
Now that I have drooled all over your screen, let's get real. Here is what to look out for. The spring motor sometimes breaks. Fact of life: they are getting old. Make sure that you have the motor and associated gearing lubricated. The shutter button sticks, they sometimes squeak when they run. The lenses seize up and are all but impossible to focus or set the aperature. The film compartment door gets loose and can leak light. Had enough? Read on
All of the preceeding is me letting you know that we know of your problems and concerns. Every single one is the result of a Rolls Royce quality instrument not being cleaned and lubricated. PERIOD!
They will literally run forever if properly cared for. REMEMBER: they are all between 45 and 50 years old. Send them to us and let us lavish some love and care on them. In 99% of cases they will return to usefulness and continue to make superb photographic images.
There are hundreds of extras that you can add to these rigs including AC and DC electric motors, different finders, pistol grips, and the widest possible range of fixed (prime) and zoom optics imagineable. Throw one on a tripod and head out to capture some nature shots with long lenses. Be sure and bring your light meter because there is generally not one on the camera. ENJOY!!