16 Jan

Digital Bolex gets its guts

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The Digital Bolex, one of 2012’s most anticipated cameras, is taking a little longer to arrive than first promised. But we’ve got proof that the Kickstarter darling is finally coming together

When it was first promoted as a Kickstarter project last March, the D16 Digital Bolex camera drew admirers and, for the adventurous, enough orders to surpass its fundraising goal. In fact, the project shattered its $100,000 goal, totaling a quarter-of-a-million dollars in advance purchases. An official licensee of the Bolex name, the new Digital Bolex brought its predecessor into the modern age with the promise of 2K RAW capture for $3000.

Production issues

Unfortunately, much like Blackmagic’s Cinema Camera (another entry in the 2K/$3000 category), the Digital Bolex ran into issues that pushed delivery well beyond its anticipated August 2012 release. Back in December, we featured an interview with Joe Rubenstein, co-founder of Digital Bolex. Long story short, we’re now looking at sometime in the ‘beginning of 2013’ before the long-awaited cam is out in the wild.

For those naysayers that think the Digital Bolex is just a bunch of vapor (especially those that purchased one on blind faith), we have news for you. The company’s engineers in Toronto received a shipment of their boards, along with other assorted guts. Once the beta units clear testing, it shouldn’t be long before the first batch of cameras see the light of day.


Digital Bolex Board


It remains to be seen if either the Digital Bolex or the Blackmagic Cinema Camera will survive their initial debuts, given the growing competition for affordable 2-4K cameras. Sony, RED, Panasonic, JVC; all of these manufacturers will undoubtedly offer attractive, high resolution cameras for the budget conscious consumer. However, sooner is definitely better than later, and fresh boards must come as welcome news to anyone interested in the Digital Bolex.




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  • I'm really pleased (and I must admit somewhat surprised) to see the Digital Bolex making progress. If they can get theirs into the mass market before Blackmagic fulfil their outstanding orders then they could really be onto a winner. Good luck to them.

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  • There's much (very much indeed) to be said for an almost forgotten word in camera design...................er-go-nom--ics. So nice when you can (presumably) just pick up a camera and shoot. Imagine that! No rails, no complicated holsters.

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  • My first professional film camera in 1980 was a Beaulieu 6008s. Super 8. It was staggeringly expensive at the time but this wonderful electro-mechanical device came with a removable 12:1 Schneider motor zoom lens of F1.4! Years later, when I moved on to shooting with Ikegami Betacam SP cameras and Fujinon broadcast ENG zooms, I wished someone could made a small digital camera body that would take that old Schneider lens.

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Patrick Jong Taylor

Patrick Jong Taylor is the North American Editor of RedShark News. He is also a Strategist for bigSTORY, a business consultancy based in Los Angeles and Austin, specializing in agile communication strategies.

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