APS Bolex 16mm Reflex Proficiency Test

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Please read the APS Bolex 16mm Reflex Operating Guide to complete the written portion of test prior to in-person operational proficiency.

Bring test answers to your scheduled in-person operational proficiency, with your name and TESC ID number clearly indicated.
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Written Test

  1. What additional accessories do you need to check out in addition to the Bolex?
  2. List the four steps necessary to set the diopter adjustment.
  3. How does changing the frame rate (frames per second/fps) effect the look of the film?
  4. What is the standard frame rate for shooting on 16mm film?
  5. Explain the difference between Bolex RX lenses and non-RX lenses. What do you need to do to compensate for the difference?
  6. Describe the difference between a bayonet mount and a turret mount camera.
  7. What is the function of the turret plug?
  8. List the steps necessary to load the camera.
  9. To avoid fogging the film, what part of the camera must always be in up-right (vertical) position when the cameraperson's eye is not against the eye cup?
  10. How do you know when the variable shutter is closed? What is the consequence of not being sure of its position?
  11. What should you always do before putting the Bolex away?
  12. What is the extent of your financial responsibility in case of loss, or damage to the camera?

Operational Proficiency Test

  • Identify all of the parts and control of the Bolex H16.
  • Set the diopter
  • Show how to wind the camera motor
  • Demonstrate how to insert and change filters in the camera.
  • Set the fps at 24, set the counter at 0.
  • Observe the differences between slow and fast frame rates.
  • Load film in the camera.
  • Demonstrate how to create a lap dissolve.
  • Demonstrate extended exposure and animation features.
  • Display proper lens mounting on both the turret and bayonet mount cameras.
  • Properly attach a cable release.
  • Demonstrate how to use a rewind.
  • Wind the camera down before putting it away.