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D16 PL MountYesterday at NAB, Digital Bolex announced their new native B&W camera, the D16M, and today, they have another treat to reveal to fans of the vintage inspired D16 digital cinema camera. Digital Bolex has just announced that the D16 now has a PL mounting option, giving filmmakers more latitude to use professional quality PL lenses to capture the images that work for their projects. More »

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Digital Bolex MonochromeAmidst the absolute craziness of NAB yesterday, especially all of the major camera announcements, one announcement seemed to slip past the mass havoc created by Blackmagic and AJA. I’m talking of course about the fact that our friends over at Digital Bolex have just released a brand new black and white variation on their popular D16 digital cinema camera. Read on to see what the D16M is all about! More »

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Digital Bolex D16 Sensor

I shared my initial thoughts on the camera last week in Part 1, and since then I’ve been able to spend a little more time with the camera. The firmware I had when first shooting with it was slightly more beta than the firmware the camera currently has, but even in that time many more things have improved. I will elaborate on those in future posts, but for now I thought it would be a good idea to post some footage and talk about the image. With help from Adam and Dylan from Rule Boston Camera, we compared the D16 to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the SI-2K Mini (which is in a housing known as Black Betty). Check out that test below, as well as some of the first footage we’ve shot near the bottom of the post. More »

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5SecondFilms LogoIt’s happening! It’s finally happening! The Digital Bolex team, after their years-long journey from conception to finalized product, has at last released their D16 digital cinema camera into the world. We’ve already seen the first major review from our very own Joe Marine. However, Joe (Rubinstein) and Elle have been making their way around the country debuting the camera and putting it into the hands of eagerly awaiting filmmakers. Some of the first filmmakers to put the D16 into their workflow are the extremely funny folks over at 5SecondFilms, a Los Angeles-based comedic filmmaking troupe. In a guest post on the Digital Bolex blog, 5Second filmmaker, Tim Ciancio talks about his first practical experience with the D16. More »

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We heard last week that the Digital Bolex D16 was finally going to start shipping after a lengthy development period that saw the camera transform into a much more fully-featured tool (many of these transformations coming from future owner requests). The cameras are definitely shipping now, as we’ve got our own test camera that we’ll be reviewing very soon. But that’s not all, if you’ve been looking at grabbing one for yourself, pre-orders for new cameras are currently live over on the Digital Bolex site (along with a number of other goodies in the DB store). Click through for more on first impressions of the camera. More »

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Digital Bolex-Finished-Body-8285The first D16 cameras have been finished and are shipping to Kickstarter backers this week, but that doesn’t mean the folks at Digital Bolex are done. They are ramping up production beyond just crowdfunding backers, and will be opening up pre-sales for a new batch of 500 cameras starting Monday, December 16th, at 10AM. The good news doesn’t stop there, not only can you get in line, but you can also save $100 on that order with an exclusive No Film School discount code. More »

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Digital BolexThe Digital Bolex D16 camera was wildly successful when it launched on Kickstarter back in March 2012, blowing past its funding goal in just a matter of hours. It’s been a long development process with 100s of improvements made to the camera, and now it’s finally going to be in the hands of shooters within the next week. If you missed the Kickstarter, and you’d like to get your hands on one, they will officially be opening up pre-orders for the camera starting next week. Check below for more details. More »

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Digital Bolex D16 Finished BodyIt’s been a long and tough road for the team over at Digital Bolex, and while they would be the first to tell you that they would have loved for the product to be out and about already, nothing with camera design is easy or simple, and each project faces its own challenges and difficulties. Even RED, with their many millions of dollars spent on development of the DRAGON sensor, has only delivered a small number of finished cameras, most of which are not in the hands of regular users, but instead are being used on huge productions like Transformers and David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl. Either way, the D16 project is very, very close to completion, with locked calibration and firmware coming in the next few weeks. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Digital Bolex D16 Sensor Calibration Complete - nofilmschoolThe Digital Bolex has been making steady progress over the last few months, and we’ve seen a number of posts and test footage from pre-production versions of the camera. You may have heard of sensor calibration being talked about with the Blackmagic Production 4K camera, and that’s because it’s one of the most important parts of the camera development process. Even cameras that are shooting RAW — like the Digital Bolex D16 — must be calibrated so that they are getting the most out of the sensor and capturing information in the best possible way to get consistent and quality results in post. That process has now been completed, and the DB team is showing off some brand new footage. More »

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Michael Plescia Digital BolexIf it seems like we’ve been talking about the Digital Bolex a lot lately, it’s because we definitely have. A few months ago, it looked as if the release of the D16 was still quite a ways into the future. However, Joe, Elle, and the DB team have really pushed the process and gotten the beta version of the camera up and running. As a result, we’ve been seeing some promising test footage circulate for the past couple of weeks. Now, we’ve got even more to get excited about, as Michael Plescia, a professional filmmaker, has shot and graded some footage of his own and weighed in on the future of this camera. More »

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Digital Bolex Low LightFor the past several weeks, footage from the Digital Bolex D16 has slowly but surely been making its way around the web. So far we’ve seen that the D16′s RAW footage is eminently gradable, and that the skin tones are on par with, if not better than any other digital cinema cameras like the Digital Bolex. Now we’ve got the first low-light shots from the D16. Despite the fact that the camera maxes out at 400 ISO, these tests might just surprise you: More »

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Digital Bolex footageWith the little bit of footage we’ve been able to see coming from the Digital Bolex, it’s only natural that we not only want to see more of it, but also maybe a few tests of a wider range of conditions to get a better feeling of what the camera can do. Well, the team over at Digital Bolex has released new footage that tests how the camera performs in sunlight, as well as with skin tones. Though not on the long side, these two tests surely demonstrate the capabilities of the D16. Check out the videos after the jump. More »

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Joe Rubinstein

Joe Rubinstein and his team at Digital Bolex have been developing a new, fully digital version of the most sought after 16mm camera brand in the world, the Bolex. After some lively debates on their forums, Joe decided to address a topic that he found to be particularly engaging with both fans and naysayers alike: is 4K worth it? Joe delves into what 4K is all about after the jump.

This is a guest post by Joe Rubinstein, founder of Digital Bolex. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Digital Bolex Releases a Massive 10GB of RAW D16 Sample Footage for You to Play Around With - nofilmschoolWe got a little tease of the Digital Bolex D16 RAW camera earlier in the week, and some were quite concerned with the small amount of footage being released (though they were very clear that more was coming later in the week). That later in the week is here, and the team over at Digital Bolex is now releasing a massive amount of footage for you to play around with (around 10GB worth). Click through to watch the streaming samples first, and some behind the scenes. More »

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Digital Bolex FrameIt’s been quite a journey for the Digital Bolex team. There have been plenty of bumps along the way, and plenty of haters who said the Digital Bolex would never come to fruition. Well folks, we’ve finally got the first RAW 24fps footage from the prototype of the D16, and it’s clear that the finalized version of the Digital Bolex nearing its completion. Check out the original footage (and several graded variations) below: More »

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Digital Bolex-Finished-Body-8351aThe Digital Bolex D16 camera is on the last legs of its journey towards completion. The project was Kickstarted in March 2012, and was envisioned as a camera for filmmakers that would produce high-quality RAW “digital negatives” from a Super 16mm-sized sensor without any excuses or compromises on image quality. While there have been a number of setbacks and issues since then (you can read about those here), the first cameras will be shipping soon. We saw the final design for the D16 in February, but now we’re actually getting our first images from the nearly-completed camera, and for those who’ve got one coming — they look pretty fantastic. More »

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Kish Lens TestsRemember the Digital Bolex? Despite the fact that most of the camera buzz has been around Blackmagic and Canon (with the RAW video hack of the 5D) for the past month or so, Joe and Elle have just kept on with bringing their vision for the Digital Bolex D16 to fruition. While the final design of the camera is not yet being manufactured, many of the pieces needed to make the camera function out of the box (like a custom-built PL mount and the Kish lenses for the turret) are now nearing completion in time for the release of the camera. Hit the jump to see what the fine folks at Digital Bolex have been up to for the past two months. More »

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This is a guest post by Alyssa Bolsey.

First things first, you want to make a movie and you need a camera, right? The options are endless and it feels like there is a new camera coming out every couple of months! What to do? After you’ve done all your research, you either buy one, rent one, or most likely (as in my case) you beg until someone will let you borrow theirs for a few days. Ahhh… Such is the life of an indie filmmaker. Now, imagine a time when there wasn’t an affordable camera to buy, borrow or rent because independent filmmaking didn’t exist and therefore, a camera for the independent filmmaker didn’t exist. This is Beyond the Bolex, the story of the man responsible for the beginning of independent filmmaking and the inventor of the Bolex motion picture film camera, Jacques Bolsey. More »

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The Digital Bolex D16 has been one of the most anticipated products in recent memory for the indie film community. Since it was first announced via Kickstarter over a year ago, and since it blew past its funding goal, Joe, Elle, and the team at Ienso Electronics have been incredibly busy taking customer feedback and zeroing-in on additional features for the camera. While it has taken quite a bit longer than those involved with the product design had anticipated, the finalized version of the D16 appears to be right around the corner. Joe and Elle were at South by Southwest last week showing the final design of the camera and fielding questions. Below is a quick video of Mike from the Digital Bolex team with the final version of the D16. More »

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Film vs. Digital. Celluloid vs. Silicon. While the debate is beginning to die down due to economics and advancements in digital cinema cameras, a documentary on the subject called Side by Side takes a look at the issue with some of the premiere directors and cinematographers. We mentioned a few months ago that the doc, produced by Keanu Reeves, was available to buy, but now the film is available to watch right now on Netflix. Click through for some clips from the movie. More »