From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Bolex is a Swiss company (Bolex International S.A. of Yverdon) that manufactures motion picture cameras and lenses, the most notable products of which are in the 16 mm and Super 16 mm formats. Bolex cameras were particularly important for early television news, nature films, documentaries and the avant garde, and are still favoured by many animators today. Whilst some later models are electrically powered, the majority of those manufactured since the 1930s use a spring-wound clockwork. The 16 mm spring-wound Bolex is a popular introductory camera in film schools.
Today, the Bolex factory in Switzerland continues to produce 16mm and Super 16 film cameras and exports them to many countries, particularly to the USA.
Bolex in Switzerland is specialized in the conversion to Super 16 of all Bolex H16 Reflex cameras, whether with C-mount rotating turret or with a bayonet-mount.