Digital Bolex Stops Manufacturing Cameras – End of a Dream

June 28th, 2016
Digital Bolex Stops Manufacturing Cameras - End of a Dream

Digital Bolex, the small independent camera manufacturer of the D16 cinema camera sadly announced the end of camera production. 

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In a Thank You post published yesterday by one of the founders, Elle Schneider, she describes what led to that decision. Elle is openly describing the hurdles small business face, let alone a business in our very competitive industry. With so many open questions surrounding their camera manufacturing line, the team at Digital Bolex decided to no longer produce cinema cameras after June of 2016 or as Elle describes it: 

After much deliberation, our team has recently decided that, for us, it’s the responsible decision to leave the table before any of those questions begin to affect our company and our customers.

It is important to stress that Digital Bolex is promising that their “website, forum and help section will continue as a resource for existing customers and those renting the camera from private owners or rental houses who need assistance.”

When I last talked to Elle during NAB 2016 I would not have imagined that it’s the last time we were talking about their bold venture, which raised more then $262,000 during a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

All of us at cinema5D are sad to see the end of a dream and the fate Digital Bolex is facing. We truly wish the dear people behind this project to recover fast and come back with new, fresh ideas for the benefit of the filming community.

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 Dominic Feltoe
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July 6th, 2016

A lot of idiots on here who think resolution is the be-all and end-all. Quality of image is not something you should define simply by clarity. A great shame, anyway, and I hope the people behind this project find success in the future.

 Mike Brantley
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June 29th, 2016

Such negativity among these comments! I love, love, love the aesthetics of the Digital Bolex image and the way the camera handles. There’s nothing else like it, to be sure, and it’s sad they are ending production. I will baby mine for as long as it lasts, and hopefully that will be a long, long time. The footage looks like film, and the camera handles like a film camera. It has a place in my kit forever, until/unless it breaks beyond repair.

Gene Nemetz
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June 29th, 2016

It cost too much. It did have great audio specs. But the video wasn’t impressive enough to justify the cost. I exchanged a lot of comments with Joseph Rubinstein in Nofilmschool threads. He completely stonewalled the idea of going to 4k. So, as it was, he wanted a comparatively high price for a 1080p/2k camera. 4K had already begun it’s raging popularity. If the camera was 4K it may have had a better chance. He repeatedly told me he had paid hundreds of dollars for “studies” that showed 4K really wasn’t needed for years. But, 4K cameras were selling like crazy, the best example being the GH4. And the price of 4K tvs was coming down quickly. I told him to forget those “studies” and look what was happening in the real world. But he kept saying those studies said 4K wasn’t necessary. I had considered the Digital Bolex. But with it’s high cost compared to competitor cameras, and not having 4K, I just wouldn’t do it–because really, the picture just didn’t stand out as anything special, though I had some people telling me, emphatically, how special it was.

Carlos Quintero
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June 29th, 2016

It is gut wrenching to see a small business being forced to make a tough decision – those guys have and had the guts and passion to pursue their dream and share them with all of us who love and enjoy filmmaking as much as they do

Andy Khwairakpam
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June 28th, 2016

They should have stopd long time back. They r failure. I would take canon 550d if i were asked to choose between bolex and 550d as a gift

Santiago Bruzzese
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June 28th, 2016

boludo justo estaba vindo videoss

Member
June 28th, 2016

whatever you do, don’t look back.

Marc-Ferdinand Körner
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June 28th, 2016

Thats sad to hear. But I guess it didn’t found the Fanbase it needs.

Luiz Murillo
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June 28th, 2016

Qualitybase, perhaps?

Kamel Labiad
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June 28th, 2016

It never been a good camera and they take this more as an art project and less as a technology device, ofcourse you can not survive when your competitors and everyone is optimising for efficiency, just look to the camera shape It is wearied and not practical with that screen on top, they had good chance to make this works if they stayed away from the name bolex and if they designed more practical body

Gene Nemetz
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June 29th, 2016
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I never was impressed with the picture of it. The nostalgia drove any sales they had, and also that they marketed it as a hipster camera. But there’s not a lot of hipsters in the first place. And why would they want to pay double for an inferior product, meaning, they could pay less than half and get a 4K camera with a better picture.

Chris Allen
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June 28th, 2016

I saw that coming a mile off!

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