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