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What kind of Kowa Bell & Howell is this ?

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Hey I am looking forward buying a Kowa Bell and Howell. Found this one on the internet but the body is different from the all black Bell & Howell. I found it might be a Kowa 16H. Any difference from the real Bell & Howell ??

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This looks more like a rebranded 16D or 16C, like Sankor made but they also came branded differently. Ask the seller if there are any numbers on the lens body. It will help identify the model.

The one you show looks to be smaller than Kowa B&H / 16H / 8Z (which share the same build and size). Those are popular because of high quality glass and large lens elements that allow for somewhat wider taking lenses.

Having said that, if the lens you found is in good shape and well priced, it can be a good start for shooting anamorphic.

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13 hours ago, Timotheus said:

This looks more like a rebranded 16D or 16C, like Sankor made but they also came branded differently. Ask the seller if there are any numbers on the lens body. It will help identify the model.

The one you show looks to be smaller than Kowa B&H / 16H / 8Z (which share the same build and size). Those are popular because of high quality glass and large lens elements that allow for somewhat wider taking lenses.

Having said that, if the lens you found is in good shape and well priced, it can be a good start for shooting anamorphic.

Thanks! He sells it for 300 usd but looks in perfect condition. Is it a faire price ?! Or i should go for a kowa 8z ?!

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It aint cheap, but it is a price that you see more often. If you wait, you should be able to get one like this for cheaper though. Negotiating is also an option of course ;-)

If you find a Kowa 16H or 8Z for this kind of money it is a better deal.

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I agree with Timotheus. I bought one for less than half that a few months ago (mostly plastic parts) from Germany; rebadge of Sankor/Singer 16D or Bolex 16F. Seems like a decent enough starter lens, but $300 is a bit steep, unless it holds some mind-blowing secret...

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