Jump to content

10mm f/1.6 Switar H16 RX Bolex Kern-Paillard Cine Lens for GH2


Recommended Posts

Howdy from Texas.  I've been visiting the site for a long time, but this is my first post.  The site is a fantastic resource!  Thank you Andrew (and forum contributors).

Does anyone have experience mounting a 10mm f/1.6 Switar H16 RX Bolex Kern-Paillard Cine Lens on the GH2?  Is it even worth the attempt?  I know next to nothing about this lens other than what I could track down at the following site:


Jason B
Link to comment
Share on other sites

EOSHD Pro Color 5 for Sony cameras EOSHD Z LOG for Nikon CamerasEOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles for All Canon DSLRs
I shot pop videos with 2 Bolex H16s all through the 90s
the Bolex has a prism that acts as part of the lens and optically is very important
If you use the lens on say a gh2 without the prism it does not look as sharp


have a read of this

Andy Lee
LTI Films
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Andy!  Your reply, especially the link, is exactly the level of detail I was hoping someone could provide.  Adapting those lenses for GH2 or other DSLRs would be an exercise in tech heaven, to be sure, but the road to reach that paradise would probably prove long and all consuming.  I think I rather would like to spend the time capturing video and telling stories.  You have been most helpful.

Best Regards,
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Kern Switar 10 f1.6 wont' come close to covering the m43 sensor and will have darkened corners.  Some of the longer focal length Kern lenses like the 26 1.1 Macro Switar basically covers with some vignetting.  I suppose you could use it in 1:1 crop mode, something I've done with my 25 1.8 SOM Berthoit Cinor. 

Here's a list of C-Mount lenses and their image circles

Seb Farges has many video on Vimeo with quite a few C-Mount lenses on the GH2, including one with the Kern Switar 26 1.1, so you might check these out. 


And tons of other cool C-mount lenses including some wider that the 10mm your inquiring about.  Good luck.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...