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Steven Spielberg Movie Camera Light – Bolex B8SL


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Interesting accent light made from a vintage Bolex B8SL. In the late 1950’s Steven Spielberg borrowed his dad’s 8mm movie camera and made a film for his Boy Scout photography merit badge. This led to him making many short movies. The Swiss made camera is one of the great midcentury cameras with its beautiful chrome and leather. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 18″ tall, 2″wide, 5.5″ deep
  • Rosie red badge
  • Certificate of authenticity that includes the story behind the camera
  • Includes brand new quality chrome mini-tripod and incandescent Edison light bulb
  • All parts are UL component listed (c UR us) for United States and Canada
  • Proudly made in Chautauqua, NY USA

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Only 2 left in stock

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This accent/ desk light is made with the finest new lighting components available. This includes:

  • Eight (8) foot long vintage inspired fabric cord with 2-prong plug
  • Fully functional in-line dimmer switch good for up to 120 volts
  • Heavy duty metal and chrome E26 socket (standard light bulb socket)
  • Brand new warm comforting incandescent Edison light bulb hand-spun from the PL&T company in Garland, TX. It is 40 watts with unique filament pattern. Light bulb rated for 3,000 hours. Click here to purchase replacement bulbs.
  • Maximum 100 watts

We start with the vintage camera we procure through various camera and antiques dealers nationwide. It has been sitting in an attic or basement for 50+ years and is non-functioning. We lovingly visually restore it with the following:

  • Removal of nicotine, mold, mildew with various solvents
  • Dissemble and clean the lenses and optics
  • Metal polishing using various cleaners and polishing agents
  • Leather cleaning, repair and conditioning
  • Please note: Each light is a little different and will not match the pictures exactly. The camera while clean and complete will have 50 to 80 years of wear and patina that gives it awesome character! Think of all the memories the thing captured. Contact us with questions.

Story Summary

Spielberg’s work spans four decades and includes some of Hollywood’s most successful and cherished movies. Born in 1946 he began making home movies when he was 12 using his dad’s 8mm movie camera and his own model trains.

He gradually got other kids to act in his short movies. A nine-minute 8 mm film entitled “The Last Gunfight”, earned him the Boy Scouts photography merit badge.

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Camera Description

The Bolex B8SL featured the convenience of a built-in light meter displayed in the view finder. This was a high-end 8mm movie camera for home use. It was made of heavy aluminum body, covered in genuine Moroccan leather and the metal parts were chrome plated. It included a two-lens turret for quick change of d-mount lenses. Like most 8mm cameras its capacity was 25-foot spools that are flipped after about two minutes of filming. When the film was developed, it was cut in half making a 50-foot spool of finished film, approximately 4 minutes of memories.


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