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Bolsey B, 35mm coupled rangefinder. Photograph gallery.

The Bolsey has been interesting, by which I mean challenging. It requires considerable concentration to keep it still, this is due to the break off on the Wollensak shutter which is a shade harsh. Coupled with the small size of the camera this can lead to camera shake at the moment of taking the picture. The rangefinder is reasonably accurate, but the lens has difficulty resolving crisply, particularly in the red area of the spectrum which is noticeably softer. There is no means to prevent the film from winding backwards, other than the pressure plate, after advancing a frame. If the camera has been left wound on for a while, it is best to check that vibration in cooperation with the films natural spring like qualities hasn't partially backed the film up a little. Apart from these points the Bolsey is cute and returns quite tolerable results.

Deep in the steaming jungle and       swamps

Deep in the steaming jungle and swamps of Bishopstoke woods.

First post restoration picture with the Bolsey, to check the rangefinder.


Rangefinder is accurate within the limitations of the camera's lens.


All the pictures here are full frame. Even at web based resolution, you can see that the Bolsey is not quite as sharp as other cameras of the era, or many earlier ones.

Below length, Durdle Dor, one of several notable geological features on this part of the Dorset coast.

Below. Lulworth Castle gutted by a disastrous fire in 1929, now owned by English Heritage - it has been partially restored. Well worth a visit, the centre is partially illustrated with photographs taken before the fire.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Castle gutted by a disastrous fire         in 1929
Lulworth Castle gutted by a disastrous fire         in 1929
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