Bolex SM80 Programmatic Projector

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Bolex SM 80 Programmatic Projector

A super8 and single8 sound projector.

Marketed 1977-80

Lens: Bolex Hi-Fi zoom 1,2/12,5-25mm

Halogen lamp 12 V/100 W type EFP.

Sound: Dual track mono (record on either track, playback on either track or mixed). Mixing from external source,
fade in / fade out, sound-on-sound. Programmatic recording gives frame accurate start and stop of recording using an electromechanical cyclometer type 18 frames/unit counter. This feature is similar to the Eumig "Sonomatic" recording feature of the Eumig 820/822/824 projectors

Amplifier: 10W rms/15W music power

Internal loudspeaker

Option for external loudspeaker ( 4 - 8 Ω )

Auto threading

Forward/backward projection

Speeds: 18 fps and 24 fps

Reel capacity: 240m/800ft

Weight appx. ???

Accessories: 120m/400ft reel; microphone; remote controller; cord to tape-recorder connection; film head trimmer/clipper

Optional accessories: Eumig Series 600 Daylight Viewer


The projector was based on the Bolex SM 80 Electronic marketed between 1975 and 1978. The construction of this projector borrows heavily from the Eumig 800 series projectors. Much of the parts and components are identical and most of the accessories are common.

A cheaper version the SM 80 MS (Multitrack) was also marketed. This had an F1.3 15-30mm zoom lens instead of F1.2 and lacked the "Programmatic" feature although a frame counter was fitted.