This hand grip is designed for use with the H16 and H8
cameras with flat bases. A quick attachment device
enables it to be mounted and removed instantaneously. An
adapter (fig. 1) fitted to the camera base enables the
hand grip to be locked in position when the lever (b) is
operated (see fig. 3).
Mounting the adapter on the
The adapter should be fitted into the forward threaded
hole in the camera base (see fig. 2). On fig. 1, note the
locking pin (c). This fits into the groove (d) in the
camera base (fig. 2). To safeguard against any possible
play, proceed as follows:-
- Loosen screw(s).
- Place the locking pin (c) in the groove in the
camera base; screw up and slightly tighten the screw
(a) of the adapter using a screwdriver or a coin
- Tighten the screw (e). When turned, this screw
opens the jaws which form the two parts of the locking
pin, thus eliminating all play between the sides of
the groove and the pin.
- Tighten screw (a) firmly.
2. Mounting the
hand grip on the camera
After screwing the adapter on to the camera, mount the
hand grip as follows:-
Adjusting the grip
- Press the locking catch (f) to free the lever
- Move the lever back as shown in fig. 3. The
attachment device is not "open".
- Place the platform of the hand grip against the
base of the camera, so that the adapter fits into its
- Move the lever forward until the locking catch (f)
resumes it s original position. The hand grip is now
firmly fitted to the camera.
The two stops (h) and (j) at the rear of the platform
prevent any movement of the hand grip against the camera
base. The moveable stop (j) emables any play between the
base and the two stops to be eliminated. Slightly loosen
the lever (b) and turn the hand grip against the stop
(h). Then loosen the screw (k) and set the stop (j)
against the base to elminate any existing play. Tighten
the screw (k) and the lever (b). Once this has been done,
the hand grip can be removed and replaced very quickly at
any time, as long as the adapter is left on the base of
the camera. The adapter can also be used with a Bolex
tripod (same method of attachment).
Using the hand grip
The two levers (l) and (m) limit the back and forward
movement of the release on the hand grip.
Turn the lever to the rear (backward travel limited)
for normal running. The camera stops when the finger is
taken off the trigger.
Turn the lever forward (maximum backward travel) for
continuous running when the hand grip trigger is fully
depressed - when closing a scene with a fade-out for
example, achieved with the help of the RX-Fader
(Rexofader) for H16 and H8 Reflex cameras.
This lever should be raised (forward travel limited),
except when using a Vario-Switar zoom lens (see below).
To lift this lever, depress the trigger half way, push
the lever upwards, then let go of the trigger.
Adjusting the end-of-movement
If it is found difficult or impossible to achieve
continuous running with the camera by depressing the hand
grip trigger, the travel of the release can be increased.
This travel is in fact limited by an adjustable stop (p)
locked by the screw (r), (fig. 4). Loosen this screw and
adjust the stop:-
- by unscrewing, to increase the release
- by tightening, to limit it.
When the correct adjustment is achieved, lock the
Adjusting the grip
Adjusting the strap
The length of the strap can be adjusted. For left hand
use the strap can be moved simply to the other side.
- Remove the screw (n)
- Undo the two small screw (o), lift off the
U-shaped fixing device and replace it on the other
- Replace and tighten the screws.
36 or 86 zoom lenses
The special connecting cable (code DEVAR) is
- Move the lever (m) down to obtain maximum forward
travel of the release.
- First, screw the end of the connecting cable into
the threaded hole in the pre-selection device on the
- Then screw the other end into the hand grip (fig.
5), keeping a finger on the release. The length of the
cable is correctly adjusted when there is absolutely
no play and when the slightest pressure on the hand
grip trigger moves the pre-selection plunger of the
- To check that the pre-selection device is
functioning properly, fully depress the trigger and
make sure the diaphragm of the lens closes to its
correct setting at the moment the camera starts.
- Lock the connecting cable by tightening up the
screw (s), (fig. 5).
N.B. If the cable is correctly adjusted, it will be
impossible to engage the camera continuous running
position from the hand grip, even if the lever (l) is
turned forward. This is quite normal. The Vario-Switar 36
and 86 are constructed in such a way that the movement of
the control cable of the diaphragm pre-selection is
limited. Don't use force. Simply turn the lever (l)
Vario-Switar 36EE or 86EE zoom lenses
Proceed as described above for the Vario-Switar 36 or
86. The cable is correctly adjusted when there is roughly
1 mm. play between the movement of the hand grip release
and that of the pre-selection plunger in the lens. Check
the correct finctioning of the diaphragm pre-selection
device in the same way as described above for the
Vario-Switar 36 or 86.
N.B. If the cable is correctly adjusted, the lever (l)
can be turned freely and dissolves can be made with the
RX-fader (Rexofader). For a fade out, however, the
function of the pre-selection device of the lens makes it
necessary to take the following precaution: after fully
depressing the hand grip trigger until the camera release
locks in the continuous running position, remove the
operating finger instantly, so that the pre-selection
device has no time to operate. The diaphragm aperture
will not change and the control lever of the RX-fader
(Rexofader) can be operated to gradually close the
shutter and bring the camera mechanism to a stop.
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