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Bell & Howell Slide Cubes

John Olszewski , Aug 31, 1998; 11:22 a.m.

I have been searching for some supplies for an old slide projector. The product in question is an old Bell & Howell slide projector, specifically, model AF-70. This projector is an auto-focus model that used small cubes to hold the slides for projection. Each cube held about 40 slides. The slides dropped out of the cube on to a carousel that subsequently rotated around to the display lamp in order to project the slide. My father has quite a collection of the small cubes, as he purchased many empty cubes when they were readily available, and uses them to store his slides as well. But that was many years ago, and since then, the cubes have clearly disappeared from the marketplace.

I have looked high and low to find some spare empty cubes, but I have been unable to locate them anywhere that I have looked. Does anybody know a place that sells them, or perhaps a 3rd party manufacturer that might produce them? Any help you could provide me with would be great.....

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Danny Weber , Aug 31, 1998; 11:52 a.m.

B&H (no relation to Bell & Howell) has them listed in their catalog. 1-800-947-7785.

Gratuitous editorial: We tried this system when it first came out, because the storage is extremely compact compared to the Carousel trays. The projector has a terrible optical system, overheats the slides, curls cardboard mount and jams on plastic mounts. We quickly switched back to Kodak.

Ken Katz , Aug 31, 1998; 01:37 p.m.

I received this list by E-mail from Bell & Howell Corp:

Central Camera, Chicago, IL, 800/421-1899 or 312/427-5580 International Cinema, Miami, Florida, 305/573-7339 Island Camera, Farmingdale, NY, 516/293-8910 Midwest Visual, Chicago, IL, 773/478-1250 (repairs only) Solar Cine Products, Chicago, IL, 800/621-8796 (slide trays only) United Camera & Binocular, Bensenville, IL, 630/595-2525 (repairs only) U.T. Photo, Burbank, CA, 213/245-6631

I bought a case of 16 cubes, by mail order, from the Farmingdale store for about $35 including shipping.

Hope this helps!

John Olszewski , Aug 31, 1998; 01:55 p.m.

Thanks for the quick replies folks...I figured B&H would probably be the answer (as they are for a lot of obscure stuff!), but someone borrowed my catalog, so I couldn't look it up at the moment.

The projector was free (from a relative who no longer needed it), so until I get something better/new, this will have to do. I agree that the optics are questionable...I haven't had much of a problem at all with jamming slides, but the heat thing does concern me. I'll have to check that out further....

John

William Baguhn , Dec 25, 1998; 10:30 p.m.

Kalt seems to make these as well; they go for about $30 for a pack of 16 locally (Madison, WI).

Bruno Staab , Aug 13, 2001; 06:56 p.m.

I have an extensive collection of family slides in the B and H cubes but unfortunately lost the projector in a fire. I am now desparate to find a Bell and Howell cube projector as it is very important to my family. If anyone has any info on auction sites or a manufacturer that may have one I would be grateful.

Mike Klemmer , Mar 04, 2002; 01:21 p.m.

This may come a little late, but I can tell you that there are lots and lots of the projectors, cubes, and misc. parts for sale on Ebay at any given time. Keep your eyes open.

What I'm curious about, is of all the different Bell & Howell model projectors, which model is the best? I remember my dad's frustration when I was a kid of having it jam up all of the time and subsequently getting the slides out of order. He also went through a quite a few lamps for it. Are the later models better than the early ones?

Glen Johnson , Mar 04, 2002; 03:42 p.m.

The jamming and slide mangling was pretty much standard with the cube projectors. For 35mm its awful hard to beat the gravity feed of the Kodak Carousel. Even Zeiss used this method of transport for the Hasselblad PCP80. Rather than buy more cubes on eBay, you might want to just go ahead and pick up an Ektagraphic projector and switch over to 80 slide carousels. The 140 slide carousels are more prone to feeding problems, but even the 140 carousels are generally more reliable than the cubes.

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