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Old March 5th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #16
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I am new to the 35mm adaptors, so please forgive my ignorance. What is the best combination of the "Additional Lens Mount / Lens Mount" option when ordering the Letus35 Extreme Cine Bundle, if I'd like to follow Steve Cahill's advice and use the Zeiss lenses? I guess it should be the Nicon AI Locking, but am unsure about it. Also, when is e.g. the 30+15 cm complete system better than the 45 cm complete system, if I want to keep as simple and lightweigh (and cheap) as possible?

Last but not least: what is the best source (in EU) of the lenses a beginner should start with, and which exactly lense models (e.g. Nikon) would you recommend ?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 06:52 AM   #17
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30 plus 15 gives you more flexibility.

nikon lenses, second hand are plentiful on ebay. If you are new to 35mm adaptors don't spend a fortune just yet on zeiss lenses. They are great but some of the old nikon lenses are great and very cheap
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Old March 5th, 2008, 06:55 AM   #18
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30 plus 15 gives you more flexibility.

nikon lenses, second hand are plentiful on ebay. If you are new to 35mm adaptors don't spend a fortune just yet on zeiss lenses. They are great but some of the old nikon lenses are great and very cheap
Thanks Phil; you're right that for a beginner price is an important factor. What specific lense models would you advise to start with?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 06:58 AM   #19
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as fast as possible...28mm f1.8 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 are good starting points. Make sure they are all manual focus second hand lenses. All clean optics etc...The old Nikons are actually better made than the new ones. I have a couple of 40 year old lenses which are lovely!
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Old March 5th, 2008, 08:21 AM   #20
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Phil... forgive my ignorance, but I'm speaking for many people out there who are beginners. I understand what we're looking for is a fast, NOT AF, FIXED ZOOM lens, right? Would this fix the Letus Extreme, then:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Nikon-Nikkor-5...QQcmdZViewItem

There is many of lenses in the offer... G series, D series, AIS... I am lost!
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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:42 AM   #21
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Are you using the Sony EX1 Kit? What does that do exactly?
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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:24 AM   #22
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I bought a Canon FD 50mm f1.4 and a Canon FD 24mm f2 for my Letus Extreme.. Only real reason for Canon was because I come from a stills background and have used Canon my whole life... Also Canon and Nikon focus in opposite directions and Im familiar with the way that Canon focuses...
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Old March 6th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #23
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... Also Canon and Nikon focus in opposite directions and Im familiar with the way that Canon focuses...
This is actually quite important... Which one focuses in the same direction as the EX1 own lense?
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This is actually quite important... Which one focuses in the same direction as the EX1 own lense?
Canon is the same as the EX1...
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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:01 AM   #25
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the ex1 kit for the extreme makes edge to edge sharpness perfect and almost completes reduces vignetting meaning you can actually zoom out quite wide on the GG
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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:07 AM   #26
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Phil,

If you have some examples ready, could you please post grabs of the same (or similar) scenes, taken with 28, 50 and 85mm lenses on the Letus Extreme? It'd be of great value to everyone new to 35mm adaptors, trying to make their minds on what to buy...

If you don't have them handy, of course I'm not asking for spending your precious time to prepare them - but perhaps some verbal description of the most typical use of each of them?

... TIA!
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not for some time. This doco is 15 hours a day/ night and wont be back in UK for almost two weeks.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:21 AM   #28
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not for some time. This doco is 15 hours a day/ night and wont be back in UK for almost two weeks.
Sure thing, Phil... But please remember about my kind request when (or if?) you have some time to spare.

Looking forward to some more stuff posted from your current project!
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please remind me and i promise to do it
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Old March 6th, 2008, 06:27 AM   #30
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Thanks, Phil - never met an outstanding individual like you, still willing to help such naive newbees like myself :)
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