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Old March 9th, 2009, 04:35 PM   #16
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I wasn't talking about capturing a Hollywood motion picture. If I had that kind of control, I'd have no trouble shooting with an adaptor and prime lenses.

I'm talking about being stuck in the back of a room, all alone, having to capture an event happening in the same room. Clients ask us to do this all the time. It may be a quarterly meeting, they may have a guest speaker, etc.... But I need to be able to quickly zoom in to get a head shot and then zoom all the way back out to get a wide shot of the whole room if necessary, all without stopping.

So yes, you're correct, but I'm also correct when it comes to certain types of event videography. :)
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Old March 9th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #17
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Mitchell - if you are stuck in the situation you describe, why are you using a letus? keeping the rig on a tripod won't help with zooming. If it was handheld you could move forward. But there are problems associated with shooting a letus handheld -

which brings us neatly back to the original question: "Is it practical to shoot handheld with a Letus adaptor?"

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Old March 9th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #18
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Sorry for the thread hijack Arif.

Pete: I'm not "stuck in that situation", that's just an example of a situation that I have work in a few times a year. The rest of the time (when I have more control of the environment I'm shooting in) I use the Letus. I LOVE how you can get shallow DOF in small rooms. Very useful. I love it. In fact I can't wait for them to release their relay lens for the EX3. Phil Bloom says you'll gain almost 2 stops. That makes it VERY useful for me. :)
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Old March 24th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #19
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Hey Arif,
I've been struggling for about 3 months trying to develop a working setup for HH with the EX1 and the Letus - and I just figured out how to do it.

My setup is predicated on two things: you have the RR shoulder mount and all it's little attachment gizmos, you have the Letus rails kit and you have a lcd finder unit (like the hood pro etc. I made my own.) where you can place your eye close to the LCD to view the image.

Wait...that's three things. Oh, well.

If you're interested I can send you some pics of my setup. What others have said here is true: it's no other way than heavy but with a counter balance it's very workable. (I'm shooting a 90% hand held movie in May with it so I guess it better be). And shooting in less than controlled, non repeatable conditions like somebody's wedding, well that would scare me.
Anyway, if you're interested...
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