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Old May 12th, 2007, 03:09 AM   #1
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I tried contacting Brevis but no response from them. What exactly do I need to get in order to start shooting? Any fello FX1ers here to advise? Thanks!
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Old May 12th, 2007, 05:42 AM   #2
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Hi Sean,

http://www.cinevate.com/catalog

You need to buy Brevis HD Imaging Bundle first. There are the imaging adapter, charger, 72mm achromat and the imaging element in this set. When it comes to the imaging element, you should choose CF1L for optimal performance. It's a new product and it lowers the vignetting when you use big lenses.

Then you will select the lens mount. (Ex. If you want to use Nikon lenses, you'll choose Nikon lens mount.) I'm using Nikon primes and I think they are very good.

Brevis HD Imaging Bundle and a lens will be enough for you to use it with a Sony FX1.

For more information and lens suggestions, you can check out Cinevate forum, on http://www.cinevate.com/phpBB2.

Good Luck ;)
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Old May 12th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #3
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I know there was some talk of needing a small spacer they sell at Cinevate, do allow a bit better zoom focus capability. I am shooting the FX1 but with a Letus. It is very similar to Brevis, and I actually have the Cinevate achromat that comes with the package, and I am guessing one of the extension tubes will help get inside any vignetting. They sell fairly cheap at Cinevate, so you may want to consider.
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Old May 13th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.. I'll work with the HD bundle first.. no budget for the rest!
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:02 AM   #5
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I tried contacting Brevis but no response from them. What exactly do I need to get in order to start shooting? Any fello FX1ers here to advise? Thanks!
I emailed them last week, and have not heard a response from them either. If this is how they treat potential new customers, I'm very weary of dealing with them in the future. How reliable a company is this?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:51 AM   #6
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If you want a faster response from Dennis Wood at Cinevate, sign up for the message board and send him a PM. There's also a lot of information already on the message board. In the near future, there will be a person dedicated to communications.

From my experience, they're 100% reliable. The adaptability is one of the features that sold me - you can change the mount and the imaging element. Existing customers get discounts on new products & upgrades. Repairs are VERY fast (within a week). And, no, I don't work for Cinevate. ;)
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Old May 14th, 2007, 10:34 AM   #7
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If you want a faster response from Dennis Wood at Cinevate, sign up for the message board and send him a PM. There's also a lot of information already on the message board. In the near future, there will be a person dedicated to communications.

From my experience, they're 100% reliable. The adaptability is one of the features that sold me - you can change the mount and the imaging element. Existing customers get discounts on new products & upgrades. Repairs are VERY fast (within a week). And, no, I don't work for Cinevate. ;)
I concur. Dennis is enormously busy working on designs for newer products, and I've never had an issue with him delivering on a product or not getting back to me.
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Old May 18th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #8
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ok, he got back to me n I took the plunge already!
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Old May 31st, 2007, 03:34 PM   #9
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you'll have a great time with the FX and a 35mm adapter. It's amazing how an adapter can take the Sony cameras known for their very "video" image and turn it into beautiful film look - here's a clip with the Z1 by a film student in argentina that I'm just amazed by how filmic it looks.

http://www.redrockmicro.com/footage/Z1U/quiroga.mov

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Old May 31st, 2007, 10:28 PM   #10
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Guys, thanks for pitching in to help :-) Sean, as you have your adapter already, you've probably already established this...but the FX1 and ZR1 are happiest when our 72mm spacer ring is used. This gives you the extra zoom flexibility required with these two cameras. With the V1U, it's not required.

Until we bring in some experienced and professional help on the front end (days away if all goes well!), we're focussing on providing timely support via our forum and it's very reliable messaging system.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 02:15 PM   #11
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Brian,

I have to say that is one fine looking fine with the M2. Excellent job.
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