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Old October 13th, 2008, 09:25 PM   #16
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The best zoom is your feet! Use primes and rails! :)
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Old October 14th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #17
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The best zoom is your feet! Use primes and rails! :)" yeah!

who says you can't slide the mattebox forward and back along the rails

No seriously I want "panavionish" when I've got a whole crew and set of lights.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 11:45 PM   #18
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who says you can't slide the mattebox forward and back along the rails
Well me for one... :) Just kidding... Really, you can do whatever you like, but I've been shooting video on an SLR for while now using zoom lenses and tried a rail mounted mattebox for a while... huge pain in the ass. Unless you have a non-extending zoom (all mine do) it's way more trouble than it's worth, just so you can look like a "filmmaker"... If what you look like is more important than practicality, ditch the zoom and use prime lenses. If you want to keep the zooms, ditch the rails and get a lens mounted mattebox/filter holder.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #19
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Sure, some zooms don't change, but the majority do, and so do many expensive ones as well. Is anyone really going to sell off their zooms just so they can use a rail mounted matte box?

In Canon, the 24-70 and both 70-200 do not change size. These are not expensive lenses compared to better HDV choices.

That's a nice two lens kit similar to what better camcorders use (in quality) for a whole lot less money. Throw in a 1.4 TC for more reach.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #20
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In Canon, the 24-70 and both 70-200 do not change size. These are not expensive lenses compared to better HDV choices.

That's a nice two lens kit similar to what better camcorders use (in quality) for a whole lot less money. Throw in a 1.4 TC for more reach.
I like that combo and agree with you, but my point is...

If you have quality lenses that do move, why sell them and switch just so you can use a rail mounted mattebox in order to impress people or have the coolest looking 5D on DVinfo??

Also, if you are buying new lenses for a kit, it would be silly to limit yourself to non-moving zooms just so you can use rails.
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Old October 19th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #21
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well for me the most important factor is in a lens is parafocal-ness. In other words it holds focus through out the zoom range.

Any way I think most of us would be fine with a clip on matte box.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 01:30 PM   #22
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Well, if your goal is to make it look more like a "movie camera" that's one thing, but I'm thinking something like the Cokin Creative System would work well: COKIN Creative System - Filters A/P/Z/X - Accessories



Definitely an option, something like VocAlign (Synchro Arts - VocALign) should be able to sync it automatically.

I've used the cokins with my mini35 and nikon lenses... works pretty well AND REALLY CHEAP!
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