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Old October 19th, 2007, 12:01 PM   #31
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This one's a great set from ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/HARD-CASE-W-WHEE...QQcmdZViewItem

I'm currently using it and it's got a nice solid feel and very light construction. Looks very professional. Comes with dividers, precut foam, key locks, & extra cushions.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 09:23 AM   #32
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David, you are so organized, it's sickening :)

How do you like those Zeiss lenses...looks like all that is worth a pretty penny. Where did you buy?


Hi Steve, Most of my Zeiss lenses were purchased on ebay before the red camera was released. Now that the red is starting to ship, the prices on great glass have started going through the roof. A set of old cinema standard speed Zeiss primes with PL mounts that used to cost $5K now goes for $22K.
High quality Russian Lomo lenses with the Oct-19 mount are sky high as well.
The prices on good Canon and Nikon lenses have started to climb as well with folks starting to use the 35mm DOF adapters.
I consider the Zeiss lenses I use to be 1 step down from professional cinema lenses, which is just fine with me. Their build quality is great, and their optical performance is fantastic. For those of you with Flame on your mind, I'm not posting this to get into a Zeiss is better lens war, as I own lenses from other manufactures as well.
But I will say, all things being equal, where the DV or HDV format is the equal playing field, using the best glass you can afford is more important then ever.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #33
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Thanks David....what is the major difference between the Zeiss and, say, a Nikon 35mm adapter to your eye? (I'm not interested in a technical explanation). Is there better bokeh because of the blade structure? Better edge to edge sharpness? Better contrast, etc.?
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Old October 20th, 2007, 09:27 AM   #34
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This one's a great set from ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/HARD-CASE-W-WHEE...QQcmdZViewItem

I'm currently using it and it's got a nice solid feel and very light construction. Looks very professional. Comes with dividers, precut foam, key locks, & extra cushions.

Looks to be a nice economical case, but does not appear to be water proof.
Which may, or may not be important to someone.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 09:49 AM   #35
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Thanks David....what is the major difference between the Zeiss and, say, a Nikon 35mm adapter to your eye? (I'm not interested in a technical explanation). Is there better bokeh because of the blade structure? Better edge to edge sharpness? Better contrast, etc.?
You kind of nailed it with your question, all of the above!
I just happen to like the Zeiss Bokeh a little better than Nikon's for the equivalent lenses, and there does not seem to be any color shift from lens to lens.
The other thing I like about the Contax Zeiss lenses over Nikons is, they focus in the same direction as professional cinema lenses, where Nikons focus backwards. If I had a Willytec follow focus it wouldn't be a problem for me, but I don't, so...
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