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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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Which mattebox do you have for your XL H1?

I'm going to buy me a mattebox, with follow focus (if I can afford, why does matteboxes cost like a better prosumer HDV camera?). Do you have any suggestions or experience in the mattebox business?
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:16 PM   #2
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I've got this system on order for my XLH1

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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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Ah yes, the Chrosziel. Top of the line. Can't wait to hear how you much like that thing when you get it.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:34 PM   #4
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Impressive! But why on earth does this Chrosziel-seup cost almost half again as much as the camcorder? It's really not all that sophisticated, right? Are there any more economical solutions that work well? Any insights would be appreciated!
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:34 PM   #5
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I know, I've got so many filters I can't use right now, ND Grad, promist, NDs...it's back ordered. I think they are expecting to get them in around October of 2010

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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:35 PM   #6
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I don't know where you are getting your prices from but there is a package deal you can get for around $1500 from B&H or ZGC
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:37 PM   #7
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$1500 sounds about right for a Chrosziel kit.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:43 PM   #8
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I don't know where you are getting your prices from but there is a package deal you can get for around $1500 from B&H or ZGC
Then that's without supports and follow-focus, right? I mean it can't cost more than a few hundred bucks to make this stuff. Obscene pricing, IMO.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #9
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No, that's the whole deal including follow focus and support rods.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #10
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I bought my iris rods, baseplate, Chrosziel matte box, side flags and follow focus unit from Birns & Sawyer in downtown Hollywood.

I love it. It's well built. Two stage. And it makes the rig look quite sexy.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #11
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Chrosziel Matte Box

We have the Chrosziel Matte Box and Follow Focus rig and recommend it highly. Once you assemble it onto the H1, a simple turn of 2 levers at the base of the rods and you pull the whole assembled MatteBox & Follow-Focus rig off the camera for storage/travel/or change of lenses/adapters/converters.

It is just as simple to reinstall the MatteBox/Follow Focus - takes 10 secs.

I compare this to our Century brand MatteBoxes for DSR cameras which require partial disassembly and more time to R&R on the camera. Both the Century and the Chrosziel are well made - just that the Chrosziel is easier to work with.

PS - we had to wait a couple weeks for the Chrosziel after ordering at NAB.
You might try Band Pro in LA for stock...

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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:46 PM   #12
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I don't know whether it's cool to post a link but here is what I'm talking about:

http://www.zgc.com/zgc.nsf/c7a682995...2570C900669A0F
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:46 PM   #13
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No, that's the whole deal including follow focus and support rods.
Then what's included in the B&H kit for $ 3,099.95 here?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

No details available, unfortunately, and Chrosziel doesn't list this P/N at their site, either...
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:49 PM   #14
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I don't know whether it's cool to post a link but here is what I'm talking about:

http://www.zgc.com/zgc.nsf/c7a682995...2570C900669A0F
That's pretty much my rig. I was very happy with it. The follow focus was better suited for the 16x manual lens than the 20x or 3x. But my AC said he still preferred to use the follow focus on the 20x because he didn't want to put his hands too much on the camera during a shot (particularly dolly shots).
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 04:51 PM   #15
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Then what's included in the B&H kit for $ 3,099.95 here?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

No details available, unfortunately, and Chrosziel doesn't list this P/N at their site, either...
Considering the price I would assume the kit comes with the matte box, flags, adapter ring and follow focus unit. Not sure about the base plate and iris rods.
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