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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #1
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Angenieux zoom servo unit

ENG servo units for PL optics seem to be the in thing. This is Angenieux version for their Optimo zooms.

http://www.angenieux.com/file/datash...ervo-unit4.pdf
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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Re: Angenieux zoom servo unit

Very cool, even if it is only limited to specific lenses.

I'm really hoping that the HandiZoom goes beyond the prototype phase & works with more cameras outside of the 5D mark II.

A universal servo that works with nearly any lens & camera would be fantastic.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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Re: Angenieux zoom servo unit

Well... the HandiZoom is basically like a motorized follow-focus in that it sits on rails and interfaces with the gearing via ring or the existing gears, so I suspect any lens which can have a zoom assist added should work with the HZ.

The only thing that makes it DSLR-specific is the usb rec start, which I assume would be trivial to replace with a Canon/Fuji connector assuming the chipset will support those protocols; in which case the the HandiZoom could ship with a custom connecter that has interchangeable heads for interfacing with different types of cams and a switch to select the control type.
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