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Old March 8th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #1
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Alternatives to Chrosziel Mattebox/Follow Focus

I'm sure this stuff is lovely gear, but holy hell $3200!? Any suggestions for economical alternatives that aren't complete hacks? Thanks!

Nice, but scary:
http://www.zgc.com/zgc.nsf/product/4C5EC966F92E42BA85256FB6007344FC
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Old March 8th, 2005, 03:31 PM   #2
 
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I'm using Cavision hardware on my XL2. I'm sure Cavision can be adapted to work with the Sony.
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Old March 8th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #3
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Yea, i think I am going to go with Cavision as well. I want a rod mounted mattebox that will not vignette when all the way wide, and Cavision is the solution thus far.

Mattebox is only $400 bucks
Rod kit is only $150 bucks

All done.

A follow focus can be added to the rod kit above

Follow Focus is only $800 bucks

That makes a complete focus pulling, rotatable 4x4 filtering, no light flaring, lens protecting, movie making solution for about $1400 bucks.

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Old March 8th, 2005, 06:02 PM   #4
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>That makes a complete focus pulling, rotatable 4x4 filtering, no light flaring,
>lens protecting, movie making solution for about $1400 bucks.
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Sold! You shouldn't be making movies, man, you should be in sales. ;)

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Old March 8th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #5
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I wish someone would hurry up and get the Cavision.

I want to see how it looks/works before I go for it.

Rod kit too please. :)
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Old March 9th, 2005, 10:29 AM   #6
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Bryan, Cavision has pictures here:

http://www.cavision.com/SonyHDRFX1.htm
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Old March 21st, 2005, 05:54 PM   #7
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Hey , anyone seen the JBK Cinequipt stuff ? Looks pretty nice - the rails and follow focus is $1300 + mattebox kicks it up to $2200 but I think it's better gear than cavision( I don't like their bellows mattebox - maybe the 3x3 would be better ) - although more expensive , but less than the aforementioned. Kurth
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 04:31 PM   #8
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I havent seen it, but isn't it equal or even more expensive, than chrosziel ?

And the reason for this thread is about cheap alternatives, I guess.
At this price you'll get the Chrosziel. I only have the chrosziel mattebox with rods, as I really don't see the need for a followfocus here and I must say that it improves the overall look of the z1 very much. And the quality is excellent.

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Old March 22nd, 2005, 07:06 PM   #9
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No it's halfway between( - the chrosziel goes for about a grand more i believe ) - the cavision and chrosziel- however it' s handcrafted - Wilt said somewhere it's very well handcrafted - I like the mattebax the JBK has alot more than the cavision- the cavision is made in china - however i have 0% handson with any of the systems - it just hasn't been mentioned as an alternative between the two- kurth
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