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Old December 1st, 2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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Good Matte/Filter box for FX1?

I want to be able to slide filters into a decent matte box for the FX1...anyone have sources of such matte box for the FX1?
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Old December 20th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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Well, it looks like I may have to sort through a multitude of responses, lol.

I have found one from the ProAim guys that is held via a twin rail system, so the question remains is should I get a fixed one or one that swings away. Several hundred cost difference.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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I purchased a Genus with rails for my Z5. I really only use it for outside shooting but what a huge asset. I would recommend getting the rails. I leave them on all the time and it sometimes helps when hand holding for balance. I also purchased a Schneider Optics bundle. They came with 5 filters and are really a great starter pack. If you do a search on the Z5 forum, I posted some pictures there a while back.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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Matt Box Don't Get

I purchased the Cavision Matt Box and I found out you get what you pay for. Please don't purchase anything for your Z1U from Cavision.

The block that holds the rods in place to the bottom of the camera is really poorly made and designed. I'm lucky, in that my dad was a professional mechanic and I also owned my own sprint cars and usac midgets. So this experience gives me the ability to fabricate some things.

I finally fabricated a new piece to give it support on the back side of the mount. If you don't, the allen screw will work itself loose and then you will over tighten to the point where you will strip the threads.

I ended up retapping the block piece and putting in a 1/4 US thread bolt with a lock washer. But to really fix it I made an aluminum block to ensure that the back side would be secure and not come out of adjustment.

If any of you purchased a Cavision matt box, let me know and I can post some pictures of what I did.

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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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I obtained a PromAim and tried to fit it to an FX1 as they claimed compatibility and it ends up making an excellent door stop.
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