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Old April 11th, 2006, 10:38 AM   #1
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must have accessories FX1/Z1U

Hello all, I'm going to be using an FX1 or Z1U for the first time in the near future. I have all the support equipment I need (lights, tripods, etc.) but I don't know much about on-camera accessories (mattebox, shoulder brace, etc.) for these cameras. Could anyone give me a few recommendations on helpful or "must have" items to go on the camera. I've checked the archive and a .6x or .7x WA adapter sounds very helpful. Does anyone have a favorite brand (Century and 16x9 Inc models appear to be recommended)? Is the lens prone to flare? Are there any filters you find yourself using consistently?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 12:27 PM   #2
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Hello all, I'm going to be using an FX1 or Z1U for the first time in the near future. I have all the support equipment I need (lights, tripods, etc.) but I don't know much about on-camera accessories (mattebox, shoulder brace, etc.) for these cameras. Could anyone give me a few recommendations on helpful or "must have" items to go on the camera. I've checked the archive and a .6x or .7x WA adapter sounds very helpful. Does anyone have a favorite brand (Century and 16x9 Inc models appear to be recommended)? Is the lens prone to flare? Are there any filters you find yourself using consistently?

Thanks for any advice.
You didn't mention what you were shooting and you didn't mention sound equipment. If you go FX1, you will want to consider XLR adapter for pro level mics. And your on board mics will not really be that great for critical work, so you will need to consider pro level mics.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 01:31 PM   #3
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Sorry I should have made that clear, the audio gear is set too. I'm more wondering about on-camera gear people find useful for very general production - doc-style shooting, occasional corporate gig, and some commerical (not necessarily narrative, as the project would demand specific tools). I need to know about things like a alternative system for holding the camera (like a spider brace), the necessity of a matte box (flares are great, but most of my paying clients don't want them), or maybe zoom/focus controllers. I'm coming from a film BG, and just want to be sure I have what I need when this camera gets in my hands.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 04:16 PM   #4
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