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Old July 16th, 2004, 08:07 PM   #1
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I have a pd-170 and I was checking out BH's sunshade/filter holder that holds two 4x4s by century optics. Will this fit my prime lens as well as my century optics attachments?

If I choose to get another camera down the road, can I use this sunshade/filter holder for that?

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Old July 16th, 2004, 08:35 PM   #2
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Actually I was just wondering if there is some huge matte box that can make my DSR-250, which has the same shade attachment mechanism as the VX2100/PD1700, look "impressive"?

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Old July 16th, 2004, 09:14 PM   #3
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You might look into the lens hoods and matteboxes from Cavision. I have no personal experience, but read generally good things about them and they are reaonably priced.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 03:18 PM   #4
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I don't know why someone keeps pushing these matte box questions off into the separate camera forums. A matte box is NOT CAMERA SPECIFIC.

Any way here's a link to a post i did . It took several hours to research it and all of the opinion is from first hand experience with the pieces. I'm in the process of updating it . Thw cavision design keeps getting better as does the quality.

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Old July 19th, 2004, 01:33 PM   #5
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It seems camera specific when I want to find a matte box/sunshade that will work particularily well with the PD-170. When you want to find out that information it seems best to go to the people you use the camera. Thanks for the comment though.

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Old July 19th, 2004, 02:35 PM   #6
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Michael, your post is entirely OK in terms of content and location.

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Old July 29th, 2004, 08:15 AM   #7
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I'm assuming you're referring to the century sunshade. Well, i have one of those. You need a step-up ring to fit directly on the pd. This is sold separately. It fits directly onto a wide angle adaptor like the Canon WD58.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 12:55 PM   #8
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Kevin,

Are you happy with this sunshade?
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Old July 29th, 2004, 01:04 PM   #9
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Its a tight fit on the century 16x9 anarmophic adaptor (which i have) and this is a hassle esp. when you have to align the adaptor properly.

I would have liked a cover or cap for it - using a black foam-core board at the moment. Have 2 4x4filters that i use with it at times.

Don't know how compatible it will be if i upgrade to another camera in future. But for now it seems to do the trick.

Looks good too.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 02:50 PM   #10
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Kevin,

This is slightly off topic, but how do you like the 16:9 lens? I've heard conflicting stories about it. Whats your view?
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Old July 29th, 2004, 02:53 PM   #11
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Kevin,

I have the same question about using it with an upgrade camera. I'm looking into though. It would be nice to rig some type of custom french flags, I think you'd have to do some drilling though.

Thanks for the reply,

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Old July 29th, 2004, 09:01 PM   #12
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Well, as you probably know the lens is not a full zoom-thru. Focus is an issue at the extreme ends.

If all you had was a pd1550 and another camera similar and you want to get better 16x9. Then it's a good additional tool if you can afford it. But, it's only best used if you have time to set up your shots and have a decent sized and good resolution viewing monitor. I would not reccomend it for run and gun shoots where shots may be unpredictable and time is not exactly in your control.

I was initially going to shoot my little flick with only the pd150 with the 16X9 adaptor but decided to rent the 570WS as A-Cam instead. My flick was shot docu-style run and gun and the tests we did warranted me being safe then sorry. There is a big difference in image resolution between shots from a native 16x9 cam and those from the adaptor. All in all, we probably used just 5% footage from the pd150/16x9 adaptor in the final edit.

But having said all that, i don't have the money to invest in a camera like the 570 so currently the 16x9 adaptor is the next best thing. I might upgrade to the XL2, which supposedly shoots great 16x9 natively, when it comes out next month and user feedback is good.
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Old July 30th, 2004, 09:09 PM   #13
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"Actually I was just wondering if there is some huge matte box that can make my DSR-250, which has the same shade attachment mechanism as the VX2100/PD1700, look "impressive"?"


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im looking for the same:-) a nice big lens hood.

ive seen some on the cavision site but they look too big? which hood would i need to get for a DSR250?

i have a cavision wideangle lens with a lenshood and a really like the feel of that bigger hood. but i cant use it without the wide angle. could someone suggest a good plcae to just get a bigger lens hood for the 250

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oh, and this is my first post , so hello:-) ...allthough ive been reading the topics for about a year:-)
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