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Old September 6th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #1
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Remote Lens Control on the PDW-EX1

Many thanks to Tim Polster for pointing this out.

This is a screen cap from the EX1 camera rotation located at:
http://assets.sonybiz.net/Flash/XDCA..._ex/index.html

See attached photo (click to see it big).
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Old September 6th, 2007, 10:50 AM   #2
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By the way that is NOT the standard 8-pin connector commonly used for Fujinon broadcast video lenses.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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Personally I think the image is too dark and low res to make that call just yet.

I will agree though that this connection does not seem to stick out of the chassis like the 8pins connectors stick out of lens.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #4
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Upon looking at a fuji lens I have, I believe Chris is correct, this is not a normal 8 pin connection.

The connector on my fuji lens here has 7 holes in a circle with one hole in the center.

The photo of the XDCAM EX has 8 holes in a circle.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #5
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Your right, this puts the nail in the coffin it is a standard 8 pin connector.

On ya Sony, Not 8 pin or standard LANC..
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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I wouldn't worry... they wouldn't go this route if it didn't add something of benefit to the existing grand scheme of remotes.
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It controls Zoom and start/stop. No option for remote focus as yet.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #8
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Personally I think the image is too dark and low res to make that call just yet.
Then try this one.

I think I'm counting eight pins, but I still don't believe it's the standard 8-pin connector found on all Fujinon and Canon broadcast video lenses (almost all; Fuji used a 12-pin connector for awhile). For one thing, the standard 8-pin connector screws on, and I don't see any threads here. It looks like a simple friction push jack. We'll know more pretty soon of course, but my bet is that this is a proprietary connector.
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Oops, I missed several replies above... ultimately, proprietary or not, I'm just glad it's there!
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Especially if it lists at the rumoured $6k. They most will have a virtual $2K to buy accessories like batteries, WA lens adaptors and zoom controllers ;-)
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Oops, I missed several replies above... ultimately, proprietary or not, I'm just glad it's there!
If it's proprietary, it may as well be for some new "concentrator" dongle by Sony, allowing connection of a lanc and/or the Fujinon zoom controller...

I'm dreaming:)
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Here's a better shot of the remote socket :
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 01:41 PM   #13
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Let's hope for a dongle we can adapt for using our existing Fujinon zoom lense controllers....
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Let's hope for a dongle we can adapt for using our existing Fujinon zoom lense controllers....
This is certainly viable - this pic (courtesy of BEIKS, the biggest Polish pro video reseller) from IBC shows it exactly. Look how big is the thingy, connecting the adaptor with standard 8-pin Fujinon zoom controller!
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The Libec controllers, for example, will work with it, and apparently they will supply an adaptor. The issue isn't very complicated, apparently.
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