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  1. andrew, forget about that paycheck argument, and any "proof" about being a pro cinematographer or not. you can not measure this way. i always worshipped your honest opinion, and an emotional outburst just proofs that there`s a human being behind all of this, that does not write reviews on his pocket calculator. admitting that you went a little over the top just underlines that. another big plus for you. the PR machinery has chewed up a lot of unbiased coverage these days and i never know wether all the praise was bought or is true. except on eoshd! for me the latest canon coverage was the final nail in that coffin, how can anyone with a sound mind write something positive about this thing? well, you probably can if you`ve been to hawaii... and what`s the use of that BM event (for us readers) without any attendee being allowed to shoot a single frame himself? what we as readers end up with is just a bunch of blog posts that basically read like the tec specs list of the camera, i could have gotten that info from BM`s website a lot easier... best, wondo
  2. andrew, i know you and the fact that they fear your honest opinion honors you. so don`t worry about not being invited etc.. and maybe rant a little less about it... i know an honest review if i see one and i`m pretty fed up with the "friendly" ones that come as a return favor. so please give less of a shit about what mediocre tv shooters that are on bm`s payroll say and keep up the good work! best, wondo
  3. ​sorry andrew, but now you`re really loosing it.... NOBODY needs that kind of "talent" on screen or in the industry. this is clearly a case where fame went to somebody`s head and made him think that he can get away with everything. now the bbc told him that this is not the case, bravo! best, wondo
  4. ​+1 you will need new lenses for 50mp. even medium format is on the edge at 50 mp... and this is a dslr. so there`s a high chance that buyers will fill up their hard drives in a breeze just to have higher resolving details in chromatic aberration and soft images, where`s the point in that?
  5. hey andrew, now look what you`ve done! you put an f35 in a list that is titled "DSLR! video quality rank".... now the forum explodes with questions about the c100, c300, fs7, and jcs even lectures about the f65!? brilliant! :-) best, wondo ... just googled f35 + odyssey q7..... very interesting.....
  6. hdmi now also goes out to the back... carbon fiber would be nice but i`m lacking the know how for that.
  7. well... let`s try sealing it with silicone and then wait how long it will run until it melts down :-) i think there is a portabrace cover/bag available that will do the trick with rain and also serves as a hood for better viewing... but it looks very complicated.. not my piece of cake. this cage has hdmi locks and is deep enough to cover the whole unit. you can now lay it on it`s back without resting it directly on the bnc ports. BUT it adds 260gr of weight, the raw cage was 600gr and i took away as much as possible.
  8. shogun cage prototype ready.... awaiting comments for next version. :-)
  9. ​just cleaned the screen and the bloody logos came off! :-) well... makes it easier to apply a screen protector. shogun cage almost ready, just need to reduce the weight... a bit like an iphone, first thing you have to do is buy a protective case... the brittle hdmi connection bothers me most... need to find better cables with better angles and flexibility.
  10. ​well... you know my problem... always looking for that little b-cam that can go seamlessly with an alexa, epic or f65... just a couple of frames here, a second there, uncomplicated and reasonably small, one step below an extra epic body from the rental house. by uncomplicated i mean that it should not be a nightmare to expose, with 500 different approaches for every setup, millions of menus to go through, and always haunted by that erie feeling that you forgot to set something way down in the menu jungle. i don`t want to spend every lunch break with the dit :-) shoots are stress and i have a million other things to care about, besides camera set ups, codecs, etc. on the last shoots the a7s worked quite well on car interiors etc. but looking at the setup now with the shogun attached this thing became quite a beast. and the hdmi cable that sticks out 10cm is an accident waiting to happen, especially when you`re not sitting under a tree doing a time lapse of a mushroom. as you can imagine, my cnc is already spinning up for the shogun cage/armour, it needs a proper hdmi safety and is much too weak for a tough shoot. will email you pictures... so for me a used 1dc is quite an attractive option, could use my 058w as a finder, not to mention the tons of L glass that sit on my shelf. but before i make that decision it would be good to know if it is only marginally better or a real advantage over the a7s. and andrew, one more thing, can`t you do a post about hdmi cables? i`ve been searching my ass off for decent ones, even bought the atomos cables (that don`t fit into the a7s cable safety, nor the movcam cage!) plus i never seem to find cables that have the right angle etc.. for the shogun for example the best cable for me would come with a 90 degree angle to the right and then go down directly to the camera. best, wondo
  11. so doug`s comments made you tick? :-) very eager to read about your findings... but please don`t make the same mistake and write everything in the 1dc`s favor just because it was so expensive! :-)
  12. hey andrew, picked mine up today as well... great monitor, interface, case, accessories, etc.. the one thing i`m not sure about is the build quality and the choice atomos made concerning the materials. i`d rather have spend a few € more for a decent aluminum body, i`m pretty sure that the shogun will wear out quiet fast on a hot set, especially the screen. from looking at it... this thing screams scratch! :-) best, wondo
  13. great! need to blow the dust off my 8X10 and start building.... first stop... ground glass without markings.. ?? and better fresnel...
  14. great job rich! been thinking about this since the first dof adaptors came out... next stop is 4X5" !! :-)
  15. andrew!   where are the night shots? and what happened to depth of field?? that stuff looks sharp from the front element to infinity!! sophisticated guess... no big nd`s available?? or nowhere to put them??
  16. andrew!   you can`t put "mass production" and "leica m" in the same line!! that`s a bit like "chuck norris" and "nobel prize" in one sentence.... :-)
  17. nice toy... but not really new...   gamechanger?  for 15000$ + remote focus / iris / zoom system $$ + wireless video $$ + remote operator + focus puller + arnold schwarzenegger to carry this around.... well...   all quadcopter gimbals are "inspired" by the flight head. and their own small version is available for some years now.   http://www.portocam.com   it`s just not small enough to carry it around by hand, but it takes on decent cameras.. and comes at a price...   BUT, quadcopter gimbals are available from dozens of sources, the electronics became smaller etc.. i think this is a good "inspiration" for something you can build on your own for a fraction of the price!
  18.   well i don`t think industrial designers are involved in any "cinema grade" camera development on the market. jim jannard`s intention on the epic was to make it look cool, but that guy never spend a day on set shooting.... and you see and feel that if you have to use his cameras.. alexa is a heavy shoebox with the display on the wrong side etc.. and sony just copied that design for the f5 + f55... but with the display on the right side this time!... the rest.. BOX do you really sit straight behind the camera on lens hight? then the bmcc monitor is placed there especially for you...   you can clearly see that mainboards are square on all these camera "designs" :-) so i don`t think that design plays a major role on the price.   11.5 stops bother me, the design flaws will be something you just have to live with..... as always....
  19. i think the 2mm plate really was a last minute change to the design, and makes it better and safer... they told us that they are very confident that things are on track now, and they`re probably beginning mass production as we speak. i slightly know how they must feel... it`s always a nightmare when a supplier call like this "the mill broke and the service guy told us that spare parts will be here in 4 weeks..." while you have customers writing emails every day about the whereabouts of their orders... in our case we never found a reliable cnc shop for the gh2 cage and had to let many people down. thank god we found the right place now for the blackmagic cage...
  20. kirk, everyone has the right to have an opinion, so are you. believe me, we`re always trying to get this to market at a reasonable price point. the nex7 cage, for example, was just too expensive to make because the wooden element was 100% hand carved.... so it will stay a prototype. anyways, i hope nobody already bought a cage from us or others because blackmagic just told us that the camera body will rise 2mm because they added a plate at the bottom of the camera for better ventilation... so we`ll have to adjust our cad`s a little... but because we`re producing in germany, almost around the corner, these changes will be implemented right away... as i said, this flexibility comes at a price...
  21. @richg101 zebrano handles are already available :-) we`re also thinking about a "send us the wood you like the most and we make your personal pair of handles for you" solution. [img]http://www.eoshd.com/comments/uploads/inline/15850/506ae5a2c14a0_20120822_162045.jpg[/img]
  22. calm down guys... :-) we OFFER this cage, nobody is forced to buy it... if you like to rip out the threads directly from your precious camera body.... go ahead. but honestly, we knew that this would only appeal to certain people.. first of all we build stuff that WE want to shoot with and this is the design both of us liked the most. and yes, i like my alpa a lot :-) this rig is 100% made in germany, the handles involve a big amount of hand finishing and, trust me, we don`t have chinese slaves doing that.. there`s always a cheaper solution, product, one for every given budget, so please go ahead, i totally understand that at this price point not everybody can afford this. top gear can, just sold the last two remaining gh2 cages to them :-) about the MFT mount version. this cage will be a pain in the ass if you want to shoot directly with MFT lenses! that`s for sure. but since the camera does not support iris or powered focus on these lenses, anything but your voightländer won`t work either.. we`re aiming here at people who use lens adapters. unlike the pl adapter that you stick directly onto your MFT camera, and that then shakes in the mount, ours will be rock steady and support even the heaviest lenses like angenieux optimos etc.. with now force pulling on the camera mount. as always, all hints, criticism, suggestions etc.. are welcome, we`re not red and we`re pretty proud of that :-) best, bernd wondollek ReWo
  23. finally! somebody asking about the most important thing! :-) it`s an xpal 8000 laptop backup battery -> www.xpalpower.com rebranded it`s also available from energizer. it`s nice and small and fits right into the rig and sits underneath the camera. + it has an additional 5v usb power outlet so you can charge your phone while you shoot :-)
  24. where`s the big advantage over the bmd camera? i mean 4000$ advantage.. (actually 5k if you consider the software..) oh, you need to buy a monitor as well (we`re at 6k now) ok, more sensor real estate, and maybe the mount options (extra $$) but that`s it... is the eos mount capable of stopping down lenses? if your`re on a budget you should rather buy glass. anyways, would love to see a "shootout"...
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