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  1. I've finally received my lens today! The package arrived in not so good condition. A lot of scratches and tears but the contents inside was packed carefully.


    The lens and rod support work good. I feel the rod support could work better if it does not rotate easily because the screws aren't so secured.

    The Iscorama itself has some stiff focus movements around 1.6m - 3m not sure why he didn't fix that. Also he somehow made some scratches on the Iscorama label on the front part of the lens but that's okay.
    Even though it is a nice modification, if I would have a chance to choose again I wouldn't send my Iscorama to get modded!
  2. "You can open a dispute in the Resolution Centre of your PayPal account within 180 days of payment (or 45 days depending on when you made the purchase)"

    "The reference to 'depending on when you made the purchase' refers to the fact that payments made before that day would still come under the terms of our user agreement before the update. This means that they can only be disputed up to 45 days. Any payment made after June 17th can be disputed up to 180 days."

    Here is what PayPal says:


    We're sorry, but this transaction cannot be disputed because it is not a purchase of goods or services. Please contact the recipient directly.
  3. It was a regrettable decision that I've made indeed.


    Now I just hope my Iscorama will arrive in one piece although I know the chance that will happens is so low.


    When I sent Christopher my question regarding the shipping issue. He simply replied me that since I didn't declare full value of the lens there is no point to ship with registered tracking number. Thus, he just re-shipped it with regular airmail. Well, if he would give it a break and ask me what I want to do I would be more happier but the truth is he left me with no choice at all. Instead, he decided what to do for me. That is really suck for customer service he provided.

  4. I sent Christopher at vandiemen the payment on September 13 and he promised he can finish my Iscorama modding in 2 weeks. Up until now I have nothing in my hand!


    I paid half of the modding price on September 13, and then he finally finished the modding on October 14 (1 month vs. 2 weeks he promised). 5 days later with no single reply so I had to follow up with him to make him reply that he WILL ship my lens on Tuesday, October 21!


    He sent me tracking information on October 21 which made me happy until I discovered on October 31 that my lens has been returned to the sender on the same they it arrived the destination country...


    4 days later, Christopher re-shipped me the lens WITHOUT any tracking number! I had to follow up with him via several emails to confirm the shipment has been dispatched with no way to track where it is. That was after the first shipment has been returned and he still sent me with even worse way.


    Now my $5200 investment is during its travel with no way to know where it is and when it will arrive or maybe not arrive at all :(


    The worst part is I can't even open a dispute on PayPal since it has passed 45 days timeframe and even I could I still can't since his invoices were not indicating this is a physical item that is eligible for PayPal buyer protection.


    I expect Christopher would reply me in next 2 business days if not 4-7 days as he did usually.

  5. comurit, now you got my attention! Will take a look on your thread :)


    premini, you actually need only the anamorphic lens and attach it to any lens you like. The C-mount lens bundled with most Cinegon has electronic controlled aperture so you can't change the aperture yourself. At least to my knowledge from the current Cinegon I have.

  6. I've just received my second Iscorama Cinegon. The first Cinegon I have I noticed when I rotate the focus ring below 2m it will just fall apart. This doesn't happen to the original Iscorama I have. I thought it was the fault of my Cinegon at the time since its condition was so bad.


    When I got another Cinegon it's just exactly the same as the first one. It's like you're screwing the front glass out.


    So, is it normal for the Cinegon version?

  7. Just wanted to share my experience with Slow Motion Inc. 


    I sent my Technovision 35mm Anamorphic lens to them to get it serviced and to fix the focus gear. They couldn't make the new part for the focus gear that was broken which is fine. So I let them service the lens as the focus ring and aperture ring were a bit tight. They emailed me the lens has some issues with the PL mount adapter (which was made by Dima in St. Petersburg) that caused the problem so I would never get anything in focus because of the mount.


    I wasn't clearly understood and thought it was nothing serious. And then the focus gear ring, it was just a bigger version of self-installed gear ring you can easily find on eBay and not seamless gear ring that you would expect from Dima or any other professional lens techs. So I let them remove it since it's useless for me.


    Then they ship it back. The payment was also painful. I have to print out the PDF form and fill and the info they needed and scan it and then send it back along with the scans of my credit card and passport. Have they ever heard of PayPal or any online credit card system?


    Anyway, once the lens arrived in my hands. The focus ring moves smoothly as well as the aperture ring which is good. But... I can't get anything in focus! I sent them an email asking why I couldn't get anything sharp with my lens. They replied me with quoted messages they told me earlier that it was the issues with the PL mount from Dima and I have to send it to Dima to fix it.




    The thing is the lens was totally fine. It took sharp focused footage and I shot a lot with the lens before I shipped it to Slow Motion Inc. I even uploaded some video taken from the lens with the PL mount.


    Haven't heard any reply from them since Friday. Probably today maybe.

  8. There is no effective way to do that. The squarefront OCT18 lenses are designed to be coupled with their rear spherical backs so the focus can be tuned together. Mounting them with modern still lens will also work but you will lost the single focus mechanism and have some trouble with finding a way to mount it.


    I've seen some people do that but I don't think it would be so nice to use in a real shoot. And, don't forget you have to focus on both lenses.





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