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  1. Hi, I can confirm that Sankor Anamoprime and Compact are clones of Kowa 8z / 16h / B&H.
    Identical glass and body (after stripping down excess parts).
    These are a bit undervalued as such, since not everyone realizes this.

    The 5e I have never seen or worked with myself.

  2. 2 hours ago, Eugenia said:

    Not for me. I need a small package. While the EOS R itself is not that massive, its native lenses are and an external display/rec would be a no-go. I'm only 4'11" and I don't have much strength to keep such a rig on my shoulder for more than a couple of minutes (same reason why I don't use my BMPCC 4k rig much). I need a package the size of the M50/A6400/X-T30 with a 16x-50x kit-lens-size IS lens, along 10bit log rec. And if it happens to have ibis, even better. GH5 comes closest, but its AF is not good, so I pass. My hopes are for next year's Fuji. I need a true "one-man-crew" camera and I do have a feeling that it's Fuji that will deliver that.

    Yeah the X-T3 with that 18-55 seems a good fit? Or also too heavy?

  3. The way Nikon handled the PR around the proresRaw update is so poor. I can understand that they were trying to generate some hype but still... Imagine they had announced proresRaw just now. People would praise them up to heaven. And bitching about a paid upgrade? I mean we don't know what it costs, but if it's in the GH5/V-log league, who would have cared?

    Now people feel as if Nikon is breaking promises or giving them a bad deal.

    They need to get this update out ASAP.

  4. At it's current pricing, the Z6 -is- a steal, if you regard it as a true hybrid (for photography use too, try that on a BMPCC4K). But yes, native lens options are limited...I don't mind as I am very much enjoying all my vintage glass in conjunction with the fabulous Vizelex ND mount adapter.

    I think user adoption would be greatly accelerated if third party lens developers got on board.
    The E-mount Tamron zooms and Samyang AF primes are killing it on the Sonys.
    Imagine that whole portfolio being available for the Z-mount (or Canon RF for that matter).

  5. Man, German pricing is wild.
    A Z6, FTZ adapter, 24-70 F4 and that wonderful 50 F1.8 combined for less than 2500 euro.
    Or leave the FTZ adapter and end up below 2400...

    I was looking for a lightweight hybrid (Lumix S1 therefore no option). No way I am gonna support cripplin' Canon. So it went between the a7iii and the Z6...
    Seeing the nikon AF improve so drastically after the last firmware, with the promised external RAW and now this epic discount: count me in as a first time Nikon owner.

    Now to hoping the small Samyang AF primes don't take too long...

  6. Welcome Aaron! An additional diopter can still be helpful then, to further decrease the minimum focus distance of the variable diopter (obviously you lose infinity then, and you will have to account for possible vignetting). Which strength is useful depends on what you're shooting, but as the Rangefinder already goes to about 1m, I'd try a cheap +1 first for (extreme) close ups. You then have a broad range covered.

  7. This guy's style is a bit of an acquired taste, but he has a good nuanced take imo...the headphone jack, VlogL, unlimited recording, 120fps HD, assumably better AF and (for photography) 20MP make this a good upgrade, and especially for video shooters. A definitive G80 replacement? Nah. A great contender in the midprice range? Sure. And wait a few months and the price will be better (...and the G80 is now gonna be a REAL steal very soon).



  8. 23 hours ago, CfFilmmaker said:

    That's a gutsy disassembly! You said they were almost the same size, how did you make up the difference?

    It's actually relatively easy as there are only two elements that are each fixed with one retainer ring.

    The rear element can be swapped out, and the Rangefinder's back retainer ring can be re-used.

    On the front, the element of the Fujinon is a tad smaller and thinner. However, when using the Fujinon's original front retainer ring it grips perfectly, as that also has a 82mm outer thread, and it has a 'rim' that fits snugly over the element's edge.

    Only aspect that needs some tinkering is finding adequate spacers to lay the front element on. Otherwise it ends up to 'deep' in the housing. I used step rings, which work just fine.

  9. (repost from the Anamorphic Shooters group on FB, but I thought it would be interesting for here as well ☺️)

    - SLR Magic Rangefinder hack -

    I was getting a bit tired of the blue blobbin' and bleeding flares of the SLR Magic Rangefinder. With the modified Century Optics wide-angle adapters being used for single focus rehousings (by POOLi™) I started thinking of using similar glass as replacement into the otherwise fine Rangefinder helicoid. One 0.82x wide-angle adapter seemed very close in dimensions: the Fujinon WCV-82SC, also sold as RCV-82SC, and also sold under the JVC brand. Note the 82mm front thread, which is the same as the RF.

    Found one cheap, disassembled it and sure enough, the two elements are very close in size to those found in the RF.

    • Rear element was easily replaced because it fits just fine, using the retainer ring on the back of the RF. But be very sure to put it in the right direction, very important!
    • Front element was a bit more tricky as it is somewhat thinner than the RF front element, ending up 'too deep' in the helicoid. Now it focused way past infinity and not close. So I used some step rings to lay the front element on and bring it more forward.
    • I then used the original retainer ring from the WA adapter to fix the front element in the helicoid. Tadaa...a new single focus in an old housing.

    - wider shots possible
    - no more blue bleeding flares
    - close focus is a bit better also, I measured around 90cm, compared to listed MFD of the Rangefinder of 110cm.

    - somewhat more distortion at the edges and more CA
    - less sharp than RF in corners, but when using 2x anamorphics this is somewhat mitigated as the sharp center gets stretched out.
    - requires some fiddling with step rings behind the front element as spacer to calibrate focus range.

    Cheers, Tim

    P.S. You can find some (boring) test shots in the Facebook post.


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