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Raymond Zrike

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  1. Interested in getting this motor for my ACL when it is ready. Seems like it would be a good investment for the camera's longterm use considering the electronics are usually what fail first. Can the customizable fps preset go below 1fps, like for instance .5fps?
  2. Oops, I meant “I wasn’t thinking of converting primes.” I probably should stop texting and walking.
  3. Actually I’ll bump it down to $1300 on here since I’m going to list it for $1400 on eBay.
  4. I’ve got an open box B4 to PL S16 adapter for sale. Ended up with two by accident, so one needs to go. I bought this new from reseller Kipon. I’m considering it open box since I mounted it on my camera once to check that it is working correctly, but it is in the exact same condition as it would be new. Completely clear glass. Only one stop loss of light. Corrects all aberrations. See more info here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1311463-REG/ibe_optics_hdx1_4_hd_converter.html I’m looking for $1400 ($1k less than it goes for new). Will ship free in the US. I will pay for PayPal G&S fees. Images: https://imgur.com/a/z6pj9sR
  5. I believe there would be a market up to $3k, but I don’t know if it is possible to manufacture such an object. Really, I was thinking the achievable objective is permanently (or maybe semi-permanently) converting the back element of a S35 lens to S16. You could convert a modern cheap zoom like the cine Sigma 17-35 T2 to something that is impossible otherwise (9-18mm T1), for instance. As I said, there’s plenty of S16 primes available at all speeds, so I was thinking of converting primes. Elite has a 35mm T1.3 btw.
  6. These two videos amount to a decent explanation. The internet is filled with completely incorrect information regarding the “crop factor,” so it’s hard to find a good intro video to the topic. But he does a pretty good job.
  7. I 100% see the market for this—would be the first customer for such a speed booster if it were to exist. Unfortunately it does not. Just look at how desired the Cooke 10-30mm T1.6 is. I believe it’s the fastest cine zoom in the world, and it’s only possible via adapting the back element of a 20-60mm T3.1. Using 35mm style lenses on super-16 isn’t the same thing. Most 35mm prime sets only go as wide as 18mm-ish, and often times those tend to be the least sharp of the bunch. Plus super-16 is way more demanding when it comes to lens resolution. Compare MTF charts for high quality full frame or S35 lenses versus m4/3 lenses. Even when restricting the image area to the center, the cheap m4/3 lenses are a lot sharper. At least how I understand it, a speed booster would help bridge this gap in resolving power. Imagine such an adapter on something like a Zeiss LWZ 15.5-45mm T2.6. It’d be perhaps a 7.5-22.5mm T1.3. I’d buy that in two seconds. I see it as much more of a value for zooms rather than primes. There are plenty of fast wide angle primes for super-16 out there. Optex, Elite, Century, Zeiss all have/had primes that are wider than 8mm at T1.8 or faster
  8. Do they have a website? I can't find then online. I'd definitely would like to know about more camera repair shops in NYC!
  9. Those Cinema Products lenses seem to be even rarer. Can't find anything about them online. Maybe I'm not using the right search terms? Also, I'd assume they only used the CP mount which wouldn't really be useful to me. Would love to see them in action though!
  10. Thanks for all the perspectives on the Elites! Great info.
  11. There’s very little info about these lenses online and zero test videos. They’re supposedly very similar to the Optar Illuminas optically, possibly even identical, even though they seem to be developed by two different companies? Certain places act like they’re interchangeable while some act like the Elites are much better or vice versa. The Elites Mk IV and III do seem to have better build quality, but that's not much of a concern to me. My main question: how sharp are these lenses closed down one stop versus the Zeiss Super Speeds? I'm interested in them as a super-16 prime set that is somewhere between the Super Speeds and the Ultra16 lenses in quality. Any serviceability concerns? I had an Optar Illumina 16mm serviced by AbelCine without a problem (although it was a bit expensive). I plan on asking Duclos on Monday. Would be very grateful to anybody who shares any work that they have shot with the Elite S16 lenses!
  12. Too be fair, I did just a few pages back haha. But I was more so asking if it was possible to make a 416-esque camera for the current market price of an SR3, so I don't know if you would consider that affordable.
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