[•] Atomos Assassin with SmallRig Monitor Case

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Successful anamorphic video test with Panasonic GH4 and Canon FD with Anamorphot X50 adaptor. The colours are rich and vibrant and the added bonus of monitor mode in HDR with scene brightness range adjust is very cool.

Custom LUTs (Look Up Table) with Panasonic VLog is such a great feature in the Atomos menu it makes creating video footage a dream in the field. I’ve always said setup in the field is the best way to produce your content and if done correctly minimises the amount of work done in the edit suite.

As a side note I removed the red bumper cover supplied buy Atomos. It is great that they offer the cover but it was loose and fitting wasn’t as neat or professional looking. SmallRig do a great job and the mounting rail is just excellent. So many options with this cage design making the rig setup endless possibilities.

The Atomos Assassin improves video quality out of the camera via HDMI cable and offers 10-bit colour resolution, 4:2:2 colour accuracy and visually lossless ProRes video codec. Other features include No record time limit as you can record to SSD drive and extra bonus of Focus Assist and Exposure tools.

If there was any recommended tool for the videographer an external recorder/monitor is considered an important piece of kit.

 

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[•] Canon Canonflex & the R2000

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Introduced in the month of September 1960 (produced until 1962)

The Canonflex is Canon’s first SLR and was designed to compete with the Nikon F which was also released to the public in the same year. Like the Nikon F it has an interchangeable prism and a focal plane shutter to 1/1000. A Selenium meter clips to a front accessory shoe and is coupled to the shutter speed dial.
It featured interchangeable breech lock mount lenses, interchangeable finders.

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Canonflex R2000 was equipped with Canon 50mm f/1.8 Super-Canomatic R

 

Did you know the value of the Canonflex camera was $299 in 1961…Now equals $2,373.19 in 2016.

The top-class 35mm camera market gradually shifted from rangefinder cameras to single-lens reflex cameras. The major reason was that SLRs could handle close-ups, photomicrography, duplication work, and other applications without being constrained by the limits of rangefinder camera lenses. When Canon introduced the Canonflex, its first SLR, there were already eight SLR models on the market.

The Canonflex used a high-quality, breechlock lens mount. The lens flange ring was turned to lock the lens onto the camera flange’s bayonet lugs. The lens flange and camera flange did not rub against each other like today’s lens mounts.The camera used Super-Canomatic lenses which had a fast, fully-automatic diaphragm. A 130-degree winding trigger at the camera bottom enabled quick film advance. An external selenium exposure meter could also be attached.

My Camera’s Serial Number is Very Special:  Body sn # 59623
Lens sn # 68175

The Canonflex was Canon’s first foray into the SLR market, with a removable prism and clip-on exposure meter that coupled with the shutter speed dial. This model has a minimum shutter speed of 1/2000th.

Total production about 8,800 units; documented serial number range: 50646- 59281 (via IDCC

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So when I saw the R2000 for sale I made an enquiry and met a wonderful gentleman that has had this camera for many many years. I asked him why he was selling it and he told me that he was 70 years old and it was time to part with that Canonflex. For a part of me this made me sad because it is a reminder that we all can’t walk this life forever and there is a time that we must give up on things we love or have interests in. I don’t know how long I will have this camera for but hope that the next person that inherits my cameras looks after them and keeps the history alive.

So this camera is from the early 60’s and looking at the serial number would of been the last Canonflex made in the R2000 model. For a camera that is over 50 years old and the second model canon produced as the first Single Lens Reflex camera it also was a pinnacle piece of engineering history for canon. They managed to be one of the first few camera companies to have a shutter speed of 2000th second and helped move canon forward to become a successful competitor in the camera industry.

I recently found a second Canonflex online and wasn’t sure whether or not I should purchase it. My one has for a long time been out of use because the shutter winder is broken and when I did see another one available I thought maybe it could become a spare parts camera.

These camera’s are becoming rarer every year and I find that the Canonflex are the most special out of the canon line up because of the the Trigger-Action Winding Lever on the base of the camera.

The only faults are the missing Film Rewind Release Button but I can wind the film back by using a pen to release the locking pin and to the front left the covering is pealing a little. I have the option where I can either swap the part and just fix the best looking Canonflex.

Its a wait and see at this stage but the removable prism is in beautiful condition and so are the internals.

Note: One of the Canonflex in the collection is engraved on the winding trigger designating that it was once sold at a US Military Post Exchange.

Thankyou to the collector that sold me the R2000 Canonflex and know that it will be used and looked after in the years to come.

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[•] SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x 50 Anamorphic with SLR Rangefinder

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The SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x 50 is a anamorphic lens adapter designed for cinematography. Increases image resolution and detail by squashing / compressing the image horizontally by a factor of 2x to allow maximum utilisation of the cameras’ sensor, especially those of “full frame” dimensions.

Anamorphic lenses therefore require subsequent stretching, in post-production or at projection. Intended for use with shooting at 4:3, bringing the intended output to a standard 2.39:1 wide format with a higher resolution than simply letter-boxing the image in camera. The lens features an adjustable dioptre for “sweet spot” adjustment controls on focus, “near” and “far”.

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This SLR Magic anamorphic adapter also offers unique effects such as horizontal flare and streaks from light sources and ellipsoidal bokeh (great with the use of the optional +1.8 diopter), for cinematographers wanting a characteristic filmic look. Depth of field is also affected, as in practice when using an anamorphic lens a longer focal length is required in order to achieve the same angle of view. Therefore anamorphic lenses produce a shallower, more cinematic depth of field than a the same lens without the adapter.
This SLR Magic anamorphic adapter also offers unique effects such as horizontal flare and streaks from light sources and ellipsoidal bokeh, for cinematographers wanting a characteristic filmic look. Depth of field is also affected, as in practice when using an anamorphic lens a longer focal length is required in order to achieve the same angle of view. Therefore anamorphic lenses produce a shallower, more cinematic depth of field than a the same lens without the adapter.
The adapter has a 77mm front filter thread and a native 62mm rear thread. As such it is only suitable for lenses which have a front element size of 50mm or less. Limitations of close focusing is helped with the use of dioptres which further enhances image. resolution and sharpness on close / medium distance applications.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the additional weight of the Anamorphot adapter and extra strain placed on the taking lens the use of of lens support is essential at all times.

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[•] Why I bought a Panasonic GH4 instead of GH5 in 2017

For those who can’t decide on the GH5 or GH4. Here are some of my thoughts on the mighty GH4 and how far a $3000 budget can build a beta video kit with a SmallRig Cage to kick start your video making.

Can the GH4 go toe to toe with the GH5?

GH5 has alot of ironing out a few issues including Metabones and waiting for a firmware update. I hope GH5 users get a speedy fix on these issues.

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More information on the Panasonic GH4 main page link: https://pazrahn.wordpress.com/panasonic-gh4/

My Camera Gear Here:

Panasonic GH4:https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00I9GYG8O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00I9GYG8O&linkCode=am2&tag=pazrahn-20&linkId=876c663819d6e2b789f433b33fcfca37
Canon 5DMark III: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00SMNZ0P2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeA
Manfrotto 303sph Panoramic Head:https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0002NTTDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0002NTTDE&linkCode=am2&tag=pazrahn-20&linkId=769cb9685e5fd26c37974d3532fb7666

 

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

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