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Larry Rutledge
08-29-2008, 11:15 AM
Click here to read the full article (http://www.dvxuser.com/articles/article.php/14)

ullanta
08-29-2008, 04:30 PM
I just want to clarify a bit: in the little "table" in the middle of the article, I said "Minimum at MF MACRo: Max range is MF MACRO to 13.5 feet", etc. I think it's clearer to say:


With the minimum set at MF MACRO, the maximum can be set anywhere from MF MACRO to 13.5 feet
With the minimum set at 1.97 feet, the maximum can be set anywhere from 3 feet to infinity
With the minimum set at 4.99 feet, the maximum can be set anywhere from 8.5 feet to infinity
With the minimum set at 8.53 feet, the maximum can be set anywhere from 14.7 feet to infinity

Sneakle
08-29-2008, 04:32 PM
Ok, so what does it cost?

ullanta
08-29-2008, 09:59 PM
$315 at B&H...

Sneakle
08-30-2008, 03:52 AM
This looks great to me and not a bad price. If it does indeed mate with the HPX170 I'll get one. Thanks for the review.

ullanta
08-30-2008, 02:50 PM
Also, here's a size comparison vs. the varizoom VZ-ROCK-PZFI (which also has the zoom rocker):
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/623/1220132497.jpg

Sneakle
08-30-2008, 04:03 PM
The bigger the better for smooth operation.

Derrick_SA
09-01-2008, 04:00 AM
Man, this looks like a really cool product,

QUICK question, the chord that comes with it, is it a normal 3.5mm stereo jack and cable, or something special,

cause if you can run a cable down your 12 foot jib, to this, IT WOULD BE AWESOME! can it be done?

or it can be used as an easy way for a focus puller to walk next to the camera without having to get to close!

thanks,
Derrick

ullanta
09-01-2008, 03:19 PM
It's a 3,5mm jack, but a 4-contact version. Normal stereo plugs are divided into 3 parts (left signal, right signal, and ground). The 4-contact type is the one most commonly used for A/V in/out on consumer camcorders (left signal, right signal, video signal, ground). I haven't yet looked for an extender, but I'm sure it can be found. At worst, two long 3.5->3RCA cables can be patched together...

-Barry

LightMast
09-06-2008, 08:55 AM
http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/%5BIMG%5Dhttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/24387/1220716496.jpg%5B/IMG%5Dhttp://www.dvxuser.com/V6/%5BIMG%5Dhttp://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/24387/1220716496.jpg%5B/IMG%5D

The end of this monster I hope........

Cees Mutsaers
09-21-2008, 06:20 AM
how do you physically connect it to the camera (handheld and on sticks)?
picture will do wonders :-)

Jarek Zabczynski
10-03-2008, 08:46 AM
It's a 3,5mm jack, but a 4-contact version. Normal stereo plugs are divided into 3 parts (left signal, right signal, and ground). The 4-contact type is the one most commonly used for A/V in/out on consumer camcorders (left signal, right signal, video signal, ground). I haven't yet looked for an extender, but I'm sure it can be found. At worst, two long 3.5->3RCA cables can be patched together...

-Barry

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=146805

kenackr
12-15-2008, 11:59 AM
Ullanta,

Do you know of a zoom control you prefer over the Varizoom? Or does that seem OK for you?

Ken

ullanta
01-20-2009, 02:58 PM
I personally prefer the Manfrotto 522p (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/290856-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_522P_522P_Camera_Remote _Control.html), but I'm almost always on a tripod. But for that, the 522p is most natural, has the best resistance, and can be used most flexibly (i.e., with different parts of the hand). I find the Varizoom "stealth" style switches a little too finicky; the Varizoom rocker is OK, but big and far from the handle, thus a little uncomfortable sometimes.

So: the 522p on tripod;
the Varizoom rocker or stealth on a shoulder mount, depending on where and how it's mounted.

Pier
01-23-2009, 11:31 PM
Just upgraded camera from Hvx 200 to the HPX 172 EN, now my Varizoom VZ PFI has a hard time locking and keeping the mark
Does any one tried the Man 521PFI with the HPX 170 ?

Al MacLeod
01-24-2009, 07:23 AM
What happens if you set your focal points and then switch to manual for a bit...when you switch back to the 522 do you retain the presets or do you have to start from scratch?

ullanta
01-28-2009, 02:26 AM
The focal points are set by physical dials... so they hold their values unless specifically moved.

Xrayspecs
03-18-2009, 04:16 PM
Question for anyone who has used the 521PFI: Would it be too large and unwieldy for attachment to the MultiRig Pro? Judging from the pictures I've seen, it looks like the focus wheel might be too large to adjust with my thumb while I'm holding the MultiRig Pro handle. I'm trying to decide whether to get the Varizoom Stealth or the 521PFI for use with my HPX170. I'd like a device that would be comfortable to use with both my tripod and my MultiRig Pro.

ullanta
03-19-2009, 02:47 AM
I'll try it ASAP. I liked the VariZoom Stealth for ZOOM control on the MultiRig, but the focus/iris were far too small and twitchy to be very useful.

David Saraceno
03-27-2009, 09:48 AM
Can anyone confirm that this is compatible with the 170?

Steven Jones
03-29-2009, 11:10 PM
Anyone used it on a jib arm?

kenackr
03-30-2009, 08:01 AM
Larry,

Thanks for the nice review, it certainly brings things into focus for me!

Ken

wgzn
04-04-2009, 10:48 AM
have you used the bebob stuff? wonder how it compares to the zoe and foxi?

obonin
06-17-2009, 12:28 PM
Does anyone know if you can program the HPX170 FOCUS ASSIST button onto the 521PFI Focus custom button? Otherwise I still need to reach for that button out there....