Thanks for the correction. I'm not a huge lens nerd. ;]
I was considering exactly what you mentioned, using both lens systems with adapters. Do the adapters come with any disadvantages, cut f-stops, or vignetting?
I'm still a bit uncertain on what will work best with my existing workflow, and how I can compliment it, not complicate it!
Again I really thank you for all your help!
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06-18-2011 04:02 PM
06-18-2011 05:33 PM
Lens nerds are among the worst! ;^)
Most lens adapters are just a physical connection to adapt one type lens mount to another- a very short tube with different types of lens mounts on each end.
This is the type (but not actual same manufacturer) I have to adapt FD to m4/3. They're like $35 on ebay. Some people have had problems with them being loose, which could let light leak in. Mine is nice and tight (but not so tight it's hard to get off).
These neither cut nor control light.
This is a Kipon, it has an aperture, but notice the adjustments on the ring are 1, 2, 3 not f2.8 etc.
$150-$200. They vignette once you stop down past a certain point- I'm not exactly sure when it starts vignetting
I'm not sure if Kipon makes an adapter for EF to FD, if you got an M2 with a Canon mount, which I think means FD mount, since 35mm adapters are designed for use with manual (mechanical.not electronic) still lenses.
OK, I just Googled "ef lens to fd body adapter" since the front of the M2 would be like a camera body, and need the appropriate mount.
I couldn't find one (at a quick glance), though there's lots of FD lens to EOS body adapters, which won't help you.
Maybe you should talk to the Redrock people with any questions about EF lenses or other issues?
Glad to help, plenty have helped me. I just wish some adapter users (there are/were lots of them) would chime in here!
Last edited by groveChuck; 06-18-2011 at 05:41 PM.
06-18-2011 07:41 PM
i have to tell you. i think your situation would be just as well served with a DSLR rather than video camera with adapter. probably as cheap (or cheaper) and in your case, easier to manage.
06-18-2011 09:24 PM
^ That's what I thought too. She had another thread asking for a 2nd camera to match an HVX- I suggested AF100 or GH2, which, Renee, you still might want to consider.
Will you (or your editor) be doing much color grading, where you can work at getting the cameras looking similar?
If there's any way you can rent the various options available, it could make your future much easier!
06-18-2011 10:17 PM
as mentioned in another thread. i have a canon 60d. a gh2 and an hpx170 with an sgblade adapter. and each has their own strengths and weaknesses.
ive been gearing up to do some side by side comparison shooting with all three. i did some STILL shots a couple weeks ago and with the right glass, was able to get images from the gh2 that were on par with the 60d. so i would imagine that with some planning and a bit of post effort, one could get a reasonable match to an hvx if needed...
and if i were shooting events, interviews and trade shows. where i was setting up, breaking down and moving around a lot. lugging around an hvx+adapter+lenses would NOT be my first choice.
06-20-2011 07:50 AM
wgzn, using a DSLR is not out of the question. I shot on a t2i last year. I guess mic input is my main concern and that's why lean towards using the HVX. I like being able to run multiple channels. The audio also sounds cleaner from the HVX- and I'm supremely novice at audio fixes in post. I try my best to make sure my audio is perfect going in because of my lack of expertise . . .
I've seen DSLR solutions to this- but I'm not practically familiar with the workflow surrounding them. Do you have suggestions I could take a peek at?
groveChuck I guess for the AF-100 it's a bummer I can't use my CitidiskHD. I've really started to fall in love with it's simpleness. I've got a thread on the Redrock Micro forum, but they're more trying to sell me than work out possible issues. ;] can't say I blame them.
Err, then there is my really sweet 11inch Marshall monitor. How can I possibly shoot without it?
06-20-2011 09:26 AM
yeah, the lack of "standard" audio is one of the bigger DSLR roadblocks.
there are a lot of things you can do. with SOME canon's there is a "hack" you can use called magic lantern that gives you live meters and allows you to kill the built in acg
and there are a number of decent small stereo mics people enjoy with most any dslr. but always, what one person loves, another may hate. so...
then there is the subject of external recorders. but it sounds to me that you probably wouldnt want to go through that effort in post.
in reality, there isnt really anything one can reasonably (if at all) do to get multi-channel, on-board audio like youre used to with the hvx with any current dslr
so that gets us back to the redrock discussion. in my testing with the same nikkor lens used on my gh2 and on my sgblde connected to my hpx170. i have conversationally more room to move on the dslr than the hpx+adapter. from what i hear there isnt a great deal of difference between the M2 and the blade as far as light loss. but i could be mistaken there.
every one of the options discussed here is either one compromise or another. the dslr is smaller an easier in one respect but an hvx+adapter is going to behave more like youre used to.
a dslr will be better in low light. but youve got to dick around with the audio workarounds. and we havent even discussed aliasing and moire...
i cant help but feel im introducing more questions than answering them. maybe i should just shut up ; )
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06-20-2011 10:36 AM
lens brand and model adapters on dslrs is a whole other discussion. im not sure if this is 100% across the board, but often an adapted lens wont benefit from the aperture control, autofocus, ois or any of the other benefits of using a lens on the body line it was intended. in many cases, not a big deal. but if you were run and gunning at a trade show, some cameras can be hard to get correct focus with. there are only 2 canon models (7d and a very high end stills model, the 1dmk something or other) that send out an HD signal via hdmi while recording. as i understand, thats because those 2 actually use one chip to shoot and one to monitor. the rest send a smaller SD image out. trying to focus while recording on my 60d sending hdmi out to my smallhd dp1 is damned near impossible. you nearly have to fudge it on both sides so you can see the lesser evil in the middle mud thats actually focused ; )
the gh2 has by far the best autofocus while recording. but its got its share of compromises as well. (though IMO not as many as the canons)
06-20-2011 12:42 PM
Renee- didn't you say in this or the other thread you had $5-10k to spend?
That will get you an AF100 and Birger adapter (for about $5500, I believe).
And that will get you:
Use of EF lenses (I'm cautiously optimistic the Birger will be out within 2 months- hopefully I won't be eating my words...)
Use of nearly any other lens system with an adapter
HDMI and HD-SDI out for HD monitoring
Shallow (but not silly shallow ala 5DMk2) DOF
Virtually no moire
Overcrank/undercrank for in camera slo mo/time lapse (shoot a trade show/convention from above with time lapse of people coming in or setting up- pretty cool stuff!)
2 XLR audio inputs, just like the HVX
It's a video camera that shoots filmic video, not a stills camera
+ more, but that's all I can think of for now