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    Trying to find the ENG 15mm Rail system for the Tape Varicam.
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    I have no idea the model number of this item. Was trying to find it on ebay with no luck. My varicam only has the stock baseplate and I need the one that will allow railing for my mattebox and follow focus.
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    Sony HDW-F900R Cinealta Cinema ENG Camera
    Sony HVR-Z1u HDV Camera

    LENSES
    CANON HJ21x7.5 T2.1 HD-EC CINE ZOOM LENS (Keslow Modified)
    Canon YJ19x9B4 KRS (SD)
    Zeiss Digizoom 6-24mm T1.9 Cinema Lens

    Recorders
    AJA Kona 3 PCIe 4:4:4 Dual Link Card W/ Breakout Box
    Panasonic AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO HD VTR

    Accessories
    Astro DM-3000 HD-SDI Monitor
    Astro DM-3005 HD-SDI Monitor
    Benro Fluid Head Tripod
    Chrosziel MB 450-01 & CLWAH-F4,5 Matte Box


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    I have had a set of these for Sony ENG cameras for about 13 years now. Used with matte box etc. You replace the front VCT 14 foot on the camera with the Cavision VCT 14 toe which can us their 15mm rod block assembly. Well made and works well. Should work on most Pana ENG rigs. Just check with them I guess.

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    http://www.cavision.com/rods/RS1525.htm

    http://www.cavision.com/rods/RSPP.htm


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    Screw pattern/spacing is a little different between Sony and Panasonic. Zacuto's LWS system was set-up to work with both(what I run on all of my ENG cam's), but they don't make it anymore. Chrosziel also made a really popular one that a lot of guys ran, as well.

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    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...rt_System.html


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    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...rch=yes&sts=ma


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    The Cavision set I linked to earlier is US$192.00 if you don't want to spend $352 for the very nice Chrosziel set linked to. That's why I ended up with the Cavision setup as I have too much Scots blood in me to spend the extra $$$'s

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    http://cavision.biz/rs-1525.aspx

    http://cavision.biz/rspp.aspx


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyvideo View Post
    The Cavision set I linked to earlier is US$192.00 if you don't want to spend $352 for the very nice Chrosziel set linked to. That's why I ended up with the Cavision setup as I have too much Scots blood in me to spend the extra $$$'s

    Chris Young

    http://cavision.biz/rs-1525.aspx

    http://cavision.biz/rspp.aspx
    Thanks for the info everyone! I will most def be going with Cavision as i've bought and used quite a bit of their products over the years and their build quality is great and it doesnt hurt my wallet. Thanks again!
    Cameras
    Sony HDW-F900R Cinealta Cinema ENG Camera
    Sony HVR-Z1u HDV Camera

    LENSES
    CANON HJ21x7.5 T2.1 HD-EC CINE ZOOM LENS (Keslow Modified)
    Canon YJ19x9B4 KRS (SD)
    Zeiss Digizoom 6-24mm T1.9 Cinema Lens

    Recorders
    AJA Kona 3 PCIe 4:4:4 Dual Link Card W/ Breakout Box
    Panasonic AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO HD VTR

    Accessories
    Astro DM-3000 HD-SDI Monitor
    Astro DM-3005 HD-SDI Monitor
    Benro Fluid Head Tripod
    Chrosziel MB 450-01 & CLWAH-F4,5 Matte Box


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    One thing to be very careful about is the removal of the black Panasonic screws when you go to mount this plate. Those old screws were a fairly soft metal and I've seen many easily deform and strip. Make sure you have a fairly pointy Phillips head screwdriver that seats very well in the screw and makes good contact down into the center bottom of the screw head and not just the edge side walls. Once you remove these screws I would suggest replacing them with some nice steel countersunk flatheads. It will really make a difference. i would also suggest that you put some Loktite on them because once you mount that plate on there's really no reason to ever pull it again.
    Mitch Gross
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Gross View Post
    One thing to be very careful about is the removal of the black Panasonic screws when you go to mount this plate. Those old screws were a fairly soft metal and I've seen many easily deform and strip. Make sure you have a fairly pointy Phillips head screwdriver that seats very well in the screw and makes good contact down into the center bottom of the screw head and not just the edge side walls. Once you remove these screws I would suggest replacing them with some nice steel countersunk flatheads. It will really make a difference. i would also suggest that you put some Loktite on them because once you mount that plate on there's really no reason to ever pull it again.
    Good advise, as I now seem to recall having trouble with at least one or two, if not all, of my VariCams when I removed the factory VCT wedge. I remember standing in my office MF’ing Panasonic intently, because of one that I thought I was never going to get off and having to go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and buy a special bit to remove stripped screw heads.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Gross View Post
    One thing to be very careful about is the removal of the black Panasonic screws when you go to mount this plate. Those old screws were a fairly soft metal and I've seen many easily deform and strip. Make sure you have a fairly pointy Phillips head screwdriver that seats very well in the screw and makes good contact down into the center bottom of the screw head and not just the edge side walls. Once you remove these screws I would suggest replacing them with some nice steel countersunk flatheads. It will really make a difference. i would also suggest that you put some Loktite on them because once you mount that plate on there's really no reason to ever pull it again.
    Oh I know all about those silly screws. Thanks for the reminder Mitch
    Cameras
    Sony HDW-F900R Cinealta Cinema ENG Camera
    Sony HVR-Z1u HDV Camera

    LENSES
    CANON HJ21x7.5 T2.1 HD-EC CINE ZOOM LENS (Keslow Modified)
    Canon YJ19x9B4 KRS (SD)
    Zeiss Digizoom 6-24mm T1.9 Cinema Lens

    Recorders
    AJA Kona 3 PCIe 4:4:4 Dual Link Card W/ Breakout Box
    Panasonic AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO HD VTR

    Accessories
    Astro DM-3000 HD-SDI Monitor
    Astro DM-3005 HD-SDI Monitor
    Benro Fluid Head Tripod
    Chrosziel MB 450-01 & CLWAH-F4,5 Matte Box


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