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#1 Mike Krumlauf

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 12:52 PM

Hello fellow Cinematographers,

 

This will be my first post on here (minus my introduction) and I hope its a good one.

 

I have been having problems with the optical block on my HDW-F900/3 and was very lucky to find a mint condition Panavision HD900F body on ebay for cheap. It arrives tomorrow (very excited) and my plans are to remove Panavisions front plate and install the stock plate from my HDW-F900/3 which has the B4 mount and control panel (which panavision made as a remote with a lemo cable.) My question is, is this going to be possible? I'm thinking the one hurtle i might have is the control board that hooks into the panel on the front of the camera which is located below the cooling fan for the sensor will not be installed in the Panavision version so i will have to transfer that as well. If the pin connectors to these things are not on the mother board, im pretty much screwed.

 

I know its been ahwile since these two cameras' heydays but I have to believe someone with some engineering background could help answer some of my questions before the camera arrives tomorrow.

 

Thanks :)


Edited by Mike Krumlauf, 06 September 2018 - 12:57 PM.

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#2 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 03:00 PM

I've talked to guys at Macie Video and they really don't recommend tinkering around with those cameras unless you're trained. I had a broken F900 imager last year, sent it in to them, and Macie just suggested buying an entirely new F900 due to the cost of repair exceeding another body altogether.

 

I have an F900 if you're looking to buy.


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#3 Mike Krumlauf

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 03:12 PM

I know what Im doing, I have engineering experience working at VER. Im just asking if anyone knew if the boards were the same as I havent seen inside the panavision model.
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Posted 12 October 2018 - 04:22 PM

Just wanted to make note that for all who need answers for my questions, yes, the front plates on the cameras are perfectly interchangeable with minimal work needed to do it.


Edited by Mike Krumlauf, 12 October 2018 - 04:22 PM.

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