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#1 Matt Irwin

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 10:06 PM

Is there such a thing as an Aaton(body)-to-PL (lens) adapter?

I might need to use PL lenses on an Aaton Standard mounted LTR (as an additional body) on a shoot soon. Trading the mount to PL in this case is not an option because the camera is privately owned (long story, low budget).
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#2 Seamus Mulligan-Ferry

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 10:53 PM

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an adapter available to convert an Aaton mount camera body to a PL mount (due to the flange focal distance).

To quote Mitch Gross from the linked thread below:

"The Aaton mount works just fine and has no issues holding depth if well maintained. The mount can use adapters to work use Arri bayonet, Arri standard, Nikon F, Leica and a few other still lens mounts. In order to mount Arri PL (positive lock) mount lenses, the Aaton mount has to be removed and a complete PL mount attached to the front housing in its place. If the camera has never had a PL mount on it before, then it means dismantling the camera to drill new threaded holes in the front housing. PL mounts are generally not rental items, instead requiring a purchase in the neighborhood of US$1200. In addition to the cost of modifying the camera, every time a mount (Aaton or PL) is attached to a camera it must be aligned and shimmed for proper centering and depth. This is a one or two hour minimum labor charge. Once a mount is on there is no way to switch mounts in the field as the centering and depth would not be accurate. So you will have to use all PL mount lenses for the body of your shoot.

It may be less expensive to either (a) rent a PL mount camera body for the shoot and use your accessories (make sure they work with the new camera) or (cool.gif see if the rental company can provide the lenses in a mount that is compatible with you camera. If you ever get outside lenses for your own camera, you really should bring the camera in at the time of rental to make sure that the mount depth is set correctly and that the lenses are therefore mounting properly."

http://www.cinematography.com/forum2004/in...showtopic=25257
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#3 Nathan Milford

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 10:54 PM

Physically impossible.

Rent Aaton mount lenses or ARRI Bayo lenses and adapt them to Aaton mount or swap the camera mount... those are your only options.
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#4 Matt Irwin

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 11:04 PM

Thank you both. That answered my question and then some.

I had a feeling the flange depth would be too close for that to work.
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