Posted 03 July 2008 - 03:24 AM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 04:10 AM
If you want to use the OCT-19 lenses, sell your 1m and gather another 500 to 1000 bucks and buy a 2m. The Konvas 2m is set up to take OCT-19 lenses and you CAN buy an adapter from OCT-19 to OCT-18 so you can use the 1m lenses on a 2m camera. They're about 100 or 200 bucks if I remember correctly.
Konvas made a matte-box set for it's spherical lenses but as of yet, I have not found an original matte-box for the square front, OCT-18 mount anamorphics though I am positive somewhere along the line they built one specifically for the 1m. Most commonly is is recommended to adapt the Kinor 35 anamorphic matte-box to the Konvas. I may custom build or adapt a smaller anamorphic matte-box from a another company to my Konvas KSR-1 as I don't really care for the bulkiness of the Kinor matte-box on such a small, often hand held camera. I was fortunate enough to snag one of the original Konvas 1m matte-box sets on Ebay. They come up every once in a while. Here are some shots of the set:
Edited by James Steven Beverly, 03 July 2008 - 04:14 AM.
Posted 03 July 2008 - 04:19 AM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 07:02 AM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:26 PM
This is the most inexpensive 35mm good quality reflex motion picture camera available. Think of it as a Volkswagen, It'll get the job done well and economically but don't try to turn it into a Mercedes, it's NEVER gonna be one and you'll just end up being disappointed. Accept it's limitations and revel in it's simplicity, ruggedness and advantages over larger, more unwieldy 35mm movie cameras. The 1m is one of the best cameras out there and was used to shoot the Russian masterpiece "The Cranes are Flying" . It can also be set up to shoot anamorphic with a set of 2piece, OCT-18 mount anamorphic lenses, an anamorphic gate and a deanamorphic viewfinder and is probably the least expensive anamorphic package on the planet! If I were you, I'd make it work as is which is EXACTLY what I did with my little KSR-1. As for a matte-box, wait and buy an original one or look for an old Arri one and modify it. I believe, if I'm not mistaken, the Oct-18 is the Soviet version of the Arri mout of the time but I could be wrong on this. Also the old Mitchell matte-boxes go pretty cheap and should be able to made to work.
Edited by James Steven Beverly, 03 July 2008 - 08:30 PM.
Posted 06 July 2008 - 04:56 AM
Posted 06 July 2008 - 07:15 AM
The last 2 actually make up a full small set of 35mm, 50mm and 75mm which is exactly what I have, though when I bought them a year or two ago, I paid about $550 bucks for a the set in excellent condition with the original wooden boxes and the dovetail support for the 75mm which is the way they came from the factory although I am missing the screw-in focusing arms that were suppose to come with it. Still $892 bucks + free shipping or best offer for a full set an anamorphics is utterly amazing, I paid $1300 for a single OCT-19 mount, round front anamorphic 3 years ago and because of Red digital cameras and the fact the OCT-19 can very eazily be converted to PL mount, combined with Lomo's excellent quality, the prices of Russian equipment has soared. OCT-18 remains a bargain though which is good for us Konvas users! There are none on there at the moment but the de-anamorphic viewfinder runs about $250 bucks usually and Rafcamera.com has one and the anamorphic gate which is usually on there but is not right now goes for any were from $10 to $87 bucks. Rafcamera.com has one of those too.
So if you want to spend money on lenses, consider getting a set of anamorphics, along with a gate and viewfinder for under 2 grand! Square front anamorphics tend to breath a bit so no quick rack focusing but aside from that, they are incredible!
Edited by James Steven Beverly, 06 July 2008 - 07:20 AM.
Posted 06 July 2008 - 07:48 AM