Lens Choice for Arri 35-3
Posted 30 May 2009 - 05:20 PM
Posted 30 May 2009 - 06:06 PM
Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:37 AM
For commercial and 2nd unit jobs, I would think you'd be renting the best glass available. You're right, there's plenty of available glass up here for those purposes. For super-low budget personal projects though, I would possibly look into getting adapted still lenses for their small size, weight, and moderate cost, especially if you're going to be shooting by yourself with maybe one AC/loader and pulling your own focus. Luckily, there are a lot of companies coming out with relatively cheap 35mm glass for the Red market right now. Maybe you can make a trip down to Cinegear next week in LA and check out what's available. The Digital Cinema Society is having a seminar on the 6th where the manufacturers will be presenting their latest 35mm glass, I'm probably going to be there.
Anyway, good luck and let us know how it goes.
Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:10 PM
In my "real" job world, I have been a tooling engineer in injection molding for most of my professional career (after an eight year stint in the military). Too many trips to Asia - 41 in the last 3 years (!!!) has motivated me to make a pretty dramatic change, though filmmaking has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid. Making the switch at the ripe old age of 50, but I think it will work out great. At 50, us old guys tend to have a bit more business experience, are a tad more realistic in our goals/expectations, the kids are usually out of the house and we hopefully have a bit more disposable income with which to personally invest. I did a tour of duty at Film Arts Foundation as an intern when travels allowed, and I have a library of books regarding the craft larger than FAF did (okay, so I may be exaggerating, but not by much!).
We do have a film in the early (early) stages of production, and getting equipment seems something like putting the cart before the horse, but I do have a "thing" for all things mechanical in nature, and this Arri 35-3 is pretty cool.
We were going to go digital, but after really looking/thinking things over, film seems like the best approach, at least for the next 5-10 years, and we do want to be taken seriously, which was certainly also part of the decision making process (no disrespect to anyone going the digital route, believe me). We will be looking for a professional crew during the shoot as well. Having some of the basic equipment on hand and taking time to learn it thoroughly (even if I will not ultimately be the operator, I have another passion which is to learn as much as I possibly can about the entire process!). We do have 8,600 feet of old (1 year) 5217 Kodak film coming in just to do some camera/lens testing and hopefully to develop (no pun intended) a good relationship with a processing lab.
After putting the Cooke 20-60 zoom on today, and having a good idea of the additional equipment we will be requiring (and also having a really great rental company close by), I think we will forgo the prime lens purchase for now. Our next big equipment outlay is a Sachtler 7+7 studio head and a set of Cartoni sticks. As most of you know, this stuff is NOT cheap, but then again, being in the molding/tooling business most of my life, you definitely get what you pay for...
Anyone interested in getting their hands on an Arri 35-3 for some free real-live testing and live in the Bay Area either in late June or early/mid July, please feel free to email me! Thanks again - Matt
Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:03 AM
Good idea. I suggest that you get the beefiest head you can afford, since you will at some point want to mount all kinds of accessories and maybe a huge lens like an Optimo someday soon. Also, I recommend that you pick up a matte box, a follow focus, and a baseplate/rod system. A zoom control would be good to have as well. If your camera has a video tap, an onboard LCD monitor is a good investment.
Our next big equipment outlay is a Sachtler 7+7 studio head and a set of Cartoni sticks.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:28 PM