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#1 Gregory Portnoy

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:16 PM

Hi there you all
I'm about to shoot a student film. And it's not counted in K's (Very low budget).
We were thinking about taking a SUPER COOKE S3 PL MOUNT T2.2 prime lenses with pro-35 to attach them to Panasonic HPX500.
Still expansive to us.
So, I wonder if it is possible to attach Nikon prime lenses (that I have) and save costs on pro-35. May be another converter from Nikon bayonet to Panasonic bayonet?
Or I will still have to use pro-35?

Any advices folks?
Thanks' in advance

Gregory
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#2 David Desio

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:34 AM

Gregory,
I shoot primarily with this camera and a Pro35 adapter set up. I know that the rentals get a little pricey but if you are getting a set of primes, you must also get and adapter for the camera, ie. a pro35 or equivalent. If you do come across a cheaper and easier solution please post some info and pics.

If you get the pro35 and lenses, here are a few things to remember:
1.you lose a little in your exposure so make sure you light well.
2. set the speed of the GG(ground glass) to 6 or 7 on the dial.
3. open the iris all the way on the lens and adjust exposure using the adapter's iris ring.
4. MAKE SURE that the glass is spinning( I know it sounds rudimentary but I've shot half a scene only to notice that the little green light is not on)
5. make sure your back focus it set during prep.

Good luck on the shoot!

I just noticed the speed of the lenses that you are renting. Any chance of getting a faster set of primes? Remember that with any adapter you will lose a stop or 2 out the gate.

Edited by David Desio, 23 April 2010 - 11:37 AM.

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#3 Gregory Portnoy

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:57 AM

Thanks' a lot for sharing your expiriense, David!!!
Will will have to think again about what arrangement will be the best ...
Cheers
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