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#1 Rob Rosenbaum

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:52 AM

For an upcoming shoot, I'd like to make my REX-5 lighter by using daylight spools and dismounting the metal bracket on top - that thing that separates a REX-5 from a REX-4. It's a lot of metal, and adds a lot to the weight. From the looks of it, all I would need is a screwdriver, but those sound like famous last words.
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#2 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:34 PM

http://www.apecity.c...ft_magazine.pdf

 

see page 5

 

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#3 Rob Rosenbaum

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 04:23 PM

Sorry, I worded my question poorly. I know how to remove the magazine. But on the top of the camera's body, under the magazine, is a solid metal piece that is screwed into a standard pre-REX5 body. I was wondering if I could remove this metal piece from the body, leaving me with, basically, a REX-4, albeit with a hole in the top.

 

http://www.apecity.c...ft_magazine.pdf
 
see page 5
 
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#4 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 05:27 PM

I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself.
It's easier to simply swap body shells in the course if a repair. The end result will look much better. I could do this for you if you like.

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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 06:46 PM

Would have though the material involved in that mount weighs relatively next to nothing considering the rest of the camera ?

 

Also, if I recall the handle will need fiddling ?


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#6 Rob Rosenbaum

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

There's a significant weight difference between a REX-5 and an H-16S, which I would have to attribute to the magazine bracket. It's fairly substantial. The handle is attached entirely to the bracket, so that would come off as well. The weight difference would be worth the trouble if it could be done or undone, DIY, before a day of shooting. If it requires a professional, I'll just live with the weight. Add a few more push-ups to my daily routine.
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