About those optical adapters. BBC is using the HDx35 B4/PL Optical Adapter AbelCine developed with IB/E Optics. This converter was never intended to cover the full 5K image area of the RED EPIC. It does cover all formats of 4K and depending on the individual lens mounted to it, can sometimes cover some 5K formats.
And I'm happy to say that I beloeve we've outfitted them with accessories which should work quite well for them in the field.
Can you share any shots Christian? Would love to see what that 200-400 1.4x can do.
Steve, we've been using Epics since September in Africa for wildlife - using everything from 500mm Nikon primes down to 10x macro. The camera is great!
Fan noise can be an issue when filming some subjects ( e.g. close blind-based filming ) and at high ambient temperatures, you need to be aware of heat management using a variety of different fan settings.
That said, it is great camera for wildlife. Pre-roll and time lapse functions would make it a REALLY great camera - but those are probably coming.
The biggest change we have found to our operation is the field side of data management - generating proxies and then back-ups ( 2 x mirrored drives plus LTO's ) all in the field - in the past we used to go days without running a generator, now it seems to be on 24/7!
Does anyone know where I could hire a HDx35 B4/PL To do some testing before buying, I am in the UK?
If any one is going to buy convertors Id recommend doing your own tests with the lens model your intending to use. What works with one lens may or may not work with another lens model.
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