I agree that that is a pretty amazing example from Phil. Also, I am interested to hear that the O'Connor CAN accommodate lens movement.
I can answer some of your questions about the Shoot 35:
Now onto the question of which one to get... The Shoot35 looks great! A few questions:
1) I imagine wide angle lenses will be used quite frequently in combination with the matte box. I will be using the Tokina 11-16mm and Zeiss ZF 21mm. Will these vignette at 4K? What about 3K?
I was told by Shoot 35 that it covers full frame from 24mm I think and 4K from about 17mm. I was prepared to live with this compromise given the incredibly low price and excellent quality and the fact I could not find another matte box that would accommodate the significant lens travel of my Leica Rs and some of my older Nikkors.
2) My lenses do breathe. The ZF 100mm f/2 is a real pain and travels about an inch. The 21mm does not breathe at all. The 35, 50 and 85mm all breathe about 1/2" or less. The Tokina I'm not sure about because I'm waiting for the new version to come out at the end of March before buying it. Which of these would work with the Shoot35?
I don't think that you would have a problem with any of these lenses.
3) I notice it uses 15mm with studio spacing. I use 15mm LW right now... Is there a way to mount it anyway? I would rather not have to switch to studio and get new rails, a new follow focus and everything for the time being :/
You will have to check with them directly about this. Is 15mm LW an arris standard with an offset?
This is what I ordered and it works perfectly for my needs (still lenses - one of which moves with focus).
Item Qty Item Description OCOBSFS 1 O-Box WM Side Flag Set (2 Flags) OCOBSFB 1 O-Box WM Side Flag Bracket Set (2 Brackets) OCRR114110 1 Reduction Ring (114-110mm) OCBR 1 C1243-1117 Bellows Ring CHSDR5085 1 AC-450-22 Flex-Ring Flexible Step-Down Ring (110:50-85mm) OCOBLS 1 O-BOX WM Set (15mm LWS)
The Bellows ring takes it from 150mm to 114mm, then I use a 114mm-110mm reduction ring to get it down so I can use a flex step down ring which is made of rubber and moves with your lens when you focus.
Here's a link to the flex step down ring:
In addition to moving with your focus the advantage of this is that it doesn't screw on to the lens so it's very quick and simple to change lenses even without a swing away mattebox.
So, the flex step down ring is a Chrosziel part and all your lenses have to have 85mm fronts?
Here is an image of exactly the same setup that M.D. describes above:
Ok, that is very helpful information. Thanks.
A Matte Box is essential for all those times you are using a Matt.
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