View Full Version : FF35 Still Glass - What's wrong with this?

Joe G.
01-03-2009, 01:56 PM

"What we do...

* Aperture rings are dismantled to remove the click stops and to dampen the ring
for smooth cine lens like setting and pulling.
* Focus barrels are cleaned and re-dampened if need be.
* Standard 32 pitch Black Delrin gears (very hard plastic) are carefully press fitted on
the barrel. Compatible with motion picture follow focus systems, Arri, Chrosziel, etc.
* Black anodized aluminum step-ups to 80 mm O.D. are added to the front of the lens.
To match with standard motion picture matte boxes and clamp-on shades."


Perhaps the first response will be "breathing." Well, is breathing an issue on these Nikon prime lenses? Has anyone shot with them?

It appears that the follow focus issue has been addressed, and is a viable alternative to overpriced cine-lenses.

Wouldn't a set like this be acceptable for a low budget feature production?

I am sold on the need for the increased dynamic range of the FF cameras. The next step is to make the system workable.

Vinit Borrison
01-03-2009, 03:06 PM
There's nothing wrong with going this route, especially for low budget projects, or to even own your own set of lenses. IMHO most professionals like to have gears on their iris as well for shots that require you to change your stop during a take (off a crane for example). Would they do that for you as well? Another nice thing about cinema lenses is that all the markings are very big and easy to read for a focus puller. its still a nice kit though...

Vinit Borrison
01-03-2009, 03:11 PM
wicked set fora scarlet actually

Antti Pirskanen
01-06-2009, 01:04 AM
I just purchased a few old Leica R-series Summicron primes. If need be, de-clicking the lenses as a DIY project should be relatively easy. (see. http://www.leitax.com/conversion/leica/summicron-50-2-cams/index.html

Leitax sells Leica-R to Nikon conversion kits, but a better solution with the Scarlets would probably be to use Leica-R to EOS adapters, which are readily available. The Novoflex adapter is reputedly the most accurately machined.

Would these SGpro gears work with the iris ring as well?


Davide B.
01-08-2009, 09:16 AM
These guys have been written about before on this board with Evan Grantcalling them a rip-off, let me see if I can dig up that thread.

Edit: here it is, http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3646&page=3&highlight=rplens

Evan's condemnation is pretty strong: "[...] All he's doing is buying used Nikkors and attaching step rings and follow focus gears to make them look more cine, then charge a hefty premium. I'm all for a free market but this guy is ripping people off [...]"

I don't know how much they are charging now versus the going rate for Nikon lens and the necessary mods they're doing, but just because they are cheaper than PL glass does not necessarily make them a good deal.