Tag Archives: EOS 7D

Canon 7D FGV-PL at CSC

We tested the new FGV PL-mounted Canon EOS 7D at ARRI/CSC today. Solid as a block–which is how the mount is machined–from the same custom block of metal that holds the CMOS sensor. FGV removed the entire mirror and optical finder assembly, and replaced it with theirs. This saves weight, and as you can see, supports a big ZEISS Master… read more…

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PL Mount for Canon 7D from FGV

FGV Schmidle is a respected rental house in Munich and Berlin, with more than 35 years’ experience. Their PL retrofits for Canon EOS 7D HDSLR cameras appear to be the most sophisticated yet; we’ll be testing them next week. The excellent idea is how they’ve attached the PL mount to the base, which adds rigidity and provides three 3/8 x… read more…

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Hot Rod Mods Canon EOS PL

Adapter or Surgery There are two ways to put a PL mount on a Canon EOS camera. The painless way is a PL-to-Canon mount adapter, leaving the mirror and electronics of the camera intact. This works with a select set of lenses, notably Angénieux Optimo zooms whose rear elements do not protrude beyond the rear of the adapter. The more… read more…

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AFC Micro Salon 2010

Highlights of AFC Micro Salon 2010. Full report coming soon. Click here for full-screen slideshow.

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Canon 7D PL: Swedish Model

“A newly modified Canon EOS 7D from Syndicate AB of Sweden,” writes cinematographer Dan Kanes. “Custom modified by Syndicate AB of Sweden, my 7D supports all PL mounted lenses by the removal of the reflex mirror, and hollowing of the mirror box to accomodate a deeper flange. For right now it has a baseplate designed for use with a studio… read more…

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Ron Dexter Award to MBF Filmtechnik

For being first with a PL to Canon EOS Lens Adapter, Matthias Uhlig and MBF Filmtechnik Hamburg won the FDTimes Ron Dexter Award. The award was inspired by Director/Cinematographer/Inventor Ron Dexter, ASC, who never met a piece of camera equipment he couldn’t make better, and was famous for making some of the first video assists by hacking brand-new lenses and… read more…

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Canon PL Adapter Instructions

Here are instructions on attaching Matthias Uhlig’s MBF Filmtechnik PL to Canon EOS adapter on an Angenieux Optimo 24-290. http://www.matthias-uhlig.de/?page_id=429&lang=en

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PL to Canon EF Mount

The Envelope Please! Matthias Uhlig and MBF Filmtechnik of Hamburg win the Ron Dexter Award for first to market with a PL Mount to Canon EF adapter. We just received one and are testing it in LA this week. Beautifully machined and very well made. The long awaited PL-Adaptor for the Canon 7 D is now available  online: http://www.filmlicht.de/de/Video/DSLR-Zubehoer/PL-Mount-Adapter-fuer-Canon-EOS-7-D.html It… read more…

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FDTimes December 2009 Issue 29 Now Online

The December 2009 Issue of Film and Digital Times has gone to press in LA and should be in the mail soon. Our online edition is now ready to download (PDF files) for all Subscribers and Members. We end the year in low light, with articles on: Forgetting Three-Point Lighting; Lighting with Paint at one footcandle; ISO 12,800 to 102,400; Game-Changing Hybrid Cameras;… read more…

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Canon “Eyemo” 7D

It’s ironic that although we’ve been whining about PL mounts for Canon cameras, most of the time, our crash cameras and Eyemos have been fitted with Nikon or Canon Mounts. Since continuous follow focus is usually not an issue (or safe, or wise), great still lenses have been perfect for the job. So, could the Canon EOS 7D be the… read more…

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New ZEISS Lenses for Canon HDSLRs

Carl Zeiss has added new leness to its ZE (Canon) mount series: the Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZE with EF bayonet mount fits Canon EOS cameras, including the 5D and 7D. For HDSLR shooting, the attractive features are the smooth mechanical focus, sharp optics, and compact size. You set the aperture through the Canon camera’s controls, via electronic contacts in… read more…

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Canon Chronicles with the 7D

The wide-eyed enthusiasm of a cinematographer relearning still photography: I’m reliving long-forgotten techniques of traveling light on location in this new hybrid world of HDSLR with the new Canon 7D. Canon USA kindly lent us a case of EF (full frame 35mm still) and EF-S (APS-C size) lenses–to help wean us off, or keep us from obsessing about, PL lenses…. read more…

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PL Mount for Canon EOS

The race is on to put a PL mount on Canon 5D, 7D or any Canon EOS SLR. Problem is, PL lenses have a 52mm flange focal depth. Canon lenses have a 44mm depth. Fortunately, both mounts have a 54mm diameter. Unfortunately, if you stick most PL lenses into a Canon mount, it will hit the mirror and lots of… read more…

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Read the Instructions before you even see the 7D

Here’s an interesting twist. Our guru on all things Canon and digital still(s), Mark Forman, points out that you can read the Canon EOS 7D Instruction Manual and become familiar with its Pocket Guide and software well in advance of its actually being in your eager hands. There will be a test.

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Canon 7D

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Canon 7D HD Test

Here’s a short test we did with a Beta pre-production sample of the Canon EOS 7D on August 19th. MOS. Click HD and Full Screen for hi-rez. [wpvideo gjiedkGb] Looks like WordPress is re-compressing the file, above. Right click on this link, save the 36MB file to your desktop and view it in Quicktime Player Full Screen: Right click and… read more…

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Cinematographers of the world, get online or on line. The new Canon EOS 7D ships end of September, and it is everything you wanted in the sequel to last year’s blockbuster called Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This is the HDSLR you’ve been waiting for: a compact, rugged, lightweight combination digital still camera, 1920 x 1080 24p HD video camera,… read more…

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