Serious Toys for Serious Boys Nikon Style

paulrpaulr Posts: 1,176Member
edited April 2013 in Nikon DSLR cameras
This outfit was on show at Focus Birmingham Uk on the Nikon Stand not shown is the remote control which was massive
bpsSSAS copy

Just the thing for Lightweight Photography and a bargain at just under £20,000

Well it is Schneider Electronics
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Camera, Lens and Tripod and a few other Bits
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  • rschnaiblerschnaible Posts: 308Member
    that is some price tag :)
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    From the looks of it: D4 plus a 200 f/2 and other goodies. D4 has some amazing video capabilities.
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • paulrpaulr Posts: 1,176Member
    The control panel was with a hydraulic short lever which controlled movement in any direction and had total control on zoom facility, clearly designed for studio work or surveillance work with a larger lens.
    It was on loan to the Nikon Stand, just for the show.
    Camera, Lens and Tripod and a few other Bits
  • CorrelliCorrelli Posts: 135Member
    And I thought the latest AF-S lenses have the AF motor build into the lens not onto the lens... ;)
  • SquamishPhotoSquamishPhoto Posts: 608Member
    From the looks of it: D4 plus a 200 f/2 and other goodies. D4 has some amazing video capabilities.
    Its a 300mm f2.8. The guy in the background is playing with a D4 and a 200mm f2 and you can see that the focus ring is bevelled unlike the lens in the foreground.
    Mike
    D3 • D750 • 14-24mm f2.8 • 35mm f1.4A • PC-E 45mm f2.8 • 50mm f1.8G • AF-D 85mm f1.4 • ZF.2 100mm f2 • 200mm f2 VR2
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    The foreground lens is highly modified...a gear ring around the lens in front of the focus ring...which may be also geared to the control motor...to rotate the lens/camera to portrait position? But, it is the correct size for a 300mm f/2.8, just has a few extras....
    Msmoto, mod
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    edited April 2013
    That is impressive! The cost doesn't seem thaaaat much for a high-end remote system. If you ever look at some of the rigs hollywood uses, that would be a drop in the bucket. When you get into that high end video dollies, remote camera set-ups, cranes, etc., you are talking some very high dollar items. They are not made for amateurs or most pros for sure.
    Post edited by TaoTeJared on
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
    I played with thing last year at Focus , it is buitifully desined and engineerd
    £20 K is not unreasonable for what it does
  • AdeAde Posts: 1,071Member
    edited April 2013
    The foreground lens is highly modified...a gear ring around the lens in front of the focus ring...which may be also geared to the control motor...to rotate the lens/camera to portrait position? But, it is the correct size for a 300mm f/2.8, just has a few extras....
    That is a remote "follow focus" system used for shooting motion video, usually available from 1- to 3- axes.

    1-axis system controls focus only.
    2-axis system controls focus plus aperture (or "iris" in video lingo).
    3-axis system controls focus, iris and zoom.

    Often in addition to a camera operator (which controls camera movements) there is another person (the "focus puller") who controls the focus remotely, either directly by rotating a gear, or remotely via a wired or wireless system. Sometimes the movement+focus can be computerized.

    From looking at the above picture, honestly it looks like an "inexpensive" DIY or prototype system, probably simply to showcase the Schneider MDrive 1.7 stepper motor rather than a complete professionally finished product.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 364Member
    I'll take two please!
    D7000, 18-200VRII | 50 1.8G | SB-900
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    "Inexpensive"...yes, Ade, I agree. Most of these fancy remote mechanisms can go beyond ones' imagination. And, the cine lenses can be way up there as well. Kinda makes the 300mm f/2.8 seem "inexpensive" :))
    Msmoto, mod
  • JJ_SOJJ_SO Posts: 1,158Member
    I guess, Gitzo "Athena" could just not take the additional focus/zoom drives? 15 pound capacity is not much, but it's more precise than a hydraulic system, if I'm not mistaken.
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