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class="Paragraph" Probe-Snorkel For DV Camera

class="Paragraph" Published : 8th February 2004

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Probe / Snorkel for a DV Camera...Is there such a thing for a DV camera? I’ve got a little project that requires close ups of small toys. Agency wants to shoot with an Xl1 or DVX-100. In the morning I’ll call around however, has anyone worked with such a device? What are my macro options for a 2/3” B4 mount video camera?

Thanks

Dave Winters

DP - L.A.


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I’d imagine you could get the PL mount for the XL1 and mount any 35mm professional lens system you like.

Raoul Germain
DP
Los Angeles


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Thank you Mr. Raul.

I priced out a Mini35 adaptor w Century snorkel package (XL1) or the Innovision Probe II (B4 mount). It is actually more cost effective to rent a 2/3” CCD camera and shoot with the Probe II. The Probe II appears to be the ideal package for the job.

Dave Winters
LA


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>The Probe II appears to be the ideal package for the job.


Dave,

Another alternative is the Revolution Snorkel lens. You can pan the lens during a move and the horizon will stay level. I used one on a B4 mount 2/3 chip camera and it looks great. We used a jib and dollied thru and around 1" high chess pieces. It comes with lots of lenses and angle set-ups. A very flexible piece of gear. CSC here in NYC has them.

AL Emer
Lighting Cameraman
Holmdel, NJ


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You can also try high end minicams, connected straight onto the camera.

Very cost effective, they give you access to the most unusual locations.

Franz Pagot
Director of Photography/Underwater Cameraman

http://www.franzpagot.com

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I've used every type of probe/periscope for years and had generally settle on the Revolution as the most versatile.

However, I'm currently shooting with the Optex Excellence system and I have to say that I've never seen image quality like it from a probe of any kind.

The rushes look amazing with the material we shot with Arri Macros being indistinguishable from the probe material and that really is a first!!

It also has a cool underwater housing.

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based
www.cinematography.net


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Yesterday went over to Innovision for a demo of the Probe II. Tomorrow I'll be shooting with the setup, I'll post the results this weekend. Thanks to everyone for the input.

Dave Winters
LA


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Geoff Boyle writes
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>The rushes look amazing with the material we shot with Arri Macros >being indistinguishable from the probe material and that really is a first!!

Only problem is every time we stick it under water we get flicker... needs an anti-caustic filter... then we'd have some footage we could use!

Nick Hoffman NYC DP


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Hi,

I have used the EXCELLENCE on a commercial on the 12th November and I really liked it.

It's fast in aperture, easy and clean.

I have used Fraser, Innovision, Trex and the lot, but yours I have to say it's really good, if not the best.

I would not expect anything less from OPTEX.

Well done.

Franz Pagot
Director of Photography/Underwater Cameraman


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Here is a quick follow-up to my original post. The spot was 2 kids playing with toys on a bedroom set. We shot last Friday on video (JVC D9 camera) with the Innovision Probe 2 (straight tube). Worked from a small jib with a regular fluid head, which gave me a minimum level lens height of about 20".

Next time I'll fight for a Weaver head and the periscope setup (Probe II+). Mark at Innovision gave a great one on one demo, leaving me totally confident.

Thanks again.

Dave Winters
L.A.