gives us strong reasons to consider modifying lenses for multiple mounts:
With Canon’s new arsenal of Cinema Primes and Cinema Zooms being either PL or EOS mount, we have a predicament here. Who has the money to buy two sets of lenses? Which rental house has all this money sitting around to engage both mounts? To my knowledge, Canon will not be making their Cinema Primes in PL. Duclos has a work around and it is excellent.
The Multi-Mount is a modification process developed by Duclos Lenses that offers a variety of mounts to be swapped on a given lens – the Canon 15.5-47mm or the 30-105mm. The system utilizes a standardized set of mount flanges including PL, Panavision, Nikon F and Canon EF, coupled with a custom sub-mount developed for each zoom lens. A truly simple yet elegant process that allows a single lens to be used across a wide range of cameras regardless of the mount required.
I shot 80% of my latest feature Need for Speed on the Canon C500. I quickly saw the power of having both camera mounts at my disposal. Why? Because the PL mount camera weighs 2.5lbs more and this can be a big deal with units like the MOVI or drone technology, for example. I have also found that enabling your still lens arsenal can be so beneficial when you have to pull your own focus as an operator. A still lens has a much shorter focus throw than a cinema lens. When you are using Crash Cams and do not want to possibly damage a 25K cinema lens, a 1K still lens will do the trick.
Look at the gorgeous handle:
What every heavyweight zoom needs is a handle to help grab it and mount it to your camera, RIGHT? I love what Duclos has made. They are ergonomically made to flow with the lens and they also incorporate a Haden M26T motor bracket to engage the zoom focal lengths. They are built like a brick house, but do not add much weight to the glass.
“What Does It Cost?” The price is $2,300, including installation, PL and EF mounts.
Read the full article here. Shane is one of those rare individuals who puts his money where his mouth is.
What do you think? Is $2,300 a small price to pay for multiple mounts and cine-modding your lenses?