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Ariel Cannon
Opinions on EX1 Accessories?
on Aug 10, 2009 at 11:59:08 pm

Hi All,

Thanks for your feedback regarding the head and tripod. Has anyone had any experience with the following items? We are planning on using them with the EX1.

1. Ikan V8000 Monitor

2. Arri MMB-1 Mini Matte Box

3. RedEye 77mm .65x Wide Angle Adapter

Any feedback would be much appreciated.



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Clint Fleckenstein
Re: Opinions on EX1 Accessories?
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:25:31 pm

One of our office people tried to incinerate our Ikan V8000 monitor a few weeks ago by taking whatever high-current power supply they could find in the drawer, in reverse polarity of course, and plugging it in. It exploded a capacitor on the main board but the internal fuse and diode right off the DC input held strong. I replaced the cheap capacitor and it's rocking and rolling again. Other than that, the connectors are flimsy but the unit itself seems reasonably durable.


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Bob Pierce
Re: Opinions on EX1 Accessories?
on Aug 15, 2009 at 9:46:32 pm

After agonizing for months now, I finally broke down and bought the MMB-1. It's the only matte box that meets all of my criteria:

-Wide angle
-Usable as clip-on or rails
-Gets along with the over-the-lens mic of the EX1
-Works with broadcast lenses (with appropriate adapter rings)

One word of caution: contrary to what the guy at Abel Cine told me, the $1500 matte box does not come with rails or the clamp adapter for the ex1. Unless you've already got a rails system, it's useless. The rails will set you back $500, the ring $100. If you want to use it with a standard broadcast lens, you have to pay another $300 for the adapters. That's $2400, and you don't even have the brow or sidewings, just a basic matte box.

It is, however, a GORGEOUS piece of engineering. It just rubs me the wrong way to pay $2400 for something that basically allows you to put filters in front of the lens of a $6000 camera.

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