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#1 Janice Arthur

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:25 PM

Hi all;

Just noodling, but the icons of motion picture making used to show a magazine and a body and a lens and matte box. All those lovely silhouettes of cameras and operators were what we knew. Most of the time we even knew the rig and maybe the operator.

You knew exactly what you were seeing, as an icon of a camera.

If you were wanted to depict high end you put up an icon of a movie camera on your Steadicam.
(If you see one of those cameras on someone's advertisement today it kind of says old school.)

Now its, to me, a sad day to have a motion picture camera of just about any sort that can only be depicted as a lens, around shape (a front view) and a matte box as the icon.

I'm sure the manufacturers are scratching their heads too on how to differentiate their products too when depicting general cameras types for each product.

I'm just saying its kind of sad to see it go.

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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:58 PM

when it comes to weird form factors--we ain't seen nuttin' yet. How about the profile of a lens with a little bump at the back? Seems to be the not-so-distant future.

Even the mattebox may be suspect...just did weeks of shooting with the Canon DSLR's; two cameras and no matteboxes or sunshades, just bare still lenses (mostly Zeiss ZE's and Canons). It seemed terribly wrong but we virtually never had any kind of flare issue. Interesting.
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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 05:02 PM


You've nailed it, once again, the mind is spinning!

Right now it could be a square box of some size, and a drop down menu depicted.

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#4 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 05:41 PM

think of the balance / weight distribution possibilities...

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