Bloody hellfire!!! My favourite lens, the 50mm. Nikkor f1.2 prime has died yesterday.
It was an accident waiting to happen. The killer: my Cokin mattebox (filterholder). See picture. I walked into the camera while it was sitting on my studiofloor, after which the whole front part of the Nikkor lens broke off. Two lenses and some small springs and stuff were launched through the room. I tried to put it all together again; also did my colleague Bart. To no avail… Part of the front lens is chipped after Bart dropped it a second time…. 😦
The whole problem is, that the Cokin filterholder is NOT attached to rods, but directly to the lens thread. So, the thing is actually hanging at the lens. Indeed, an accident waiting to happen. I must say though, that i’ve always enjoyed working with it specially since it’s so easy to attach/remove.
I started using the Cokin thing two years ago on the Sony EX-1, and i have quite a large collection of large Cokin filters.
I have been lacking the budget ever since to buy a proper matte box, something i regret now. I have been on the brink of buying the RedrockMicro matte box – because that’s my favourite – but i can’t remember why i eventually cancelled the order. We had some budget last year; which has evaporated regrettably.
Now, i’m banging my head against the wall – why haven’t i bought the RedRockMicro mattebox when i had the budget for it?! Or any other matte box that sits on the rods. No i lost a $550 prime lens.
Btw… anyone intereseted in a Cokin “mattebox” in mint condition..? Or a Nikkor DIY construction kit? 😉
Seriously, i’m selling the Cookin as soon as i can get hold of another solution. There is nothing wrong with the concept or construction of the Cokin, but it’s more intended to use with fixed-lens camcorders. On my EX-1, it has been a perfect tool.