NAB 2011 – Very high quality PL-mount for FS100 by 16×9 Inc.
16×9 Inc. is not only a distributor of high quality products for film and video productions but they also have several products they produce themselves. Among the most interesting of their products at NAB was the new PL-mount for the Sony FS-100, the camera I’ve mentioned a lot this week.
This PL-mount will be available mid May and cost $870. That includes the mount and lens support ($595 mount and $275 for the lens support).
Yes, this is a lot if you look for the cheapest deal, but actually quite affordable if you’re looking for a product that gives you the quality a PL lens shoot might demand. Also, if you’re into mounts this one will be more affordable in the long run since it has an interchangeable back, so you can not only use it for a FS-100 camera.
Something I have personally learned to appreciate is a mount that is NOT made of aluminum, but stainless stell as this beauty here. In different temperatures this metal will not let you down and allow for a consistency of focus points (and infinity focus) on your lens. A thing the RED cameras have yet to learn…
EDIT: I was informed that aluminum is not the nr 1 problem causer for the backfocus problems on the RED camera. Apparently the issue lies more in other factors of engineering. I do trust 16×9 Inc. to make high quality products though. We would have to get into more technical detail and start temperature testing stuff to get evaluations for these kind of mounts. If anybody is willing to perform such a test once the 16×9 Inc adapter is out I’ll happy to post and participate. Cheers