There’s much better quality out there, but still the VX1000 has a place in skateboarding. Since a late-90’s release it has become an institution, revolutionizing the porn industry as well as the skateboard filming industry. Jenkem has a look at the major moments and the major players since than and to this day.

 

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Dan Wolfe was the first filmer to have the MK1, and he remembers spotting it in a catalog. “I saw an ad for that fisheye and I was like, ‘Holy crap, this looks amazing,’” Wolfe told me. “This is the best fisheye ever.” The first clips Wolfe filmed with it ended up in Element skateboards’ World Tour video that came out in 2000. “Donny Barley tried to switch hardflip the Santa Monica set when I had the VX3,” a Hi8 predecessor to the VX1000, “and he wanted to go back and do it. I had the VX1000 by then with the fisheye. That same day Jeremy [Wray] frontside three-sixtyed it.”

The photographer Atiba Jefferson was shooting photos at the session and was amazed at the sight of Wolfe’s new lens. “I remember [Jefferson] calling Ty Evans like, ‘Dude, you gotta see this fisheye Wolfe has. Thing is crazy,’” Wolfe said. By the end of 1999 every legitimate skateboard filmer had an MK1 for their VX1000, and for the next decade, it was basically the only camcorder skateboarders used.

 

 

 

 

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