I've recently purchased my first S16 camera (Aaton XTR Prod) and I'm looking to make an investment in a zoom lens I can use for allround purposes and no-budget projects that I can still use on productions where we have the budget to rent e.g. Ultra16s, Super Speeds, S4s/SK4s -
Hoping someone in here can give me some advice on the topic.
I'm interested in a zoom that has the following properties:
- PL Mount
- Close focus of 0.75m or closer
- Has at least 12-30mm range
- Preferably ~T2.8 or faster
- Covers S16 fully
For these requirements I've narrowed my options down to either:
- Angenieux HR 11.5-138 T2.3
- Angenieux HR 7-81 T2.4
- Cooke 10.4-52mm T2.8 (CVK)
- Cooke 10.8-60 T3* (CVK)
- Cooke 10-30 T1.6 (CVP)
- Cooke 9.5-53 T1.6 (CVT)
- Cooke 10.6-52 T1.65 (CVT)
I didn't include the Canon Zooms as I don't feel like they give me the look I am going for. I also didn't include Zeiss Vario Sonnars in the list because their close focus is too far. But they may be workable with a diopter. I'm afraid of losing sharpness however. Any thoughts?
Any other lenses that I might have missed in my research are much appreciated.
Do you have any advice on these lenses. And which do you prefer?