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#1 andres victorero

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:32 PM

Hi, I have a angenieux 12-120 zoom lens for my eclair ACL.
I´m thinking to upgrade to the 10-100 T3 Zeiss zoom lens but I´m not sure if this lens is much better than angeniux 12-120.

what do you think? Is a good inversion?

thanks
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#2 Bernie O'Doherty

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:12 PM

Hi, I have a angenieux 12-120 zoom lens for my eclair ACL.
I´m thinking to upgrade to the 10-100 T3 Zeiss zoom lens but I´m not sure if this lens is much better than angeniux 12-120.

what do you think? Is a good inversion?

thanks


Hi, Andres,

There is no question that the Zeiss is better. Having collimated/calibrated hundreds of these lenses over the years and having seen them on projection collimators, Richter collimators, and hand-held collimators, I know that the Zeiss has better resolution (line pairs per mm), better contrast, better ability to hold focus throughout the range, and less susceptibility to wear in the zoom element cam area. Also, Zeiss tends to use stricter parameters for their f/T-stop settings than Angenieux does. When I worked for Eclair in London, we found that T3 Zeiss let as much light through as the Angenieux 12-120 set at T2.8.

The Angenieux tends to be slightly warmer than the Zeiss, which might be a small consideration for you.

I don't know how others feel, but based on my experience, I'd highly recommend the upgrade to the Zeiss if you can swing it.

Cheers,
Bernie
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