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Nikon 50-300mm ED T4.5 and Canon 50-300mm FD T4.5


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#1 Mike Welle

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 04:53 PM

There used to be a list of recommended lenses put out by Abel Cine Tech. I included an attachment of this list. On the list they recommended the Canon 50-300 T4.5 FD lens. To see this lens, please click here:

Canon 50-300 FD

However, the Nikon 50-300 T4.5 ED lens is not on this list. I have noticed that several accomplished wildlife cinematographers have mentioned the Nikon lens as part of their lens arsenel. See these links for instance:

Arri Package with Nikon 50-300 T4.5

Wildlife Filmmaker Equipment

Also, when Optex was in business they mentioned it alongside the Canon 50-300mm. This link concerns the conversion of these lenses to universal lens mounts:

Optex Conversions

Lastly, at Ron Dexter's website the Canon and Nikon 50-300mm are mentioned. He states that these lenses are "not bad." Also, he says that the Canon changes speed while zooming. Please see this link:

Ron Dexter on Nikon and Canon 50-300mm

After all of this, my question is why was the Nikon 50-300mm ED lens left off of the Abel CineTech list of lenses? Is the lens somehow less suitable to Super-16 filmmaking than the Canon?

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Mike Welle
Charleston, SC

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#2 Dan Goulder

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:32 PM

I've got the Canon 50-300 FD zoom, which I use for 35mm. (It was converted to Arri bayonet mount.) It's nice and light. Despite the reviewer's quotes, I've found the stop to be quite consistent thoughout the zoom range. The sharpness is very close to that of my 300mm Zeiss Sonnar prime, even when zoomed all the way. One cool thing with this lens is that you can in get twice as close as with the prime for ultra close ups.
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#3 Mike Welle

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:55 PM

Thank you for your reply. I just wanted to clarify that Ron Dexter said the lens changes zoom speed throughout its range, not lens stop. I own an Eclair ACL. Nikon to TS adapters are manufactured by George Zorzoli as well as Les Bosher. With the addition of this adapter, there would be no modification needed to be made to the lens mount if I purchased the Nikon 50-300mm ED. It is also much more readily available on Ebay than the Canon 50-300 FD. So, I must admit that I envy you--especially since this lens is put on Abel Cine's list of recommended Super-16 lenses and the Nikon is not. Alas, what a snob filmmaking makes out of one.

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Mike Welle
Charleston, SC

I've got the Canon 50-300 FD zoom, which I use for 35mm. (It was converted to Arri bayonet mount.) It's nice and light. Despite the reviewer's quotes, I've found the stop to be quite consistent thoughout the zoom range. The sharpness is very close to that of my 300mm Zeiss Sonnar prime, even when zoomed all the way. One cool thing with this lens is that you can in get twice as close as with the prime for ultra close ups.


Edited by Mike Welle, 30 September 2006 - 05:57 PM.

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