Nikon 50-300mm ED T4.5 and Canon 50-300mm FD T4.5
Posted 30 September 2006 - 04:53 PM
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:
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?
Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:32 PM
Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:55 PM
"In religion, what damned error, but some sober brow may bless it and approve it with a text hiding the grossness with fair ornament." Bassanio in "Merchant of Venice"
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.