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#1 Tom York

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 07:01 AM

We resently aquired a s16 camera package that came with a Canon Super 16mm zoom 8mm-64mm T2.4. Is this lense good enough for a feature?
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#2 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 07:24 AM

We resently aquired a s16 camera package that came with a Canon Super 16mm zoom 8mm-64mm T2.4. Is this lense good enough for a feature?


Hi Tom,

It's a good workhorse lens for S16. They do vary in quality so you should test it.

Stephen
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:40 AM

Hi Tom,

It's a good workhorse lens for S16. They do vary in quality so you should test it.

Stephen


Thanks for the reply. We will definitely test it. A DoP told me that this particular lens was discontinued and replaced by Canon with a 9mm-65mm zoom, but that the original design was better (the 8-64mm one). I'm still wondering why.
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#4 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:53 AM

Thanks for the reply. We will definitely test it. A DoP told me that this particular lens was discontinued and replaced by Canon with a 9mm-65mm zoom, but that the original design was better (the 8-64mm one). I'm still wondering why.


Hi,

The current version of the 8-64 is the 7-63. Both very respectable IMHO.

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#5 Tom York

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:12 AM

Hi,

The current version of the 8-64 is the 7-63. Both very respectable IMHO.

Stephen



Oh, you are right. I went in the wrong direction. :rolleyes:

It's good to know that both lenses are good. I am now even happier with our purchase. Thanks Stephen for your insight.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:14 AM

Hi Tom,

It's a good workhorse lens for S16. They do vary in quality so you should test it.

Stephen


I agree that it is a good lens as well and has been for some time. I seem to recall that this lens has a nice min close focusing range of about 1.5 feet or so. Much better than your average regular 16mm Zeiss T2 10-100 which would vignette. That had a close focus of 5 feet but you could cheat it to 3.5 feet if one was zoomed in a bit.

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 10:04 AM

I agree that it is a good lens as well and has been for some time. I seem to recall that this lens has a nice min close focusing range of about 1.5 feet or so.


Yes, I was looking at it right now and the focus ring keeps going well beyond the last marking of 0.6m.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 12:18 PM

The Canon 7-63 also breathes way less than the Zeiss.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 02:29 PM

The Canon 7-63 also breathes way less than the Zeiss.


What about the 8-64?
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#10 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 02:34 PM

What about the 8-64?


Hi,

Breathes way less than old Zeiss 10-100.

The truth is that all the S16 zooms are a bit long in the tooth, nothing radical in the last few years. The 8-64 is however very respectable, they sell on Ebay for $5000-6500.

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