Zooms vs Prims
Posted 28 August 2007 - 06:10 PM
Thanks for the replys
Ps. I do know anamorphic zooms are different so I'm only asking about spherical lenses at this point... unless anyone has insite on them too.
Posted 28 August 2007 - 06:18 PM
But zooms are used all the time, especially when the camera can stay on a dolly and the the shooting stop is adequate.
Posted 28 August 2007 - 06:26 PM
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 04:00 PM
I'm not ordinarily an endorser of zoom lenses. I lean towards the optical "purity" of good primes. At the same time, there is something to be said about an infinite range of focal lengths available within the zoom's range. I have spoken to some that think the infinite range provides greater variety and, therefore increased interest from the viewer. Others I have spoken with feel that a set number of primes represents part of the fixed, visual vocabulary within the film and the viewer shouldn't be boggled by an inconsistent use of focal lengths.
I can definately rationalize both sides of that argument. This is a very polarized example, but I shot two shorts for a particular director. On one of them we used three lenses only. On another film that, by design, shakes up the audience and creates a feeling of unease I used a zoom and tried not to duplicate a focal length for a particular type of shot. Reverses didn't match, closeups were with different lenses, et cetera.