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#1 Keith Qix Chen

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:29 PM

Hi all, I remember that it is a push to use cine lenses on HDV cameras, but what is the advantage of that? Do you recommend Cine lenses on a real HD camera like Soney F900? Please help me....
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:40 PM

Hi all, I remember that it is a push to use cine lenses on HDV cameras, but what is the advantage of that? Do you recommend Cine lenses on a real HD camera like Soney F900? Please help me....


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There are devices that allow you to use cine lenses on HDV cameras. What they do is have the camera's regular lens shoot a projected image from the cine lens. The advantage is that you relatively cheaply get 35mm depth of field characteristics with a small sensor camera. The drawbacks are generally, IMO, MUCH greater than the advantages. They include more weight, awkward cameras to handhold (or put on steadicam, jib, etc), frequent vignetting and focus vignetting problems, softness problems, and problems being able to pull focus with such a cobbled together system.

On a broadcast camera like an F900, the devices are different. They are more like adapters and are, IMO, pointless. There are plenty of very nice, fast cine-style zooms for B4 mount and the digiprimes are excellent.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:14 PM

Also such big cameras as an F/900 with it's 2/3" sensors can achieve shallow DoF more easily than a 1/3" chip camera can.
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#4 Keith Qix Chen

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:42 PM

Also such big cameras as an F/900 with it's 2/3" sensors can achieve shallow DoF more easily than a 1/3" chip camera can.




Thank you, Chris & Adrian, very useful information :)
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