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S35 Affordable Zoom for Docs?


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#1 anchorlessfilms

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:02 PM

I'm an independent doc and narrative shooter looking to pick up a S35 PL Zoom to shoot docs on.

Any suggestions?

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R

Edited by Ryan Nethery, 17 July 2011 - 04:03 PM.

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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:31 PM

It depends what you call affordable, but I guess the RED 17- 50mm or the older version 18 - 50mm.

There has been a large thread on CML about this subject on doc zooms for the F3 and no real definitive answer.
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:02 PM

The russian 25-80 is a great doc lens for 35mm sized sensor cameras. It was made by Ekran, then there was an optar version, and now I believe it is sold by Elite. 2 pounds, t3ish and very sharp.

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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:13 PM

If it doesn't have to be handholdable, an old Cooke 18-100mm or 20-100mm might be affordable. Otherwise, you may have to look into adapted still camera zooms if small size and low cost are more important to you.
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