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#1 David Owen James

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:36 PM

I'm interested in hearing your recommendations for zoom lenses. What lens do you like to use and why?
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#2 Matej Pok

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:28 PM

Hi,

I use Zeiss 10-100mm T2 and Angenieux 9,5-57mm T1.8-2.4 H.E.C.
They are both very good - stopped down (f4) as good as prime lenses.

Zeiss breathes a bit and has got longer minimum focus distance (1.5m).

Angenieux has warmer color rendition, has got very good controlled breathing and good minimum focus (0.6m) also it´s usuful for macro.

I used to shoot also with Angenieux 12-120mm T2.4, which is good for "old look", but I´d stay away from it for serious work.

When you´re buying Angenieux, try to find one with as bigger serial number as possible. Especially 1.4xx.000 series. They are from beggining of 90´s.

Are you planning to use it on Super16 or standard ?
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#3 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:52 AM

The Canon 8-64 is another very good 16mm zoom, which covers S16. The Zeiss 11-110 is the S16 version of their 10-100.

The nicest I've come across though, is the Cooke 10.4-52 Varokinetal, a S16 version of the earlier 9-50. The Cooke 10-30 is another beauty, if you can find one.
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#4 Kip Kubin

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:21 PM

I use a Cooke 9-50 lens.

I did buy it for 16mm but I do use it quite a bit for 2k on RED/EPIC/SCARLET...here's a screen grab.... T4 This should give you a good idea of sharpness and contrast on dark and light skin.

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I should be getting my first 16mm transfers with the lens in a week or so...I'll post a screen grab from those so you can get a visual idea of the lens when shooting film.

Edited by Kip Kubin, 29 November 2011 - 07:24 PM.

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#5 Matej Pok

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

I use a Cooke 9-50 lens.

I did buy it for 16mm but I do use it quite a bit for 2k on RED/EPIC/SCARLET...here's a screen grab.... T4 This should give you a good idea of sharpness and contrast on dark and light skin.


I should be getting my first 16mm transfers with the lens in a week or so...I'll post a screen grab from those so you can get a visual idea of the lens when shooting film.


Hi Kip,
please, could you describe Cooke regarding - flare, breathing, close focus and sharpness wide open ? And what is its front diameter ?

Thanks for information.

I should probably upload screen shots of my lenses, too :rolleyes:
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#6 Kip Kubin

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:39 PM

Cooke 9-50


Close Focus 1 '6"

Little to no breathing.

Prone to flairs...I always use a french flag when shooting without a Matte Box

It is sharp and acceptable wide open.

Front diameter is 83mm

Covers Super 16mm at about 17mm on

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#7 Matej Pok

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:48 AM

Cooke 9-50


Close Focus 1 '6"

Little to no breathing.

Prone to flairs...I always use a french flag when shooting without a Matte Box

It is sharp and acceptable wide open.

Front diameter is 83mm

Covers Super 16mm at about 17mm on


Thanks a lot!

These information are very useful.
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