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Why did people use to put white tape on their zoom?


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#1 Samuel Berger

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:37 PM

That's my noobish question for the day, folks.

I see this done so often I might end up doing it myself...if I figure out why.

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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:32 PM

It's possible that the white tape is to allow focus marks to be made on the barrel of the lens, as there is no follow focus.


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#3 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:52 PM

The first photo looks like someone taping the zoom to prevent an unwanted focal length change, like an accidental brushing of the zoom barrel or stick when reaching for the focus for example.   Also some zooms can creep when tilted.


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#4 Samuel Berger

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:21 PM

Thanks guys. One thing I know people used to do with those Angenieux zooms was putting rubber bands on them to prevent creeping.

But it does look like focus marks on the other pic, which is odd because back in the VNF days the cameraman was his own focus puller.
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#5 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 11:00 PM

Japanese poster for Medium Cool..  nice 


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#6 Samuel Berger

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 11:05 PM

Japanese poster for Medium Cool..  nice 

 

Jouzu, jouzu...


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#7 Robert Hart

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:23 AM

If you are a musician or otherwise an individual with heightened fingertip sensitivity, the Angenieux ribs can become a little uncomfortable to the fingertips. I have absolutely no idea why but a strip of tape or a thick rubber band has a nicer tactile thing going for it. It is also easier to see in a quick glance in dim conditions. I used to write notes on a smaller strip stuck on the base of the lens.


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#8 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:28 AM

 

Jouzu, jouzu...

 

 

Just thought I would throw that in.. reaches for Gauloises and corrects angle of Beret..


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#9 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:05 AM

Ah, c'est la vie...
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#10 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:48 AM

 

 

Just thought I would throw that in.. reaches for Gauloises and corrects angle of Beret..

You forgot the asterisks!


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#11 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 10:28 AM

But it does look like focus marks on the other pic, which is odd because back in the VNF days the cameraman was his own focus puller.

 

Not necessarily, you can have a camera assistant on documentaries, it wasn't that unusual during the period these film lenses were being used. You wouldn't have one on news, but they were quite common on many productions.


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