by Sebastian Wöber | 30th September 2016
Canon introduced their first servo-driven Cine Zoom Lens with autofocus at NAB 2016. But the new Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 compact servo zoom comes with an odd trait for a cine lens: it has no focusing hard stops. Here is Canon’s response. No Hard Stops on Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO The new 18-80mm is a very welcome lens for documentary style, large sensor shooters. Just like the newly announced Sony 18-110mm lens, it has a lightweight design, super35 (and APS-C) coverage, features autofocus and servo zoom functionality with a price tag of just over $5,000. We first noticed the missing hard stops when we took the lens for a spin at NAB 2016. The lens has a gear ring for focusing with a follow focus or remote focus, but the lack of hard stops is reminiscent of traditional Canon photo lenses. Video shooters and cinematographers alike will have a more difficult time controlling focus, especially when using focusing tools. According to the response from Mr Yuya Suzuki we got at IBC this year (see video above), in order to achieve the much applauded Dual Autofocus functionality they had to incorporate soft stops on the lens. The lens is clearly positioned as a professional tool for (indie) filmmakers and marketed as a cine lens, so the missing hard stops will probably leave some questions open. On the other hand, follow focuses are rarely used by single operator shooters, and this might just be the perfect lens for those looking to equip a Canon C300 Mark II documentary style. The lack of hard stops might justify the competitive price tag of the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 lens, but could be a tradeoff that some are not willing to accept. What do you think about this issue? Dealbreaker, or worth overlooking for the Dual AF functionality?Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 20th April 2016
Canon introduce their first servo powered Cine Zoom Lens at NAB 2016. Larry Thorpe tells us all about the new Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO. Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Just as a quick reminder, the freshly announced Canon zoom 18-80mm lens features things like S35 (and APS-C) coverage, a constant T4.4 (f/4) aperture and a very competitive price tag of just over $5,000. Here are the hard facts again (read all about it in our recent article): 18-80 mm zoom range, 4.4x ratio Maximum aperture: T4.4, equivalent to f/4.0 No ramping of aperture throughout zoom range Close focus MOD: 0.5 m Optical image stabilization: On/Off and three levels of stabilization Iris: Auto/Manual Auto Focus / Manual Focus Power through lens mount or connector Filter thread: 77 mm threads for screw-in front filters Front outside diameter: 84 mm Weight: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg Length: 7.2” / 182.3 mm Iris: 9 blades Servo handgrip: detachable with one screw Back focus adjustment under rear barrel Covers 31.4 mm image diagonal 20-pin connector for lens control and metadata: EIAJ RC5320A TYPE4 (5.5 mm diameter) Issues with the Canon Zoom 18-80mm T4.4 lens When we played with the lens, we noticed something quite odd. There were actually no hard stops on the focus ring, as you might expect from a traditional photo lens. Video shooters and cinematographers alike will have a more difficult time controlling focus, especially when using focusing tools like follow focus systems or wireless solutions. An odd decision from Canon since the lens is clearly positioned as a professional tool for (indie-) filmmakers, particularly at that price point—and one of the most annoying things when dealing with photo lenses for a video shoot is the lack of hard stops on the focus ring. The lack of hard stops probably justifies the very competitive price tag of the lens, but it feels like a slack tradeoff to me. What do you think about this issue? Dealbreaker or worth overlooking for the price tag? We will make sure to review of this new Canon Zoom Lens soon. Stay tuned for our updates.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 2nd September 2014
ZEISS has announced a completely new line of E-Mount prime lenses, Loxia, which cover the full 35mm (photo) sensor size. The first two that will be announced are 50 and 35mm versions, both of which start at f/2. They are completely newly designed E-Mount lenses specifically aimed at users of Sony’s A7 line, namely the A7, A7R and A7s – the last one of which is a beautiful camera for video shooters due to its insane low light ability and the quite decent built-in 50Mbps 8-bit XAVC S codec. These are fully manual lenses targeted at photographers and filmmakers who want to work with a very small kit. One of the Sony A7 series’ biggest advantages is the small size of its bodies. One downside is that many out of Sony’s range of E-Mount lenses (also the ones born out of a cooperation between Sony and Zeiss) is limited in terms of speed (most of the lenses aren’t faster than f/4). There are some faster primes but they are mainly made for autofocus and therefore not ideal for video use. The new Loxia line is entirely created by ZEISS without Sony’s involvement, and that’s why they went down the fully manual route.Read more
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