People were starting to think that a cheap, compact, lightweight, parfocal, constant aperture, zoom lens with a decent range, that covers a S35 sensor was impossible to design. Search for another lens that ticks all those boxes. They don't exist.
Will they shoot the next Avengers movie on it? Probably not, but this lens is going to be an instant classic with the low-budget-documentary crowd.
Wow! Anyone who shoots documentaries with large sensor cameras is already familiar with the canon 24-105 f4. This lens looks similar, except you won't have to adjust the iris and re-focus every time you change focal lengths. The price is a steal if you actually shoot things for money.
This looks really fun. I can't wait to play with one.
I don't understand how using the hdmi output could break the camera. That's crazy.
If the footage ends up looking better than your standard fixed lens camcorder, I could definitely imagine buying a bunch of these for my students. The form factor is great for learning the basics.
A lot of colleges have switched to DSLR, but the lack of audio is a deal breaker. And in my experience, C100's are too scary for beginners. This camera might be the sweet spot.
The video certainly proves it's point. I picked out the CP every time. Then I mixed up the Ultra Prime and the Canon every time. At least I'm consistently wrong.