Agreed. Low-budget-documentary crowd is in for a treat. So can you see why many are underwhelmed?
More like an ENG zoom, at best. Basically it's a glorified slow photo zoom with a servo:
- T4.4 means it's not a good option for neither low-light, nor shallow DOF. Modern cine applications often require larger apertures for these reasons, so I wouldn't take this as my only lens on narrative work.
- Short focus throw (somewhat better than photo, but not on par with proper cine-zooms) and lack of proper focus marks - means hard time for your focus puller. I hope to god it's not fly-by-wire, even though it doesn't say that anywhere and that windowed focus scale makes me suspicious. Also just look at that throw between 6ft-to-30ft - it's like 4-5 degrees - and imagine nailing the marks there, especially with a wireless follow focus, not relying on monitors.
- Fixed EF mount limits your camera options significantly, unless you're keen on 3rd party adapters and limited camera choice. You want to shoot your film on the Alexa? Not with this lens.
- You want to shoot on RED and cover full frame? Too bad. Hence - not really future proof. I know few cine zooms actually cover full frame, but that's something that protects your investment and gives you more options to start with, if you invest today.
Point is - it has some merits to it, spec-wise, and it can fit *certain* applications, (can't say anything about the picture quality yet) but it still has a lot of boxes to tick to be considered a proper "cine-zoom".
Nice! Looking very good! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for the interview, but where's the new footage? All this footage has been released earlier.
These look TOP NOTCH! Just from the look of it, wouldn't mind trying these over an FF-4.
Sounds cool! What's that?