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Old October 25th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #1
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Quality of - FUJINON TH17X5 ?

Hi guys

Just wondering whether anyone can share any views on the quality of the FUJINON TH17X5 when compared to the stock x16 !??

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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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It's noticeably sharper at telephoto and at full wide, with no real difference in the middle.

It also has a zippier servo.

Is it worth spending the extra $3k over the 16x? I think if you have a budget for upgrades, then yes. If things are tight then hold off.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 04:11 AM   #3
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That gives me a good overview of what I would expect.

Many thanks for the viewpoint.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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I would agree with Justin's comments. I have not regretted putting the 17x on my 200.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #5
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Not only sharper, but also a lot 'cleaner' above 40mm. Chromatic abberation is less there and sharpness isn't lost at edges. I'd say you can use the 17x in the total range, while -for the best quality- you should use the 16x between 5.5 and +/- 40mm...

Worth the money.

The 13x is even better :-)
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Old October 27th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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OK, has anyone spent the money on the 18x4.2?

I'd like to put the 17x on my "B" camera and the 18x on my "A" camera. I don't think I can justify the 13x...
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Old October 27th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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The 18x is even more expensive then the 13x. Choose the 13x for its incredible wide-angle. The 18x is still cleaner then the 17x, but with a rather similar range.

By the way, the 18x is now available with extenfder for about 15K.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #8
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Thanks Werner but it's seldom that I need a "true" wide angle. The 20% wider FOV of the 4.2mm versus the 5.5mm is probably all I really need. Plus, I'd like a lens I can just leave on the camera and have a premium lens at my disposal without needing to change up lenses. Mind you, if I won the lottery, I'd buy all three. But then again, if I won the lottery, I'd be looking at the 4:2:2 XDCam disc based system...
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