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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:57 AM   #1
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Ex3 & Ultra-wide Angle Fujinon Xs13x3.3brm

Hi everyone. I just got from B&H today my EX3. I will be doing testing throughout this week and posting some samples footage here also. I'm upgrading from a EX1 and first impressions are extremely positive as far as ergonomics and overall usability.

My next immediate quest is to find a wide-angle lens for the EX3. Does everyone know if the Fujinon XS13X3.3BRM (for 1/2" sensors) is a match for the EX3, or if I still need to wait for the XS8X4AS-XB8 (announced but not released) to become available?

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Old August 19th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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The XS13 should definitely work. The forthcoming 8x lens will be XDCAM EX mount, meaning you will have full autofocus and all other auto functions. The XS13 will give you auto iris but no autofocus. Now, would really want autofocus in the first place? Sometimes it is good to have.

I suspect the 8x will be less expensive by several thousand dollars. I have no idea at this point of release. Perhaps others on the board might have some kind of ETA.

Enjoy your EX3. I really love mine whether for serious stuff or last night's home video for YouTube of the cat eating corn on the cob.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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I called a Sony guy (from the office in San Jose) and he couldn't confirm any dates as far as availability goes, but they have one unit there and he's impressed with the results paired with the Ex-3.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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I think that Sony will introduce this wide angle at IBC in september.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #5
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I think that Sony will introduce this wide angle at IBC in september.
Sounds very logical.

I also imagine that it would be a good lens. Certainly the Fujinon on the EX1/3 is a very good lens considering the price point of the cameras.

Slightly OT, I've been looking at the archives of the XDCAM HD forum and noted a couple of years ago that some users reported excellent results with older ENG-style lens such as the Canon H series. One that sticks out is the Canon H9ax38IRS which is quite wide and which one user says he paired very successfully with his 350. In fact, his rig is currently on eBay for $16.5K-- camera and Canon lens.

I have no idea what this lens would currently fetch on the used market, but it might be interesting to pair it with the EX3 and shoot some tests.

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Old August 19th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #6
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The native EX3 FUJINON XS84AS-XB8 is listing an RRP of ¥420,000 in Japan. Unreleased of course, and who knows what street prices will be, but it's an indication I guess.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #7
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tested this lens ...

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The native EX3 FUJINON XS84AS-XB8 is listing an RRP of ¥420,000 in Japan. Unreleased of course, and who knows what street prices will be, but it's an indication I guess.
I gave this lens a go about 3 weeks ago in Tokyo. It's very good and very wide!
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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #8
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Looking forward to it!
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Old August 19th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #9
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I gave this lens a go about 3 weeks ago in Tokyo. It's very good and very wide!
I hope to have a look see myself in about 6 weeks. I was surprised how wide the stock EX3 is actually. Going from a 5.5x20 on a 1/3" to a 5.8x14 on 1/2", the EX3 was considerably wider, and the macro is very good too. You can butt the hood against an object and still retain focus!
A 4x8 at 1/2" will be around 21mm 35mm equivalent I think, how was the edge distortion on that?
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edge distortion ...

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I hope to have a look see myself in about 6 weeks. I was surprised how wide the stock EX3 is actually. Going from a 5.5x20 on a 1/3" to a 5.8x14 on 1/2", the EX3 was considerably wider, and the macro is very good too. You can butt the hood against an object and still retain focus!
A 4x8 at 1/2" will be around 21mm 35mm equivalent I think, how was the edge distortion on that?
I was at a demo and as far I saw, there was no distortion at the edges. It was very clean.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 01:09 AM   #11
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Thanks, it might be seriously worth considering then, rather than using a screw on wide adaptor. Have to break the piggy bank again just after gluing it together...
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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:20 AM   #12
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Any body knows where I can buy this lens? Is it available yet?

(EX3 FUJINON XS84AS-XB8)
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Old October 16th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #13
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Any body knows where I can buy this lens? Is it available yet?

(EX3 FUJINON XS84AS-XB8)
I asked about this today on the Sony stand at the IOV event in Coventry UK and he said Fujinon's wideangle for the EX3 should be released at the end of this month. He estimated a ball park price of "about 2000".
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Old October 17th, 2008, 02:23 AM   #14
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Thanks for your answer Andy!
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Old October 27th, 2008, 01:49 PM   #15
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The native EX3 FUJINON XS84AS-XB8 is listing an RRP of ?420,000 in Japan. Unreleased of course, and who knows what street prices will be, but it's an indication I guess.


I'm a patiently waiting for the release of this lens. It should have been available by now, no? Anybody any idea from where I can order it as soon as it's released?
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