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Old October 28th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #31
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That's the same rig I played with at Photo Plus. In fact, the journalist who wrote the article had the press appointment before me. He also photographed me holding the rig, but I wasn't as compelling a subject as the Japanese women.

Week after next when I have the rig for a couple of days I'll post some shots.

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Old October 29th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #32
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Old October 29th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #33
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The EX1 heritage really shows there, doesn't it?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 09:32 PM   #34
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Yes, Duke. Lens looks exactly like the EX lens except it is one big monster.

As I said, more after I have it for a day or two.

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Old November 13th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #35
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Anyone had the chance to play with the lens anymore?
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Old November 13th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #36
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I'm looking at it right now but it goes back in the AM.

I'll be writing a more complete review of the lens as well as of the SR R1 HDCAM SR solid state recorder later in the week,

It is a big and I mean big lens. Same controls as EX lenses. With 1.2 firmware (still to be released) rocker zoom works and choice of auto or manual as well as SteadyShot stabilization. Not a lot of contrast. Not a lot of detail. Respectable lens to make the F3 more of a run and gun or ENG type camera. Keep the perspective then, and if those functions are what you need, this lens will do it.

No lens markings. But if you're shooting ENG, distance is less critical than if shooting cinema. Short focus throw makes pulling focus very hard. But, then again, this is an ENG lens.

Another option is the 2/3" lens adapter from Abel and buy a used 2/3" lens.

Keep in mind the lens has a list of $12,200 and aprox street of $9900. Sony is offering a $1500 rebate for early F3 adopters (don't know when the cut off is) so that brings your cost down to $8400.

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Old November 14th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #37
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Looking forward to your review Ned! Where can we find the review when you write it?
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Old November 14th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #38
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Ned, can you check for the iris stepping as opposed to being smooth. So far I have only played with pre-production units and these have all stepped. I've been told the production units should be smooth.
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Old November 14th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #39
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My unit was also preproduction. It stepped.

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 03:33 PM   #40
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Going Handheld with the Sony F3Ned Soltz, Ned Soltz, Ned Soltz

Do you have any sample footage from your shoot or any screen grabs Ned?
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 09:34 PM   #41
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I'll try to get something up. Going absolutely nuts trying to keep up at the moment...

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 10:14 PM   #42
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I'll try to get something up. Going absolutely nuts trying to keep up at the moment...

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:32 AM   #43
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Ned, good review. I would say you were very fair with the pros and cons. Having used the lens a little bit myself, I agree with most of the comments from all three of you.
It's not a lens for me, but I can see where it might fit in for someone else.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 12:45 AM   #44
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Another review about the zoom lens:

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Old November 25th, 2011, 07:11 AM   #45
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It telescopes! Another compromise. I can see the lens having certain uses, but at that price and with all those compromises its going to be a small group of people that want it.

I think what I'd want is approx 18-100mm, no telescoping, F2.8 throughout at $6k instead of $12k, but I don't think that's likely. I'd buy if they made it though.
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