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Old June 4th, 2015, 02:26 AM   #1
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Longer zoom for FS7?

We shoot a lot of Multi cam stuff, and in the past we used two fs100's with the Sony 18-200, sony Vg30, and
For the longest zoom, the nx5u.
But now that I , and two guys I work with, have Fs7's, I'm trying to stick with these cameras.
I did a test for a client who asked, and realized that for a head shot with a few inches of head room and maybe 6" below the chin, the fs7 with the 18-200 couldn't be any farther than 29 feet. The nx5u, on the other hand, got the same framing at 55 feet.
So I 'd like to know what lens anybody's using for increased distance zoom. I don't know if there are extenders for the 18-200's, but with any stop loss, those lenses would be un usable in low light.
I'd appreciate any feedback.
By the way, does Sony make an extender for the new 24-105 f4?
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Old June 4th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #2
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Re: Longer zoom for FS7?

I meant the 28-105.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 03:26 AM   #3
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Re: Longer zoom for FS7?

You could check out the the high end cine zooms, which are 25 to 250mm, but come at a higher rental cost and weight. Alternately, you could use a telephoto zoom, which go up to 300mm, but have around 75mm at the wide end and commonly some aperture ramping.

Unfortunately, there is a reason why broadcasters use 2/3 cameras for this type of work.

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Re: Longer zoom for FS7?

Don't forget that Sony has said the FS7 will have the center crop feature (same as F55 and F5) with a future firmware update. So, for example, a 50-150 f/2.8 would become a 100-300 f/2.8 as long as you don't need 4K. Or a 70-200 f/2.8 becomes a 140-400 f/2.8. That will solve your problem of having a fast, long lens, that won't break the bank.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 10:19 AM   #5
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Re: Longer zoom for FS7?

Brian,
Which specific telephoto zoom are you referring to?

Doug,
Any idea when that firmware update will be available? That would be really helpfull.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #6
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Re: Longer zoom for FS7?

Sony has only said "Future Update" so it is anyone's guess as to the timetable.
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Brian,
Which specific telephoto zoom are you referring to?
I was looking at the Canon, but there are others, problem being they are usually varifocal, so not suitable for doing zooms.
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