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Old February 26th, 2017, 08:03 PM   #16
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Re: E PZ 18110mm F4 G OSS. The lens you've been waiting for at a price you can't aff

I don't know how much I'll actually be using it.... I never use the 28-135 all that much. Most of the time I have primes or Canon glass on there. But for the money it seems like a nice run n gun lens so far.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 04:24 PM   #17
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I went by Abel Cine in NYC today to check out the lens on their demo unit. I found out some operational things which were mostly positive. I probably will buy one soon.
The manual focus is very nice but if you find yourself in need of a closer focus than the .95m distance you get in full manual then the Auto Manual setting on the lens lets you focus around 10 inches from the lens. You could do a rack focus manually while in this mode. Very little breathing. The focus marks don't apply in this mode so not quite as nice as it could be.
The zoom with Sony handle while pretty good is not as responsive as the zooms I have used on my broadcast cameras but seemed usable.
The auto iris function is a little strange since you seem to have to put the iris in the Auto position which is past the f4 position of the iris. Not momentary Auto Iris while in manual is possible.
Lens felt pretty good handheld. Much better than the 18-105.
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Before buying this lens I would definitely have a look at Fuji's new 18-55 T2.9 - cheaper, faster and better build quality but not the same focal length. Also no autofocus, but true manual focus and no power zoom (as yet) but geared for one. Parfocal, backfocus and macro ring and all reviews seem to be very positive about the quality.

They're also bringing out a longer lens (50 -135 I think?) later this year. Sigma also has 2 new cine zooms which are probably worth checking out but they aren't parfocal (so how are they cine zooms?) and the long one breathes a lot (apparently)...
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Old March 28th, 2017, 03:09 PM   #19
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Re: E PZ 18110mm F4 G OSS. The lens you've been waiting for at a price you can't aff

John,
One of the main reasons to buy the Sony Lens is the power zoom concept. Also the longer reach makes sense to me. Of course it would be good to compare the optics side by side. NAB might be interesting to see what other lenses might be announced.
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Old May 27th, 2017, 10:31 AM   #20
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I've been curious about this 18-110 mm OSS lens so thought I would give it a quick trial on the FS7. All in all for the price I think it'a pretty good value for a useful focal length constant aperture lens, albeit f/4, that's not too heavy and comes with a servo zoom.

Could not get it to loose focus even with repeated manual crash zooms. Something you couldn't do with the earlier 28-135 version. That was zoom by fly-by-wire. This 18-110 is a true mechanical zoom with servo assistance though it does use electronic focus tracking to keep the lens groups working in a parfocal way even when you use 100% manual focusing.

It acquits itself quite well. It doesn't have any serious vices that would stop me working with one. For a 4K capable six times zoom for UD$3.5K I don't think there is anything out there to come close to it.

The only thing I felt was a bit off putting at the start was the slight lag on the iris ring of all things. It is a mechanical iris ring but it connects to the internal iris blades via a servo. Once I knew what it was doing I was okay with it, On the plus side it kinda softens any accidental iris jerks,

Summing up I'll probably get one sooner than later.

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