Canon 14x or 16x manual zoom lens? - Page 3 at
DV Info Net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog
Can't find it on the XL1 Watchdog site? Discuss it here.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 7th, 2002, 05:53 PM   #31
New Boot
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Milano Italy
Posts: 14
Manual 14x Vs Manual 16x

I just bought a Manual 14x Canon lens from ebay cause of my limited budget and now i'm just curious on the main differences between the "old" 14x and the new 16x of the lens.

I'd say i'm almost a newbie that loves his Xl1s, video and CG in general and actually this 14x and the 3x i'm trying to have are just my Xmas personal self made gifts (no more money for holidays:})

I found this link ( really interesting and the whole website too... but i wish to have more concrete comparison between those two lens... i'm pretty sure i'll surely have loots of fun with the 14x and i wonder what i "miss" with the 16x...

the link above talks about servo zoom differences.. what are they changing the way i use it or advantages using it?

thanks in advance for all your impressions.

[after looking around the forum.....]

SORRY.... i really found lots of information i was looking for just doing some "search" in this forum... so i can consider my topic Closed... sorry again.

:: life is short, then you die.
Jean-Claude Nouchy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2003, 05:18 PM   #32
Regular Crew
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Cerritos, CA
Posts: 78
XL1s 16x Manual Lens ---VS--- Fujinon 14x

i need some help

anyone got info about which is better (in quality and DOF and stuff like that) and which has better glass

not the fact that the fujinon doesnt communicate with the xL..... more visual differences . and... a conclusion on which to buy

any input?

Arthur To is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2003, 05:36 PM   #33
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Saguenay, Québec, Canada
Posts: 1,051
Don't forget to look at the Canon's 14 x manual lens. The Fujinon 14x was mostly used before the canon 14X hit the streets.

Both lenes are great, the 14X are fully manual and it have a manual iris control also but no built-in neutral density filter.

The 16 X can be switched from manual zoom to servo controled zoom (not focus) and have 2 built-in neutral density filters. However, the iris control must be done via the little wheel on the camera, like with the 16X stock lens.

In terms of quality, both lenes are equal I think. You should be able to find the 14 X for less money than the 16X too.
Jean-Philippe Archibald -
Jean-Philippe Archibald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 9th, 2003, 07:20 AM   #34
Regular Crew
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Ada, Oklahoma
Posts: 92
I have owned all three of the lenses (Fuj 14x, Can 14x, and Can 16x). I hated the Canon 14x manual. I think I got a bad one because the back focus would never set right. However, I really liked the Fujinon 14x. It had a very nice picture quality and I liked the iris dial on the lens barrel. It is small too. More like a film camera zoom than a ENG type lens. The last lens I owned before I sold my XL1 was the 16x mechanical. That is a very nice lens as well. Canon more then made up for the lack luster 14X they threw at us. Great picture quality and a nice working peice of gear. Depending on your needs, the two lenses work in slightly different ways. The Fujinon would be cheaper, but used. If I were shooting a controlled film, i.e. controlled lighting, locations, actors, etc. I would feel fine using the Fujinon. Because you are going to need to manually set white balance, exposure and possibly use ND filters. Whereas the 16x is more of a run and gun lens because the camera body will do auto everything except focus. The exposure ring on the fujinon is a lot better then the Canon 16x because you can dial in anywhere along the latitude, half, quarter stops. The 16x uses the camera body dial and only sets exposure in steps. The coolest thing about the 16x canon is that the exposure registers at f1.6 at wide angle and STAYS there all the way through the zoom! Plus you get a little more reach than the 14x fujinon. I used this all the time because I could get incredible DOF. The internal ND filters in the Canon 16x are okay but for serious work I would put one in flont of the lens anyway. Over all, I would go with the Canon 16x over the Fujinon 14x. That is my own opinion.

Will Boggs
DustBowl Productions
Will Boggs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 9th, 2003, 12:29 PM   #35
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 6,807
I've used the 14x Canon with absolutely no problems. Will, it sounds like you got a bad one, it's the first time I've heard complaints about it.

On the 16x Canon, the front element doesn't rotate so you can use a clip on mattebox; not so with the Canon 14x and I'm not sure about the Fuji?

Also in the case of the Fuji there is the issue of the camera not recognizing the lens; you can remove the "no lens" flasher in the viewfinder on the XL1s (not the XL1) but on either camera I believe that it will not save white balance settings when you exit shooting mode for playback or power down the camera, which is a real pain.

My personal recommendation is the Canon 14x; it's very good optically, a real iris ring and inexpensive these days. If I had experienced back focus issues such as Will has I'd be turned off also, however I haven't seen that on the multiple 14x's I've worked with.
Charles Papert
Charles Papert is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY USA

Scan Computers Int. Ltd.
+44 0871-472-4747
Bolton, Lancashire UK

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:30 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2021 The Digital Video Information Network