Behind The Lens – Fujinon MK 18-55 & Canon Cinema Zoom 15.5-47 & 30-105
Matt Porwoll and AbelCine have gotten together to produce a series on Zoom lenses from the perspective of the Documentary Filmmaker. Zoom lenses seemed to have fallen out of style for some time with the idea that primes were more cinematic. In the last 5 years there has been a resurgence of the use of zooms, and a supply of very high quality cinema zoom options on the market. Matt takes a technical look at a few and give his opinion on each lens’ aesthetic and what applications he finds them appropriate.
Fujinon MK 18-55
A sony e-mount lens weighting 2.16lbs with T2.9 though the entire 18-55 range. The lightweight and ergonomic design makes it great for handheld solo operators. Slight vignetting until 5.6 and above, and the lens is sharp wide open but peaks at T4 and up. Very little breathing expressed in the lens.
Canon CN-E 15.5-47 & 30-105 Compact Zooms
These are Canon’s compact cinema zoom lenses and commonly used together in a combo. Both are T2.8 throughout the entire range with dampened movement for smooth zoom, focus, and aperture pulls. Producing a higher contrast image v.the Fujinon lens, the iris design creates a slight stretched bokeh with a pointed top and bottom in out of focus highlights.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.