What Makes for a Good Zoom Lens for Video?

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OP Markr041 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,651
Re: What Makes for a Good Zoom Lens for Video?

Interceptor121 wrote:

A good lens is the Panasonic 10-25mm it has little focus breathing silent focus motors and clickless aperture (did not see this in your list)

It is not power zoom but that is not an issue as I do not zoom while shooting in fact I think power zoom are more a camcorder thing

There is no equivalent tele but the 50-200mm I have makes focus transitions that make no recorded noise.

A real cinema lens is of course something totally different and of course entirely manual

Yes, indeed, clickless aperture. Thanks.

But, I was with you until your sneering comment about power zooms on camcorders. For goodness sake, $50,000+ TV cameras have power zooms, and they are used extensively professionally to shoot sports events and concerts. The Sony FX9 has power zoom controls - is that a "camcorder"? We are talking about video, so naturally power zooms were on cheap video cameras, because zooming is an important ability for many video uses.

Does your 50-200mm lens suffer from "breathing" though? This is a common problem that is conspicuous when pulling focus.

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