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Digital Cinema Camera Equipment | Florida | Gulf Camera

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Gulf Camera specializes in Digital cinema camera and lens rentals in Florida. For the very best product at competitive rates give us a call.
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Lightweight Lenses Pack Heavyweight Punch

 

2013 heralds what promises to be a golden year for cinematographers and DPs everywhere thanks to the influx of several new lightweight zoom lenses.

 

Allowing a greater variety of compositions and perspectives and without the time-consuming lens changes demanded by prime lenses, lightweight zooms are increasingly becoming the lens of choice throughout the film and TV industry.

 

“A lightweight zoom lens is a great addition to the filmmakers’ tool kit.” Says Neal Norton of digital camera and lens rental specialists Gulf Camera. “Some might be a little bit faster, some might have a wider range of focal lengths, or the ability to focus just a little bit closer, but they’re all very versatile and they’re all available at Gulf Camera.” Whether you are shooting with handheld or on steadicam there’s no denying that zooms increase flexibility.

 

The first of Neal’s suggestions is the Angenieux 15-40 Optimo. A T2.6 lens suitable for handheld, steadicam and rig-work, the 15-40 was the first high-quality cine lens on the market. “It took the industry by storm and has been a just been a workhorse ever since.” Reckons Neal, adding that Angenieux also offer a very popular “little brother” 28-76 lens as well as the newest to the Optimo line, the 45-120 that is the perfect lens for close-ups. Oscar winning DP Guillermo Navarro is currently using Angenieux Optimo Lenses on his latest film, Pacific Rim.

 

Next up Neal shows off the long anticipated and highly sought after Fujinon 19-90. One of the newest lenses on the market, Fujinon themselves are also “New to the game with their premier line of lightweight cine zooms.” According to Neal.

 

“Their 19-90 is referred to as a Cabrio because you can use it either as a regular cine zoom – or very cleverly – it comes with an EFP-style handgrip so you can ‘run and gun’ and the operator can zoom right on the camera.” Neal is very impressed with the Fujinon and points out that it has the widest range of focal lengths of any of the current lightweight lenses on the market.  

 

Lastly Neal recommends the Canon 30-105 and its compact design. Another very new lens not widely available as yet, Neal says; “Canon has come out swinging with this lens. The newest to the lineup it’s just terrific for close-ups.” Gulf Camera is among the shortlist of specialists currently carrying the 30-105.

 

In summing up Neal points out that “All these lenses have a 114mm front lens diameter so you can change from one to the next without any changes in matte-box. Also they’re all within 1½lbs of each other; from the very lightest at about 4.5lbs to the heaviest that is just under 6lbs.

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Gulf Camera specializes in Digital cinema camera and lens rentals in Florida. For the very best product at competitive rates give us a call.
Samantha Bruno's insight:

2013 heralds what promises to be a golden year for cinematographers and DPs everywhere thanks to the influx of several new lightweight zoom lenses.

 

Allowing a greater variety of compositions and perspectives and without the time-consuming lens changes demanded by prime lenses, lightweight zooms are increasingly becoming the lens of choice throughout the film and TV industry.

 

“A lightweight zoom lens is a great addition to the filmmakers’ tool kit.” Says Neal Norton of digital camera and lens rental specialists Gulf Camera. “Some might be a little bit faster, some might have a wider range of focal lengths, or the ability to focus just a little bit closer, but they’re all very versatile and they’re all available at Gulf Camera.” Whether you are shooting with handheld or on steadicam there’s no denying that zooms increase flexibility.

 

The first of Neal’s suggestions is the Angenieux 15-40 Optimo. A T2.6 lens suitable for handheld, steadicam and rig-work, the 15-40 was the first high-quality cine lens on the market. “It took the industry by storm and has been a just been a workhorse ever since.” Reckons Neal, adding that Angenieux also offer a very popular “little brother” 28-76 lens as well as the newest to the Optimo line, the 45-120 that is the perfect lens for close-ups. Oscar winning DP Guillermo Navarro is currently using Angenieux Optimo Lenses on his latest film, Pacific Rim.

 

Next up Neal shows off the long anticipated and highly sought after Fujinon 19-90. One of the newest lenses on the market, Fujinon themselves are also “New to the game with their premier line of lightweight cine zooms.” According to Neal.

 

“Their 19-90 is referred to as a Cabrio because you can use it either as a regular cine zoom – or very cleverly – it comes with an EFP-style handgrip so you can ‘run and gun’ and the operator can zoom right on the camera.” Neal is very impressed with the Fujinon and points out that it has the widest range of focal lengths of any of the current lightweight lenses on the market.  

 

Lastly Neal recommends the Canon 30-105 and its compact design. Another very new lens not widely available as yet, Neal says; “Canon has come out swinging with this lens. The newest to the lineup it’s just terrific for close-ups.” Gulf Camera is among the shortlist of specialists currently carrying the 30-105.

 

In summing up Neal points out that “All these lenses have a 114mm front lens diameter so you can change from one to the next without any changes in matte-box. Also they’re all within 1½lbs of each other; from the very lightest at about 4.5lbs to the heaviest that is just under 6lbs.

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Gulf Camera specializes in Digital cinema camera and lens rentals in Florida. For the very best product at competitive rates give us a call.
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First announced at the NAB show in 2012, Fujinon’s eagerly awaited 19-90 has finally shipped to select specialists within North America. Called the ‘Cabrio’ thanks to it’s unique detachable zoom rocker with servo driver, the 19-90’s focal range is the longest of any lightweight zoom and the lens’ versatility allows it to be used as a PL cine lens or ENG lens.

 

Respected cinematographer and co-founder of Gulf Camera, Neal Norton, recently took delivery of the Florida lens and camera rental specialists’ first 19-90 Cabrio and was quick to give the new lens a workout.

 

“The Cabrio provides a whole new level of flexibility in PL mount lightweight zooms.” Said Neal after his initial tests with the lens. “For example, shooting Alexa in 16x9 at an 11’ distance from a 6’ tall person, you can produce a full-figure shot using 19mm and then zoom to a tight head and shoulders shot at 90mm.  Alternatively, if ‘run and gun’ suits your style, the Fujinon comes with an integrated, removable handgrip featuring zoom control that will allow operators to sneak in smooth shifts in focal length.”

 

A quick run down of the Cabrio’s specs show it to be a similar weight to Angenieux’s Optimo 15-40 and 28-76 lenses (4.8lbs without handgrip), 1/2” longer than the Optimo 45-120 (8 4/5” in total), and the frontal diameter of 114mm matches the Optimo exactly. So the Cabrio’s numbers are favorable, but does it live up to its promise? Neal Norton thinks so, and was quick to praise the Cabrio’s performance.

 

“Mechanically it looks and feels like a quality cine lens should.” Neal observed. “The iris is very smooth and goes from T2.9 to T22 and then closes completely. The zoom is also smooth and the lens markings are clear and should be easy to read in low light”

 

“The 19-90 allows quick adjustment of back focus. A check on back-focus proved painless, the contrast is superb, and checking for focus is a snap. Once the back focus was set I put the lens through my normal lens check for focus accuracy at minimum, 4’, 6’, 10’ and infinity, and all were spot-on at both 19mm and 90mm. Then I put the lens on an Alexa and checked for zoom tracking and found it also to be very good.”

 

Having tried the Cabrio in the studio, Neal next took it out on location for its debut in the ‘real-world’, which it also passed with flying colors. “My first shoot with the 19-90 was a 4-day commercial.” He explains. “I paired the 19-90 with an Angenieux Optimo 24-290 on an Alexa camera. The Cabrio was a great compliment to the big 12-1 and for tight interiors and handheld work it was a great choice. The macro slider allows a fine adjustment that came in very handy.”

 

Even the Cabrio’s unique zoom handgrip elicited a good word from Neal who reckoned that it was easy to remove and reinstall. “It took 5 minutes and would be faster after a time or two. Although I would recommend doing this on a well-lit bench with no distractions, and not on a lens mounted to a camera on a dolly with the first AD breathing down your neck!” His one complaint was that the rubber cover protecting the handgrips mounting pins wasn’t the most durable material in the world. He also noted that the 19-90 Cabrio came with no lens support bracket, which placed additional stress on the lens mount. However, his Gulf Camera co-founder Alan Degen designed and manufactured one in under a week which was used on the Cabrio’s first paying work.

 

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