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  • Logan LeBlanc
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    Thanks for the suggestion Kahn. Not sure I can drop the money on a new monitor just yet though.

    Anyone else?

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  • Steve Kahn
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    I never use it. I just use focus in red alone NOT in conjunction with the EVF DTL on.

    Before my last shoot I picked up a TV Logic 5.6" monitor and it has cut my focus worries and time to get critical focus in more than half. Highly recommend going that (kind of) route to ensure focus.

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  • Logan LeBlanc
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    Has anyone else had any issues the the EVF DTL function suddenly shutting off?

    I've noticed that on my last 2-3 shoots, I'd notice that it the LCD looked soft and, low and behold, the EVF DTL function was off.

    Anyone?

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  • Inveresk
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    Originally posted by Tim Langston View Post
    I wish we had a little more zoom, like a 14 - 175.
    4X zoom range is hardly stellar but the lens operates pretty well otherwise.

    The logic behind the Lumix range of lenses is hard to understand. Why two 14 - 42mm and a 14 - 45mm? Why a 45 - 175mm and a 45 - 200mm? I appreciate they are designing across a broad range of M43 cameras of varying costs but the current line up seems strangely uncoordinated.
    Last edited by Inveresk; 06-25-2012, 09:25 AM.

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  • Inveresk
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    It sounds like your Varizoom is damaged. The focus knob on mine has about 230 degrees of rotation with stops at both ends of travel. It can also focus from 2.95 feet to just past infinity.

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  • Tim Langston
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    Just got the 45 - 175mm power zoom lens. Hooked it up to my VariZoom controller and it works. However, the focus on the VariZoom will only allow up to 10 meters, I unplug the VariZoom and I can focus to infinity on the camera. Hmmmm, I wonder if I've wacked the controller when it was attached to my tripod, the focus knob will rotate completely around. Other than that, it works pretty good. But, I'm spoiled by the feathering off of the zooms on my Fujinon. I'll have to play around a bit more, I wish we had a little more zoom, like a 14 - 175.

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  • Inveresk
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    Originally posted by Tim Langston View Post
    Alright, alright, I placed my order for the 45 - 175mm X lens. I figure if I like it I'll sell my 14 - 140mm and re cop some cash. Can't wait to try this on the Cobra Crane.

    We better keep this quiet until we sell our 14 - 140's. HA!!!

    Tim
    I'll be interested to hear your opinion of the lens.

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  • Tim Langston
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    Alright, alright, I placed my order for the 45 - 175mm X lens. I figure if I like it I'll sell my 14 - 140mm and re cop some cash. Can't wait to try this on the Cobra Crane.

    We better keep this quiet until we sell our 14 - 140's. HA!!!

    Tim

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  • Inveresk
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    Originally posted by Tim Langston View Post
    Thanks, it's tempting, I'm currently using a B4 adapter with a Fujinon lens set on 2x. Seems to work pretty good, even though some have said it's not the greatest. And of course I always have to use rails to hold the lens.
    I have four Lumix zoom lenses including the 14 - 140mm (newly acquired), a 25mm Voigtlander and a 14 - 200mm Nikon G lens. The 45 - 175mm x lens is top of my zooms - internal zoom, fast auto focus, next to no hunting and no discernible breathing (which makes the Nikon all but unusable). I so like the power zoom I'm about to sell the 14 - 140mm and replace it with the 14 - 42mm Lumix x, though it is not internal zoom.

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  • Tim Langston
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    Thanks, it's tempting, I'm currently using a B4 adapter with a Fujinon lens set on 2x. Seems to work pretty good, even though some have said it's not the greatest. And of course I always have to use rails to hold the lens.

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  • Inveresk
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    I find it holds focus when going wide but can inconsistently lose an edge the other way. Sometimes it holds but not always.

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  • Tim Langston
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    One more question, do they hold focus when zooming, or do you need to leave the camera on auto focus?

    Thanks,
    Tim

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  • Inveresk
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    Originally posted by Tim Langston View Post
    Is the zoom on these lenses variable or do they zoom at a constant speed?
    Zoom speed is variable. Control is much better using the Varizoom rocker than the lever on the lens.

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  • Tim Langston
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    Is the zoom on these lenses variable or do they zoom at a constant speed?

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  • Barry_Green
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    It is true that the zoom is enabled on the AF100, for power zoom lenses. It was never discussed in the early days, and if you notice on the back of the AF100, the zoom remote port doesn't say "zoom" on it(!) It just says record start/stop, but that port is the one that also provides zoom control.

    Possibly it wasn't mentioned because at the time of manufacture, maybe there was no plan for making power-zoom lenses. So maybe they just implemented the same circuitry from the HVX/HPX/HMC etc., but didn't bother to label it as "zoom" because there were no lenses that could be used? But now there are; both the Lumix X pancake 14-42(?) and 45-175 have power zoom and can be used in a situation where remote zoom is mandatory.

    Yes, if the 12-35 had power zoom capability, that would certainly make it an amazing option, but as I understand it, it doesn't have that.

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