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Re: Eclair Cameras: Shooting 35mm lenses on 16mm camera-response
Some lenses hold focus throughout the zoom range, some don't. Motion
picture lenses do, because zooming during a shot is one of the things for
which you'd choose to shoot with a zoom lens.
Two things about still lenses:
1) Some of 'em don't hold focus. I have a nice Vivitar 28 - 135mm lens for
my Canon camera, which I don't like very much for that reason. I bought it
so I'd have a wide focal length range when I'm out hiking, or on a boat, or
just messing around. It's a tough lens to use and wouldn't be very usefull
on a motion picture camera.
2) The zoom ring and the focus ring are two different things on a motion
picture lens. On a still lens, the zoom ring usually 'floats' along the
barell of the lens to change the focal length. Therefore, if you're
zooming, and your hand rotates a little, you'd change your focus.
C'mon, people. Have some comittment. Instead of looking for the 'almost
good enough but cheap' solution, use the right tools. It'll free you up to
concentrate on the creative aspects of the art!!
Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Raymond" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: Eclair Cameras: Shooting 35mm lenses on 16mm camera-response
Thanks, and that does answer PART of my question, but the main one is that
people claim the zooming on the Nikon will not look proper on film, and
these lenses are not set up properly to zoom while filming?
The lens that is on the camera is the 35-135, or something like that, and
says it is fine, but many people say it is not good to zoom with Nikon
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Marks" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:42 PM
Subject: RE: Eclair Cameras: Shooting 35mm lenses on 16mm camera-response
> Hi Eric - Because the 16mm format is so much smaller than 35mm stills,
> it's a given that you'll see a telephoto effect when you adapt 35mm
> still lenses to your 16mm movie camera. For example, a 50mm "normal"
> lens for your Nikon will become a 50mm "telephoto" lens on your Beaulieu
> because you're just capturing a small rectangle within the circular
> image projected by the lens. The good news here is that you're using the
> highest performing part of of the lens - the "sweet spot" in the center.
> What I'd like to know is how these lenses compare to regular primes,
> like the Schneiders and Zeiss lenses. Of course, you know that
> everything intended for stills work will cover Super 16 with room to
> spare. I'm wondering how my 17mm Tamron might work as a slightly wide
> This also, of course, means that finding a good wide angle of 10 or 12mm
> is a problem - there's the cosina/voigtlander 12mm lens in Leica thread
> mount but it's maximum aperture is f5.6 - not really useful for S16
> work. I guess for a really wide lens one just has to use one of the
> lenses intended for S16.
> email@example.com wrote:
> > raymond,
> > i have used a couple of cheap, older nikon lenses a couple months back
> > using a nikon to c-mount adapter on my super8 and 16mm beaulieu
> > i also used some other mounts for other 35mm still lenses, again,
> > lenses i borrowed from soem of my friends here that have still 35mm
> > cameras in their closets. i do not personally own any of these still
> > 35mm lenses. but the film, upon receivng it back from processing and
> > telecine, looked good. mind you, i had only shot a couple thousand
> > of film prior to those specific experiments, and was using
> > differnat/various cameras for which i was neither accostumed to, nor
> > completely dialed in. but i did make sure is was in focus by zooming
> > the lenses, setting to infinity, and opening hte iris all the way and
> > then i focussed the viewfinder so everythign was clear/in focus, and
> > then i adjusted the lens down to 5', and used a tape measure to check
> > i was in focus at 5', and i was for the most part with the differnat
> > lensessome i could not focus below 10-15'.. so after doing this i
> > filmed both indoors and outdoors using my colorbar slate, and i used
> > range of the lens(es) and aside from some improperly exposed film(due
> > my lack of experience), all the footage came out great. however,
> > everything seemed like i was using a 2x adapter on one of my normal
> > c-mount lenses ... everything was more like a telephoto lens, wherein
> > the subject was in focus, but anything behind or in front was not.
> > was at close distances. i did not shot much footage otherwise,
> > everything in frame was in focus, but i did shoot a little, and indeed
> > everything in frame was in focus when the lens was opened wide, not
> > zoomed. but the actual frame/image still looked like i was using a
> > telephoto. perhaps i am not explaning this correctly ... do you know
> > what i am trying to say? am i making sense to anyone?
> > i will upload these tests once i get my computer apple setup. perhaps
> > then you wll understand what i am saying. i think that if one were to
> > use 35mm still lenses on 16mm cameras, they just need to know things
> > will seemed magnified and seemingly zoomed, even when the lens is not.
> > ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> > From: Raymond <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Reply-To: EclairACL@topica.com
> > Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 15:05:02 -0700
> > >If you find out, let me know, as I am considering the same. I would
> > >to
> > >know if anyone has used Nikon lenses on either 16mm, S16 or 35mm? Do
> > >zoom lenses function the same to zoom while filming. Some people say
> > >yes,
> > >others say no, and I have an Eclair I want to buy in S16 that HAS the
> > >Nikon
> > >adapter, so I need to know this?
> > >
> > >Raymond
> > >----- Original Message -----
> > >From: "Ian Marks" <email@example.com>
> > >To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > >Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 8:26 PM
> > >Subject: Eclair Cameras: Shooting 35mm lenses on 16mm camera
> > >
> > >
> > >> Does anyone have experience using 35mm still photography lenses to
> > >> normal or super-16? I just bought a cheap Nikon to "C" mount
> > >> Ebay. I have also seen a Nikon to Eclair mount adapter on the net.
> > >> have some fast Nikkors which generally perform well for stills wide
> > >> open. Short of shooting a test, can anyone tell me if these will
> > >> good results?
> > >>
> > >> - Ian Marks
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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