(Photos are of my actual lens)
There is a good reason Barry Ackroyd chose the Canon 8-64mm T2.4 as his primary lens on HURT LOCKER, it does everything right. Not only is it sharp, has one of the most useful zoom ranges of any lens and has an amazing close-focus, but it also has almost NO FOCUS BREATHING. Super 16 zooms are known for their bad focus breathing, and this lens has none at the wide end and almost none at the long end.
With a field of view that is roughly equivalent to a 14.5-115mm in Super 35 terms and a close focus that nearly touches the front of the lens, this is the ultimate documentary lens. There is rarely a moment where you feel like you can't get the shot you need or feel like you have to change lenses.
These days we can can really take advantage of these incredible, fast, light-weight zooms now that so many cameras offer a 16mm or 2K Center-Crop feature. Almost all of Sony's high-end Super 35 cameras, Arri, Canon, Panasonic and of course any RED camera all have the ability to take advantage of using the center of the image sensor and utilize some of the best glass out there. And of course the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has a native Super 16 sensor that pairs really well with this lens. Both my Sony FS7 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera are available to rent along with this lens.
Also, if you have used the 2K Center Crop feature with Fujinon or Canon 2/3" ENG lenses with the new optical adapters out there, you know from experience that you can't shoot the lenses wide-open because of all the crazy aberrations you get. I'm speaking from experience on this one. The best you can do is shoot at about a T2.8 / T4 split if you don't mind your wide angle shots being extremely soft. Also with the optical unit enlarging the image circle you lose about a stop of light. From the tests I did, you are actually shooting at about a T4.5 in order to get a usable image. Shooting with Super 16 lenses means there is no optical adapter between your lens and the camera, which means you not only retain the lens' characteristics and high speed but also it's depth of field.
Weather you want the ultimate documentary lens option or just want to capture the amazing vintage look of Super 16, this lens is such a great choice.
Maximum Aperture - T2.4
Close Focus - 22"
Front Diameter - 95mm
Weight - 4.25 lbs.
8-64mm T2.4 Super 16 Zoom
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