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The Angenieux EZ-1: Affordable and Flexible Cine Zoom

The Angenieux EZ-1 30-90mm T2 Super35 zoom lens is one of a handful of lenses in the quickly expanding category of affordable cine-zooms. For a long time, cinema zooms were always two things: heavy and expensive. In the past year or so, we have seen manufacturers innovate and release a new group of lightweight cinema zooms. To name a few: Zeiss 21-100mm, Sigma 18-35mm / 50-100mm, Fujinon 18-55mm, and Canon 18-80mm. As a documentary and commercial shooter, it has been great to see this huge increase in choices at a reasonable price. I find myself taking the Angenieux on set because of its size, its flexibility, and its wide open performance.

First and foremost, the size, weight, and handling of this lens is superb. It is well-balanced and weighs in at just 4lbs. I shoot a lot of handheld and gimbal work so weight is always a factor. Having built-in focus, iris, and zoom gears is a big advantage in both keeping the lens streamlined and removing any extra weight from add-on 3rd party focus gears. The EZ-1 also features rubberized grips along the lens for better control when not using a follow focus. This lens is built with the operator in mind.

In the documentary world, staying flexible on set is a must. The ability to quickly go from PL to EF to E mount on set with no tools is a big deal. Pairing lenses and sensors is a big part of a cinematographer’s job these days — both from an aesthetics standpoint and a function standpoint. This lens is equally at home on a Sony a7S wedged inside a car as it is on a 35mm ARRI film camera on a dolly. In addition to the lens mount, you can also change the rear optical block to go from covering just Super35 to covering full frame/ VistaVision. 

There is a certain feeling imbued into lenses by each manufacturer. A subtle difference that doesn’t come across in technical specifications but is often talked about amongst cinematographers and is unique to that manufacturer. Angenieux’s reputation is one of the best in the industry. The EZ-1 fits in easily amongst its family members and delivers the same consistent colors and pleasing sharpness that one should expect from Angenieux.  

-Harvey Burrell, Guest Blogger and Co-founder of Windy Films

 

SHOWROOM DEMO with the New Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Cine E-Mount Lens

Fujinon stops by the RBC Showroom with the new MK18-55mm T2.9 Cine E-Mount Zoom lens (parfocal, no breathing, 2.2 lbs and 4K under $4k!). Join us for a free demo anytime between 10:30am-2:30pm and learn about the many features of this new lens, including:

• High optical performance and T2.9 across the entire zoom range

• Suppresses focus shifts and optical axis shifts while zooming as well as lens breathing by using optical and mechanical designs, not electronic controls

• Fully manual operation with 3 mechanical lens rings, 200º focus rotation, 0.8M gear pitch and seamless iris

• 980g compact, lightweight body thanks to Super 35mm sensor compatibility and dedicated E-mount design

Click here to RSVP.  This event is free.

This lens will be coming soon to Rule Rentals and is available to buy from Rule Sales. Click here to email us or call 800-rule-com.

Watch our new IN THE SHOWROOM video series for a look at the latest equipment + technology available to buy or rent here at Rule Boston Camera.

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