Zoom lenses for studio camera

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jojoguy10

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Zoom lenses for studio camera

PostSun Sep 19, 2021 1:12 am

Hello all,

I just bought a studio camera 4k pro and the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm lens (from the list of lenses that worked with both zoom and focus demands). The problem is that lenses doesn't have the range of zoom I need and am looking at other options. I need a lenses that can zoom out way further (thinking around 20mm) and zoom in a bit more (about 200mm). Obviously the list of lenses for zoom and focus demands is very short, but I don't need remote control from an ATEM, I just need control from a set of demands on the tripod.

Does anyone have any other lens control options I can use to control focus and zoom on a lens that are also MFT mount?

Thanks!
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Schmidt127

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Re: Zoom lenses for studio camera

PostWed Sep 22, 2021 9:36 pm

Where do you find the list of lenses that work with the focus and zoom demands and can be controlled from an ATEM Switcher.

Thank you.

Mike
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Re: Zoom lenses for studio camera

PostThu Sep 23, 2021 11:04 am

Any native Micro 4/3 lenses that have electrical contacts and can be controlled by the camera through the lens mount should work with the zoom and focus demands and could also be controlled remotely from an ATEM Switcher.

The problem is that there are only 4 native Micro 4/3 lenses that have been designed with internal zoom motors to enable power zoom capability (sometimes called servo zoom or electronic zoom). Here is the list:
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/faq/59009

There are lots of Micro 4/3 lenses with electronic control of focus, but the vast majority of these have a manual zoom ring that needs to be operated by hand as they were primarily intended for photography rather than video.

This situation has been the same for several years now (I think the last Micro 4/3 power zoom lens release was the Olympus 14-42mm EZ back in 2014). Perhaps someone can convince Panasonic or Olympus or Sigma or some other lens manufacturer to design a new power zoom lens, but so far there hasn't seemed to be much interest in producing such lenses.

You can find threads on this topic going back to the original versions of the Studio Cameras back in 2014:
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=95317
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=41495
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=21016
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Tony Spiraletti

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Re: Zoom lenses for studio camera

PostWed Sep 29, 2021 1:06 am

jojoguy10 wrote:Hello all,

I just bought a studio camera 4k pro and the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm lens (from the list of lenses that worked with both zoom and focus demands). The problem is that lenses doesn't have the range of zoom I need and am looking at other options. I need a lenses that can zoom out way further (thinking around 20mm) and zoom in a bit more (about 200mm). Obviously the list of lenses for zoom and focus demands is very short, but I don't need remote control from an ATEM, I just need control from a set of demands on the tripod.

Does anyone have any other lens control options I can use to control focus and zoom on a lens that are also MFT mount?

Thanks!


I can see this happening a lot!

If you need power zoom to use with the new zoom demand, then you are out of luck. No lenses exist for this system with a range anywhere near that.

Let's just hope that Panasonic make one in the near future. Wouldn't hold your breath though.

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