As I continue is my own discovery of vintage super16 lenses for BMPCC, I want to share this long overdue little film & mini review kindly written for VLFV by a fellow vintage lens user, Alec Moore.
In this review Alec shares his experience of using an Angenieux 17.5-70mm F2.2 which he was lucky enough to snap up for just €200. I myself own a similar looking 17-68mm F2.4, (review), so it’s very interesting to see how this lens stacks up against mine.
Over to Alec:
The build quality is excellent. As you would expect from most vintage glass. Solid metal build. Much heavier than it looks. Clickless aperture.
The range is excellent at a constant aperture. Wide open is sharp, but vintage sharp which isn’t quite as sharp as modern lenses. One issue I had was the minimum focus distance of 1.2 meters.
The zooming is internal so the lens does not extend. However when turning the focus barrel the front element rotates, making and circular polarizers useless if you are pulling focus while rolling.
Wonderful all round lens and would be great for documentaries which is where I intend to use it along with narrative film making. I prefer the look of a vintage lens like this over anything modern with a speed booster.
A few words I would like to add myself it that the video Alec shot with this lens looks incredibly filmic. The lens definitely adds a extra character to already impressive images pocket camera produces.
Definitely recommended lens as long as you don’t pay a fortune for it. Looking on Ebay at the time of writing brings up prices of $999 and more, which is a bit of rip off, but if you can find one for under $500, go for it! 🙂
Massive thanks to Alec for sharing his thought and the wonderful video. Make sure to follow him on Twitter where he often posts test videos he shoots with various interesting vintage lenses.
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