Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 8x for Sony PMW-EX3

Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 8x for Sony PMW-EX3

Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 8x for Sony PMW-EX3

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The Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 is an 8x 1/2" wide-angle high definition lens designed specifically for the Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX camcorder. The lens is fitted with the EX bayonet mount, making it easy to attach and remove. The focal-length range is 4-32mm with a minimum object distance of under 0.6 meter, or about 2 feet.

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Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 8x for Sony PMW-EX3
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    Fujinon 4-32mm specs

    Mount EX Bayonet
    Image Format 1/2" CCD
    Focal Length 4-32mm (8x Zoom)
    Aperture Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Iris Type Auto/Manual
    Focus Type Servo/Manual
    Horizontal View Angle Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) 2'(0.6 m)
    Macro Standard
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Weight 3.7 lbs (1.7kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.9 x 9.3 x 7.7"

    Fujinon 4-32mm reviews

    XS8X4AS-XB8 8x for Sony PMW-EX3 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't Perform Consistently with Stock If you're considering this particular native wide angle lens for the PMW-EX3, be prepared to expect some tradeoffs on sharpness, focus to the corners and chromatic aberration.If you're used to the PMW-EX3's stock lens performance, view your work on a large projection screen, or any quality FullHD monitor at close range, you will be disappointed with the performance of this lens. It doesn't resolve detail to the pixel, the way that the stock lens does. It also adds a disturbing amount of cyan and red halos around contrasting edges of objects that are not dead-center in the frame. Even in low-contrast situations, the red/blue halos are visible and quite thick. In 4:2:0 color subsampling, they appear as blocky, pixellated fringes, which make them even more annoying.In general, the level of detail captured by this lens reduces the PMW-EX3 to an HDV-like image quality.That said, the lens IS indeed highly rectilinear. It provides decently-wide images, ideal for shooting auto interiors, tight spaces in smaller rooms, etc. I had hoped it would make architectural video look nicer, but the loss of detail and all that red/blue fringing just ruins images of buildings.The first paid job that I employed this lens for was a wedding. Since the end product is to be a DVD, I figured this lens would have more pros than cons. I shot the event in 720P/60, so that I would have the ability to have smooth slow motion at any point in the post production edit. What I found about shooting with this lens in 720P is that the resolution differences between the XS8X4AS-XB8 and the stock lens are reduced to barely discernable. This lens seems marginally-adequate for shooting 720P. Shooting 1080P with this lens is a waste of bandwidth. The lens simply doesn't resolve that much detail. Similarly, the chromatic aberration is less objectionable in 720P. By the time the final render results in a DVD-quality MPEG2 file, the flaws are pretty much suppressed.If you are expecting the same sharpness with this lens as you are used to with the stock lens, and expect it to look great on a large projection screen, this lens is not going to satisfy you. However, if you have a lot of applications where the final product is not on Blu-ray, but on DVD, then this lens opens some new vistas for artistic expression. When considering this lens, the prospective buyer must understand that it comes with many limitations that would be unexpected, based on the performance of the stock lens.Some minor issues about the ergonomics of this lens: it is MUCH heavier than the stock lens. It makes the PMW-EX3 very much front-heavy. That doesn't bother me, but for my wife, it's unmanageable. I ran this camera hand-held for most of an 8-hour wedding shoot, and, while it's a handful, even with this lens, for me, at least, it was manageable.In all mechanical respects, this lens has the same controls and behaves in the same manner as the stock lens. No retraining is necessary to use it.This lens comes with a large plastic cover. There is no shuttered hood, like the stock lens provides. If you've gotten used to the protection and convenience of the stock shuttered hood, this throwback to older times will come as a minor annoyance, and will surely open you up to more risk of exposure of the lens to mishaps, since it is inconvenient to carry the lens cap around and pop it on and off the camera several times an hour. With the shutter, I developed the habit of closing it every time the camera was on standby, protecting the lens from dust, water spray and accidental contact.The large 4:3 aspect rubber hood does not do much to protect the lens. It is not inset as deeply as with the stock lens, so it's value is really dubious.These issues would be minor if the lens provided the same sharp, chromatic aberration-free images that the 'free' included stock lens provides. But it's a nearly $ lenshalf the cost of the PMW-EX3 and that makes you really think twice about whether it's worth the money.In my first week of ownership, I sent the lens to Fujinon, convinced it was defective. Fujinon sent me a loaner lens during the time mine was in their shop. I was disappointed to discover that the loaner was just as bad. It wasn't a defect, but a design deficiency. For two weeks, I really struggled with the thought of returning it.In that period of time, I looked at wide conversion lenses ranging from $359 to $1,700. The sample images that I saw were at least ten times worse than those from this Fujinon lens and not useable at all for professional work. If you want wide angle with the PMW-EX3, it's either an expensive 35mm adapter and a 35mm wide angle lens of unknown cost, or spending upwards of $15,000 on the next model up from Fujinon. The converter lenses are so bad as to not even be worth considering. That is, if the end product is to be watched on anything larger than a 2 screen.Since I produce a lot of symphony concert videos that end up on DVD, the lens is adequate and cuts nicely with the other PMW-EX1 images. It's wide enough to take in an 80-seat orchestra, from a stage right camera position, and the wide perspective does have that excitement factor that makes the shot.In conclusion, this lens is really the only game in town at this price range. Add on conversion lenses are far worse. One may have to step up to a $15,000 and up lens to achieve the image sharpness and freedom from CA that the stock lens provides, in order to get the wide angle. You can't really have your cake and eat it too, at least not at the sub-$4,000 range.
    Date published: 2010-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test of Wide Angle Zoom, Sony WA adaptor I use the this lens for documentary shooting, almost always hand held. Plus-- very wide, sharp (see below). Minus-- large front element, for some it will be too front heavy. After using the Sony 0.8 wide adaptor for six months without ever taking it off, I got the 4-32mm wide angle zoom for my EX3. It's a lot wider than the standard lens with the wide adaptor. Very handy when you work close. I shot some tests with the standard lens, standard lens with 0.8 Sony adaptor, and the 4-32mm zoom. I blew single frame images up 100x. They showed a very slight differences. The standard lens is slightly sharper than the wide angle zoom, probably undetectable in regular production. The 0.8 adaptor on the standard zoom is slightly less sharp. The wide adaptor results are still very good, but the WA zoom is better. The major difference between standard and WA zooms is that it seems like the WA, or at least the one I have, has less contrast then the standard zoom lens. This might make it seem very slightly less sharp in low contrast situations. The 4-32 zoom is also a front heavy lens, a problem for some. I have had no problems with halos or unusual flare in even the most contrasty situations. I'm happy to have it. It's on my camera most of the time.
    Date published: 2011-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An indispensable part of my kit. I needed the ability to go wide with my EX3 in specific intimate situations.Tried all adaptors, converters, even my 5D with a 16x35 short zoom - was never happy with the results.The Fujinon XS8x4AS worked for me, and was as sharp and contrasty as my SONY stock lens. In short, a perfect match in critical situations. I'm an Emmy winning DP and director who shoots for HBO, PBS, and the networks, and my work speaks for itself. Good luck finding anything else like this lens for under $15k.
    Date published: 2014-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excelent this is a great product, works perfectly!!!
    Date published: 2011-12-11
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