Power Zoom Lenses?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by BillW, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. BillW

    BillW Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 22, 2012
    Scranton, PA
    Looking to use a 4/3 camera to replace my aged 3-ccd video camera.
    I see that Olympus makes a 12-50 power zoom, along with Panasonic's 14-42.
    Are there any other options for a powered zoom lens for video use?
    specifically I like to zoom in, start shooting, and be able to pull back on shots from time to time but most of the lenses I see are manual zoom only and not smooth enough to pull this off.
  2. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
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    The lenses mentioned are the only ones I have ever heard of that have motorized zoom built in.

    I got the 12-50mm with my OM-D, and would rather have a larger aperture at the long end than the motorized zoom, since I don't shoot much video at all.
  3. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    45-175 X from Panny also.
  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    A little off subject but keep in mind that many(if not all) m43 cameras have a time or storage limit to the length of video they record. Not a big deal if you shoot a couple of minutes at a time but a real bummer if you want to shoot 30 minutes straight.
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    How do you plan on maintaining focus (the point of focus changes as you zoom)? If you are going to use manual focus, you should probably avoid the Panasonic 14-42X since it doesn't have a focusing ring, just a switch. The Olympus 12-50 and Panasonic 45-175X don't have that problem.
  6. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I believe this is only Olympus models. It goes back to the tax rates in the EU are vastly different for still cameras vs video cameras, so they have to set a limit of 29 minutes so its not classified as a video camera. Panasonic makes different firmware for different regions, Oly does not.
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    You are right. In checking the specs the Panasonic models or at least the GH2/3, G3 and GX1{models I looked up} all have no time limit on video recording. So with a good card the limit will be how long the battery holds out. The price of the GH2 is at all time low - perhaps I ought to pick one up for video?