Isn´t it us cameramen always complaining the industry doesn´t listen?
In the case of Sony´s FS7 Fujinon listened to their customers and developed a lightweight f2.8 zoom with two different focal lengths (MK18-55 and MK50-135). Unfortunately, they decided to make no motor zoom – what a pity!
Chrosziel has also listened and so we met on IBC2017 to talk about a small compact motor zoom for both lenses – it’s housed in a small box that snugly fits onto the MK zoom as it was developed to sit there from the very beginning. While talking to Timm Stemann (Chrosziel) he asked me how I’d like to have the motor response to be: “Faster” or “Smoother”? Or finally both?
Well – think about it! How would you like “your” personal motor zoom to be? Remember: The MK is a 3x Zoom only. It makes no sense to make it light-travelling fast. But it should be reasonably fast for ENG or docu work. However, I offered to invite a bunch of Sony FS7/FS5 users to my place, grab some coffee and donuts and have a tech-talk, try-out and brainstorm a bit about it. And we made it happen!