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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:54 pm 
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Whilst browsing evil bay I came across a Canon EF 35-80mm F4-5.6 Power Zoom Lens.
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Has anyone ever used one of these. I thought it looked quite funky.
Obviously never caught on.


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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-EF-35-8 ... 460000270e

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My mom had one on an older film SLR.

It worked, but I don't recall ever being really impressed with the pictures. It also took longer for it to zoom.

Though there has been some talk that this design might be better for video; especially if it were to be updated.

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Indeed - I thought about getting one some years ago but in the end the optics aren't that great, the zoom range isn't impressive, you don't get much light...
The motor zoom is quite funny but the only reson for it is the softer zoom in the video mode. But for that you are missing the IS, which is needed to keep the video (almost) free from shakes if you are handholding the camera.

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Optically I wouldn't expect much but the novelty factor almost makes me want one...

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Let's call it a "not so good but definitely unique" lens. :D

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Could be useful for people with a disability I guess?

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Probably, yeah. I sold my 28/1.8 to a guy who'd been in an accident and was in a wheelchair. He said he could only use primes and had to use a remote shutter release between his teeth! :shock:

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I know how that feels - after a bike accident I couldn't use my right hand for a while. I couldn't hold the camera (--> tripod) and couldn't press the shutter button (--> cable shutter release).
But an elecronic zoom would only have helped if it had something like the remote shutter in order to activate the zoom.

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