The DZO Pictor Zooms are a great, lightweight and affordable pair of cinema zooms that offer great image quality. Now there isn't really a huge amount of affordable cinema zooms around currently, other than the Sigma 18-35/50-100 and the Fujinon MK 18-55/50-135, both of which have been very popular choices.
So the DZO Pictor Zooms both have a constant T2.9 aperture, are par-focal, and have a user interchangeable PL & EF mount. Now this is something the Sigma's and the Fujinons don't currently offer, the Sigmas are available in EF, E and PL, whereas the Fujinon MK's are available in E, MFT with an RF version on the horizon. So there's a great range of options there, but neither offers a user interchangeable mount. The interchangeable mount is one of the reasons why we believe the Pictor lenses will be a great choice for a range of people. These lenses have the potential to move with you from camera system over the years, making them a great investment. Not to mention that you can put EF or PL lenses on most over lens mounts quite easily with a range of adaptors.
Both lenses feature industry-standard pitched gears, which despite the lenses having a slight variation in length, are actually in identical positions, meaning that when working will follow focus systems or matte boxes there won't be any adjustment required.
In the video above we ran through some quick tests, but overall the lenses performed well, especially considering the price. There is minimal breathing, sharpness is good but does drop off at the long end of both lenses at T2.8, this is resolved by stopping the lens down however. Flares are pleasing and the lenses have an imperfect look about them which we quite like. If you're into more clean and clinical looking lenses, then these might not be to your taste, but if you like a lens with a bit of character, then these may be a good option.
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