I decided to try various lenses in my camera bags out on the FS100. The camera was on automatic settings (except focus which was manual). I used picture profile 6 (default settings) since initially it looked the best on the flip-out screen prior to beginning. I organized all of the video and text layers within After Effects but did not color correct any of the footage.
1) Minolta 50mm f/1.7 MD
2) Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
3) Samyang 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 MD
4) Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
5) Sony 18-200mm f/3.6-6.3 kit lens
As expected the Nikon and Sony lenses shine with good sharpness and contrast. The focus ring on the nikon 50mm lens is quite stiff, making it difficult to get a smooth focus effect. The stiffness can translate into audio noise during video playback too (audio not included in this upload). I was pleasantly suprised with the Minolta 50mm lens and will look into more MD lenses (fast MD primes are quite cheap on eBay). Another attractive feature of the MD lenses is the butter smooth focusing ring. Probably not suprising, but the Samyang I felt was the weakest. After all, it was cheap glass when I bought it new in the early 90's.
While I recognize this is not very scientific and there are an infinite number of permutations that could be tried, it did help me calibrate my expectations moving forward (Samyang lens to remain in camera bag).
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