“The most useless gadget in a lazy cinematographer’s toolbox”?

Scott Marks, at the San Diego Reader, doesn’t mince his words when it comes to the zoom lens.

The zoom lens is the most useless gadget in a lazy cinematographer’s toolbox. Why hand crank a lens when you can move a camera? So what it you have to hire grips, lay and level track, rehearse the movement, use more lighting instruments to cover the space, and that a dolly shot costs a lot more money to execute? It looks and feels so much more natural because you’re physically moving through space and constantly changing perspective as compared to simply enlarging an image.

Read the rest of his article, “To Zoom Or Not To Zoom?” at SanDiegoReader.com