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    Hi guys.
    I need to buy some glass. Finishing my degree soon and won't be able to rent lenses for free anymore.

    I've started shooting a lot more live shows for bands with my BMPC 4K so I'm looking for a good quality zoom lens
    Had my eye on the Canon L 24-70mm 2.8.
    But I found that MK1 isn't compatible with the IRIS function and the MK2 is a lot more

    Anyone recommend a good quality fast lens around that focal length and price?
    Around the 800

    Thanks a lot

  • #2
    Check out the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8. A little shorter than the 24-70 but really good optics and it has IS.
    Adam Roberts
    www.adamroberts.net

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    • #3
      X2, It's a great lens! Bought the canon 17-55mm f2.8 last month, and I'm very happy with it. The IS itself does a great job aswell.

      The one thing i dislike is the build quailty.

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      • #4
        Just worried about it being made with the APS-C crop factor in mind, heard it's not that great using a Super 35mm sensor.

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        • #5
          Canon EF-C lenses are designed to cover ASP-C sensors like in the 7D.

          The 7D sensor is 22.3 14.9 mm
          The BMPC4K sensor is 21.12mm x 11.88mm

          A fair bit smaller than ASP-C.

          It will even cover the F5/F55 (22.6 x 12.7 mm), RED Epic 4K (20.7 x 11.7mm) and Arri Alexa (23.8 x 13.4 mm) as the sensors are 16x9.

          It will vignette on the RED Epic 5K and Dragon 6K.
          Adam Roberts
          www.adamroberts.net

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          • #6
            If you can go for the shorter focal length, consider the Sigma 17-50 too. Much cheaper than the Canon, still very sharp, has stabilisation. I do have an older Tamron 28-75, but it doesn't have IS/OS/VC and isn't quite as sharp. Both are constant 2.8 though.

            On a multi-camera shoot, I've used the Sigma on a BMCC for wider shots, with the longer Tamron on a Pocket for tighter shots.
            Iain Anderson, Apple Certified Trainer
            http://trainingbrisbane.com

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            • #7
              I'll have a look into them, thanks!

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              • #8
                VC Tamron. It performs very well on the 4k.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by funwithstuff View Post
                  If you can go for the shorter focal length, consider the Sigma 17-50 too. Much cheaper than the Canon, still very sharp, has stabilisation.
                  This is a great lens. It gets better reviews than the Canon and Nikon equivalents. I have it and still use it sometimes even tho I have the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 and a Nikon AF-D 50mm f1.4. It's a great lens for interviews and run and gun doc work.

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                  • #10
                    All I can say, you can't beat Canon 16-35mm L series. It's $$$, but IQ is outstanding.

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                    • #11
                      if you are going to run and gun, you need as much zoom range as possible, especially at concerts where you often do not have control of where you can shoot.
                      i'd say 24-105, a stop slower but you have more flexibility. theres a reason ENG and cine zooms are often 10x.

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                      • #12
                        I'm using the EF-S 17-55 as well and can confirm solid quality and good experience. It's considered an expensive choice but bid right and get a used one off e-bay for a little more than $500. Also, you could make a lot of arguments about it, like how the central part of the lenses is sharper and so on but the fact is that buying "full frame" lenses such as the EF series for our Black Magic cameras is kinda like paying for the set menu and eating only the burger. So if you are looking to save some money the EF-S are great simply because you are not paying for extra glass.
                        Last edited by pidulgi; 12-04-2016, 07:55 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Canon 17-55 2.8 here. That is my primary lens and it is awesome! Cant go wrong with it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brian@202020 View Post
                            This (the Sigma*) is a great lens. It gets better reviews than the Canon and Nikon equivalents.
                            I own both of these lenses (Sigma in Nikon mount, Canon in EF mount) and I must say that in my opinion the Canon is the superior lens.
                            Better wide open, I find the OIS to be smoother or bigger pans, and MOST importantly, the Canon is FAR superior with lens breathing. The Canon breathing is not perfect, but the Sigma lens breathing is actually pretty terrible. Not to mention the Canon takes you to 55mm, which is a nice bonus.

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