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  1. #1 Buying zoom lens: Need advice 
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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
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    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.
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    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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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    I'll have a look into them, thanks!
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    VC Tamron. It performs very well on the 4k.
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    Quote 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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    All I can say, you can't beat Canon 16-35mm L series. It's $$$, but IQ is outstanding.
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