Thursday, May 15, 2014

More on lenses

In response to yesterday's comments about the new Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens, reader Paul Antico writes:

I read your lens article. I have like 8 or 9 lenses ranging from cheap (but excellent) rokinons to the canon f2.8 70-200 is II which cost like $2400.

What lens do I use for video most constantly on my video cameras? The 24-105 f4L IS.  For video usually f4 or F 5.6 is where I want to be for most shots anyway to ease focus and allow a bit of depth. The lens looks nice, is relatively rugged, and has decent IS. It's a great all around stills lens too. And the c300/100 and my 5D3 have more than enough low light ability to compensate for the stop difference over 2.8.

Only on set up shots or interviews do I really use anything else actually. For quick setups and being mobile or running around, it wins every single time for quality and a great selection of useful focal lengths. (I use the 17-55 IS on the c100 too but it's a horrible lens body with nice glass inside).

Paul also passed along this notice from Canon, adding that's he's never seen his camera display the wrong f/stop.

Canon Firmware Update - Cinema EOS C300/C300PL

This service notification e-mail contains important information about your Cinema EOS C300/C300 PL camera. Please note that product service announcement e-mails contain advisory or informational content that may be critical to the proper operation of your product, including safety, update, and instructional messages. Please carefully review the information in this e-mail as it relates to your Canon product.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Firmware Version incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

For EOS C300
  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens F number was incorrectly displayed with Firmware Version 
For EOS C300 PL
  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.

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