WARNING: New lens, not accustomed to it, read below... it'll explain the focus ring.
Just got this lens as a stop gap to the Canon 70-200 2.8 NKII, yet pleasantly surprised at the image. It's not as sharp, but certainly looks great to me.
Here's a short list of upsetters:
- no IS (obviously). I bet the VC version of this is just as solid, a little less sharp as it looks, but IS you know.
- Focus Ring's easy to snap back to AF
- Focus ring at the far end (infintiy) gets to the point where you have to breathe on it to focus... so fine. Very difficult
- Weird communication with the 4K Blackmagic, strange stops, etc. Basically have to pay attention to what you're doing as far as stopping it down.
- Colors aren't as amazing up front, a little bit of a green bias that I'm not particularly fond of.
- Breathes like a maniac outside of your window at all focal lengths. Looks like you're zooming and focusing .
On the other hand
- Focus ring hard stops at either end. This is good.
- Big fat focus ring, and it's at the front like the CAnon. Good
- Focus turns the Canon way (woohoo)
- The range... oh the range
- 2.5 ~ 3ish feet focus distance at all focal lengths, 200mm @ 3ft without diopters, wild. Add a diopter, hyper macro.
- Seems to handle flares decently enough.
So for the price, I can live with it I think but it's going to take some warming up to. I may look into the VC version only because of the VC, yet the tiny focus ring on that zoom bothers me, and it's behind the zoom ring. eesh.
You can compare this with the other video, most of which was shot with the Canon MKII 70-200 : vimeo.com/86378280
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