My Gear: Lens Section Updated

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I recently updated the Lenses section of my gear page to include the new Canon CInema EOS zooms and primes – and I have broken the section down into two sections – Cine glass and still Canon EF glass that can be used for both still photography and filming. 

Here are the added lenses:

 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

24mm T/1.5 L F

50mm T/1.3 L F

85mm T/1.3 L F

14.5 – 60mm T/2.6 L S Zoom Lens

30 – 300mm T/2.95-3.7 L S Zoom Lens

Writing about these lenses reminded me of an announced piece of EF glass that I have really looking forward to getting my hands on.

A year ago this month – Canon announced that it was developing an L-series 200 – 400mm lens.  The lens was going to keep with the tradition of L series lenses being fast for their focal length, and open to an f/4 through the full range.  Pretty impressive, but what’s cooler is that it was also going to have a built-in 1.4x extender – a first of it’s kind for EF glass.  This would effectively increase the focal length of 280 – 560mm.    I do remember a meeting a Canon HQ with Canon lens engineers from Japan almost 6 years ago where I specifically asked them to put a converter INSIDE the lens (like all big TV Zoom lenses have) and wonder if I had anything to do with this ultimate decision in the end…?

So obviously this lens will be great for Sports  and Wildlife photographers, but it could also be a pretty incredible lens for video – since hardly any Cine Zooms reach those telephoto specs (Canon’s own cine zoom goes to 300mm).  This lens might be extremely popular also considering that EF glass is becoming more and more common for shooting professional grade video – not just with the C300, but also with the RED Scarlet and EPIC having their own electronic EF mount.  At the time of its announcement, the lens was scheduled to be released in 2011 – but was reportedly delayed late last year due to the earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand.

For now –  check out the new Lenses section on the gear page if you’re curious to see my thoughts on what lenses you should buy for your HDSLR/Still productions.