May 23, 2015 at 8:27AM, Edited May 23, 8:28AM


Favorite Lens for C100?

Just acquired a C100Mkii and am looking to hear from those C100 users out there...what's been your favorite lens to use? This camera will anchor a majority of my work so I am looking to invest in reliable and versatile piece of glass.

[currently own: Rokinon 35 & 85, Sigma 50, Tamron 24-70]


On my C300 (same sensor) my most used lens has been the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS EF-S. It does vignette ever so slightly, especially if the IS needs to do a lot at a wide angle, but it's never really been an issue. The build quality is not great, especially the focus ring, but the optics are excellent, it's about as fast as zoom's get and not too expensive. Not a recent design, but I think it still leads in optical performance amongst other ~17-50mm lenses, unless you move up to cinema glass...

I also have the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L, but don't feel it goes wide enough and miss the IS (mind you, it's a version 1, the newer 24-70 L is quite a bit nicer and also costs 2000$+).

55mm is pretty short at the far end however, so you would want to pair it with something like a 85mm (that you have) or (ideally) a good 70-200mm. I use the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L, and love everything that comes out of it.

May 25, 2015 at 4:33PM

You voted '+1'.

Thanks Einar!

Taylor Armerding

May 26, 2015 at 3:25PM

I have a friend with a C300 and he often has his Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 attached. His stuff is purely for TV broadcast too.

It convinced me to get one for my 60D and it is SO good I snapped up a brand new Tokina 50-135mm f2.8 which is a beautiful lens.

In my opinion, Tokina is a highly underrated lens maker. I'm yet to meet a fellow Tokina glass owner that didn't think the same.

Also, you should consider the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8. I don't own one - yet - but again, have friends that do and the images are superb.

Hope that helps!

August 20, 2015 at 2:04PM

Ian Nicholson
Head Tutor at Sydney Short Film School

I haven't used this on the C series yet but the Sigma 18-35 is proving to be a very fast, very sharp and very beautiful workhorse of a lens. A little on the expensive side but worth every penny so far.

August 21, 2015 at 10:04AM

Ben Meredith

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