The 18-35 has always been just about perfect for cinema. New mechanics will make it incredible. As a set, with the 50-100, this is a really convenient and exciting package. While the 18-35 still lens doesn't breathe much at all, I understand the 50-100 can steam up the windows like a couple of teenagers at a drive in theater. Really heavy breathing. Will new mechanics fix this with the same optical design?
If they price these even moderately aggressively, they'll be a great value. I think T2 is plenty fast. A set of the alternative Xeens covering the same range would sell for $12,500--maybe a little less with a package discount. I've got to believe these will be less than that.
Shouldn't Sony's FS5 be able to do this with a software upgrade? Its built-in variable ND just needs to be mated with a lens with an electronic interface.
I use the current C100. It's a great camera. This revision pretty much fixes up all it's major shortcomings. It's now just about perfect for what it is. No, it doesn't have 4k and I wish it would be specced at 10-bit 4:2:2, but if you're shooting events and stuff bound strictly for the web, which is a ton of stuff, then this is a real workhorse that produces outstandingly beautiful images in nearly any light.
The face detection combined with autofocus should be an amazing combination for doing dolly push shots for interviews. Canon needs to make a 50mm STM that can take advantage of it.
The ability to take off the handle(s) and have a 2.2 pound body means you can fly this thing on relatively inexpensive 3-axis brushless gimbal stabilizers. Built-in reference audio recording is also great. This is a very efficient, easy to use, cost-effective camera for a lot of applications. Think about the cost of using heavier cameras requiring higher-end stabilizers—even heavier duty jibs.
Having said that, the day the Sony FS7 is actually shipping, this camera becomes overpriced. As I recall, when the C100 was first introduced, it was probably priced too high, but sold well anyway--and the price has steadily dropped. This thing won't be $5,500 for long.