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    Guys need some help, I guess a lot of you have any experience with Canon L Zoom still lenses. My question is would you get latest versions of 16-35 and 24-70 with f2.8 and no IS or f4 with IS? I'll be shooting mainly handheld and gimbal so I think for video lenses with IS will be much better even they are "only" f4. But what do you think? Or what did you buy for you RED? Thanks
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    I'd go the better 2.8. I never use IS as it can give some weird affects. Film steady and use warp stabiliser in post if you get a little shaky.
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    You could rent both and compare. While IS may sometimes give unwanted image shift, it can be useful on other types of shot.

    Having said that f/2.8 is also very useful, probably more useful than IS.
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    The real question is, why aren't you considering the truly extraordinary Sigma Art f1.8 18-35mm zoom? It is one of the best stills lenses ever made, and it is perfect for the RED.

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    i agree with stephen, i would check out the sigma 1.8 zooms and use other methods for stabilization (although i have never had any trouble with canon IS and really like it)
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    Thank you guys, much appreciated :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Pruitt View Post
    The real question is, why aren't you considering the truly extraordinary Sigma Art f1.8 18-35mm zoom? It is one of the best stills lenses ever made, and it is perfect for the RED.

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    Stephen, I'm considering Sigma lenses as well. I heard they are super sharp but I don't know how they'll go with Canon's 70-200mm MarkII IS lens which I'm going to buy as well. And I guess the 70-200 from Canon is the best one from 70-200mm range. But yes Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 is legendary especially with RED :)
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    i would look at these...

    https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/vi...m-f18-dc-hsm-a

    https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/vi...-f1-8-dc-hsm-a

    https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/vi...8-ex-dg-os-hsm
    (currently comes with free teleconverter, note that this or the canon is effectively 112-320, although you could probably use a speedbooster with it as well)

    https://www.sigmaphoto.com/14x-teleconverter-ex-apo-dg

    https://www.sigmaphoto.com/accessori...rter-ex-apo-dg

    you might also want to add the tokina 14-20 f2...

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    it would be really nice to have a focal reducer to convert from ff to aps-c - canon to canon. any solutions?
    edit: found this! http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthr...ter-Experiment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karel Šimůnek View Post
    I'm considering Sigma lenses as well. I heard they are super sharp but I don't know how they'll go with Canon's 70-200mm MarkII IS lens which I'm going to buy as well. And I guess the 70-200 from Canon is the best one from 70-200mm range. But yes Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 is legendary especially with RED :)
    I've got the Sigma 50-100 1.8 paired with the Sigma 18-35, and it hits about 99% of whatever I need to shoot. And they are matched. And both 1.8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karel Šimůnek View Post
    Guys need some help, I guess a lot of you have any experience with Canon L Zoom still lenses. My question is would you get latest versions of 16-35 and 24-70 with f2.8 and no IS or f4 with IS? I'll be shooting mainly handheld and gimbal so I think for video lenses with IS will be much better even they are "only" f4. But what do you think? Or what did you buy for you RED? Thanks
    It's rumoured that Canon is developing an IS version of the 24-70 f2.8L, so if you can hold out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karel Šimůnek View Post
    Guys need some help, I guess a lot of you have any experience with Canon L Zoom still lenses. My question is would you get latest versions of 16-35 and 24-70 with f2.8 and no IS or f4 with IS? I'll be shooting mainly handheld and gimbal so I think for video lenses with IS will be much better even they are "only" f4. But what do you think? Or what did you buy for you RED? Thanks
    I was debating myself on the Canon L 16-35 and the Sigma Art. I went with the Sigma and it is a GREAT lens BUT for Run and Gun I wish I got the Canon L. I'm now considering buying the Canon as well. The Sigma 1.8 is hard for Run and Gun work. I'd get the Canon with IS first but every Red owner on a budget should own the Sigma Art!!
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