I am leasing my gear and therefore had to order everything at once. I would have preferred trying out the lenses before I bought, but then I would have to come up with the money at that point and it was easier and cheaper to do as a package order from two venders. Therefore I have ordered and received the following lenses:
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L EF II
I do a lot of quick shooting, documentaries, and the dramatic work I do is low budget.
Given some negative feedback on the Canon 16-35mm and 24-70mm being soft, I have been considering returning those lenses, which I can do with a $195 penalty. What I would replace them with depends on what time of day you talk to me. Some footage I have seen posted with Canon lenses that has been processed look pretty good (at least on the web), so am I worrying too much?
I was going to go with Nikon lenses initially as my research found them to be regarded as sharper, but since I want to do time-lapse and control exposure, I will be getting a Canon camera for that, most likely a 60D. And since the Scarlet came out with the Canon mount first, I went the Canon lens route and have order the TI mount.
Would I jumping through hoops using Nikons on Canon cameras? I think I loose the autofocus ability doing that. And I worry if I mix too many brands, color grading could be a problem. I have heard great things about the Nikon 14-24mm lens, super sharp, but many people donít like the range and you cannot put filters on it. I do have a matte box, but it would be nice for protection and when you donít want to use a matte box.
Or I could fill the gap with Canon primes since it looks like I would be using the Zoom lenses to get multiple focal lengths and not trying to zoom while shooting.
Or Leica M lenses that people seem to just love.
Donít think I want to go the PL mount route as I want to stay light and compact, not to mention donít want to screw up my order and go back to the end of the line.
So many choices and too much time on my hands to make a quick decision, but I do have to decide in a couple weeks or I will not be able to exchange them. Any advice is appreciated.