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Old June 15th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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7D lens questions and ND filters

Hey everyone,

I am thinking about picking up a 7D camera for VIDEO not photos....


LENS QUESTIONS:
Is the Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens a good choice?
($1899 from BH, body and lens) It looks like its a very cheap lens, not sure if that is good or bad.


The only other lens that is really in my price range right now is the
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens, and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Also, what does USM mean? I know IS means image stabalizer,


ND QUESTIONS:
Also, if I am shooting in broad daylight outside, and assuming I would like great shallow depth of field as much as possible, will I need ND filters, and if so where do I get them?


Again this is for VIDEO RECORDING, so any suggestions for lens choice and ND options would be great, with the whole purpose of the camera being that I can get shallow depth of field for a short film I am creating this fall. I will also be using the Sony EX1r camera along with it. Any other suggestions for starting out with cameras would be great....batteries, handheld rigs, memory cards, etc
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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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For ND options a good choice is a Fader ND from Lightcraftworkshop. Pretty much any kit lens you get is going to be pretty bottom of the barrel, but they do work and people have turned out some amazing stuff with them. My first choice of lens for my 7D was the Tamron 17 -50 f2.8 VC. It's a fantastic lens and stays on the camera most of the time.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #3
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I use B+W ND filters. A .9 takes you down 3 stops. That and a .3 are usually about all you need outside, although a .6 is a good thing to have as well. You can get stronger than a .9, ie., a 1.2, but I prefer to have a .9 and .3. You can stack them, or just use the .3 when needed.

That 28-135 lens is sharp and fairly decent considering you get it for only $200. It's not really wide enough to be your only lens. And it's a pretty slow lens, as well as variable--ie., it stops down when you zoom in. It's a decent outdoor lens. I got one with my camera but I really haven't used it much at all.

That 17-55 seems to be a very popular one. It costs about $1,000, but it's a good range for the 7D. I have a Tokina 16-50 f2.8, and lots of people have the Tamron 17-50 which is probably sharper. Both the Tamron and Tokina have very short focus throws, ie., you don't have to turn the ring very far to go from close to infinity, and that's annoying, although a follow focus system will help in that regard.

If you shoot lots of outdoor things, that 28-135 might be good to have, but you probably will want additional lenses, depending on what you do.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 04:52 AM   #4
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Props to the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 VC lens too. I've used it most of the time and picture quality is top notch. I've had lots of compliments from people. The only downside, is that the focus ring doesn't rotate as smooth but I can still live with that.

Otherwise 24-105mm f4L IS seems good as well although it won't work at low light.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #5
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"Also, what does USM mean?"

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Old June 16th, 2010, 09:45 AM   #6
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It seems you're looking for something with zoom, but if you're interested in considering a prime lens, the 50mm F1.4 is a damn fine lens, with some sharp DOP. I think I got mine for $340. Something to consider, since I saw at 18-55. If you're willing to deal with a prime, it's a solid choice.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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Silas,

Keep in mind all the lenses you are considering are very slow at f/4. I second that the 50/1.4 is a great lense at that price, but if you'll be shooting w/ a zoom in any kind of low-light, save up for the 24-70/2.8 or the new 70-200. The f/4s and above are very limiting in the long run.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #8
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Yeah, any sort of evening or darker locations you shoot in will have to be adjusted with a higher ISO. Which means grain. If you've got the cash, the 50mm is a great lens. I've been very pleased with it. If a zoom is a must, I agree: the 24-70/2.8 is the way to go.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #9
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as much as i love my 24-70mm f/2.8 L I would really advise against zoom lenses. My lens is a throwback from my photography days and, though it is a nice lens, I am now replacing it with primes.

If you are wanting something affordable that you can replace once you get some real cash, go with a sigma or tamron zoom. Most of the time you are going to want to be shooting between 20mm and 50mm.

a 35mm, 50mm and 70mm are probably your best bet for most applications. If you think you will need to use a telephoto, go ahead and get something longer, but it just really depends on what you are shooting. You cant effectively zoom while filming, these lenses just aren't built to do that. Zoom lenses are made so you don't have to change lenses while you are taking photos, but if you have to stop recording and zoom and focus between shots anyway, it is better to go with a lens that has less glass and is honed to it's particular focal length that a zoom lens that has to compromise.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #10
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Silas, I have a wedding on the 26th at the www.vizcayapavilion.com in Sacramento if your not busy.

I highly recommend the 70-200 with IS by Canon. I really like my 17-55 IS by Canon as it stays on my camera the longest. The IS is very important. The 3rd lens that I'm hoping to get by this next wedding is the Tokina 11- 16mm for my wider shots. I hear a lot of people use the 50mm fixed lens and I tried it but found that I didn't like the fix focal length.

I only have one filter and it's the Tiffen Haze-1 filter which is great for cutting down on harsh outdoor lighting and helps things washed out to come into focus and color.

For you zoom lens I wouldn't pass up the Canon model. The lens is amazing and with the 200mm and crop factor on the 7D it's plenty good for being in the back of church for ceremonies and hiding in the corners and getting close up of people eating and talking at the tables durning the reception.

Don't get the Tamaron 70-200. It sucks.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #11
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Anyone know who might have the Tokina 11-16 in stock?
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Old June 21st, 2010, 02:38 AM   #12
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Silas,
I'm shooting and am happy with the following lenses:
Canon 17-55 is f2.8
Canon 70-200 is f2.8
Canon 50mm f1.4 ( great lens)
tokina 11-16 f2.8

I bought my 7D with the 18-135 kit lens, which is ok for a walk around "tourist" lens, or for specific conditions only. You can't maintain the same f stop throughout the zoom range (unless you set it at f5.6). Also, It's not as sharp and clear as the 17-55 or 70-200.

We shot a music video last Sunday in bright Florida sunligfht with 2 7d's, and I made the mistake of using the kit lens on a couple of the earlier shots. In reviewing the footage, there was no comparison.

You definately need an nd filter. I have one that I got from Singh-Ray, and it's top qualitry ( though very epensive). Another thing that I realized Sunday is that you NEED one for each camera when you're shooting in sunlight. I ended up stopping down the camera without the nd filter, and the image is milkier and not as filmic looking as the nd filter camera ( the kit lens with no nd filter, stoppe way down looks terrible).

Anotrher option is older manual Nikons primes with a Nikon to Canon adapter. I have a whole set of Nikon primes that i use(d) ith my Letus Extreme. For speed of use, you need an adapter for each lens.

Kelly,
Could you send me a link to that haze -1 filter?
Thanks
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Old June 21st, 2010, 05:58 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the replys!

Still debating between the 5D and 7D and considering selling a few of old cameras.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 01:45 PM   #14
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For primes, don't forget to look at Zeiss......considered to probably be the best glass out there.

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Old June 22nd, 2010, 05:56 PM   #15
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Here it is. I love it.

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