Need a Canon lens!

Hi Everyone. You wont believe this but for my China trip I wanted to bring a video camera. I don’t own one except perhaps my DP1 / 2. So I called Canons rep here in Sweden and asked if I could borrow the Canon 5D2 for video documentary (With the latest upgrade it’s very useful for video) – he said yes but he don’t have any lenses for me. They’re all out of stock or used.

Any suggestions how to get one useful not too clumsy FF Canon lens for the trip? ¬†Anyone know any Canon shooter in Beijing or hehe, Kunming? Most people I know have Nikon or Sigma.. I’m thinking 50 1.4 or something.. Don’t have to be extreme in any way but good. Wide is OK too.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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7 Responses to Need a Canon lens!

  1. How about the new 24-70 2.8 HSM from Sigma

    I here is is suppose to be sharp and a zoom would lighten the load.

    You could get nice wide shots (always useful in film) with the 24mm.

  2. It’s not a bad idea. I wish it would be something like 1.4 though. :)

  3. Chris(ThePanda) says:

    I know just imagine the creamy bokeh on a face going in and out of focus!

    You can get a lens adapter to turn the 50 backward and use it as a macro too!

  4. robert e says:

    Hello, I came looking for DP2 images, and saw your post about Canon lenses. I don’t know about Sweden and China (or any stops you are making), but the EF 50/1.8 is very cheap, very good (though soft wide open) and used to be easy to find at least in the USA. Not USM, so focusing noise may be a problem for video. Sigma and Canon both make 50/1.4 USM for full frame. They are four times the price of the 50/1.8, but might be easier to find. Good luck.

  5. Robin says:

    You’re asking, because you rather want to borrow the lens too instead of just getting advices which one, aren’t you? =) If I had to take one only lens to china it would be the 35/1.4. But I neither live in sweden nor in china …

  6. Hi Robin, Yes – of course. I want to lend a Canon lens. :) But If I can’t lend one then I need to find one and Robert’s suggestion is a good one. The 50mm 1.8 is cheap and works great. I got some emails from people willing to lend me some equipment for the trip – one 50mm 1.4 and some other lenses. Sad only that most of them lives too fat away.

    The 35mm 1.4 might be king – but 35mm is very wide on a FF camera. I like wide. If someone close to me could lend me I would take it without blinking!

  7. Eric Wang says:

    How about to consider the Sigma 50mm/1.4? It has Canon mount version, maybe you could try to find one from Sigma Sweden rep office…

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