Best all-purpose wide to medium zoom for low light documentary work

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AvidInBoston New Member • Posts: 1
Best all-purpose wide to medium zoom for low light documentary work


I'm a documentary film-maker. I'm about to purchase the Canon C100 Mark II. I need a general all-purpose lens to complement the macro and telephoto lenses I already own. Currently I have the Canon EF 100mm f2/2.8 IS USM Macro Lens and the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom lens, two fantastic lenses.

I need good low light performance and the ability to capture a wider establishing shot.

So I guess it's a choice between the following:

1) Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens ($1900)

2) Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras $830)

3) Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras ($1000)

4) Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens For Canon EOS SLR Camera ($1000)

Since I want to be able to shoot in low-light, there's a major advantage in being able to go to 2.8. Also the L lens is crisp and sharp. So it would seem the EF 24-70L lens is the best choice. But since it lacks image-stabilization, I'm worried that this lens is best for still photography and not video.

I'm wondering if it's worth waiting a few months to see if Canon is going to come out with an IS version of the 24-70 f2.8 lens. Otherwise perhaps the best choice is the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 because it has IS.


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