June 12, 2013
PANGKLANG! is now broadening its optics! I have filmed with the Canon CN-E 30-105mm on different shoots for about 3 months now and I am truly amazed. The flexibility you have with a light-weight zoom like this is great, and the image it produces is very good. It’s so sharp but it still gives a soft, warm and gentle nice look to the skin tones. There’s barely no breathing to it at all and the bokeh and flares look very good. This light-weight zoom lens has become my new darling, and it’s rarely that I choose any other lens for a job. Of course there can always be a reason to use primes, but this zoom is so sharp and clear that the main reason for me to choose a prime for a shoot would be to have a lower T-stop, if the planned sceenes will be poorly lit, or to get an even more shallow depth of field.
My only issue was that I needed something wider as a complement to this zoom. After weeks of discussion with the chairman of the PANGKLANG! board we came to the conclusion that the only way is to stay within the family and go for the wider version of the same lens, the Canon CN-E 15.5-47mm!
This is now my second baby and with these two stunning zoom lenses I have to say that I’m quite good equipped! The problems with wide zooms are usually the distortion at the edges, this is something the Canon CN-E 15.5-47mm handles very good. Another great good thing is that it has the exact same size and weight as the 30-105mm, so I won’t have to change position of the follow focus, mattebox or anything else attached to the lens. Very smart Canon!
Both lenses are in PL-mount and have a T-stop at 2.8.
To see a test that Abelcine just recently did with these to lenses, see here!