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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:34 pm 
Hey Folks!

New on this forum and because I don't see the forest through the trees anymore,.. my question to you

I really need a descent lens for shooting a documentary on nature/history, and taking landscape photos. But (and here's the snag) we plan to take pictures while climbing.

Which lens(es) is/are ideal for filming in rough conditions?

I work next to a regular camera(I mean professional camcorder), with a Canon 7D

Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:48 am 
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Well - Canon offers some weather sealed L lenses but those are pretty expensive and most of them (if not the big and heavy tele lenses) are made of plastic outside as well and they still have some glass inside. :roll: So in those rough conditions I'd rather think of an insurance than a special lens.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:10 am 
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I don`t quite understand what gear you are already using. Do you have a 7D or a professional camcorder or both.

I assume you have a 7D, I think the Sigma 30 1.4 on that body should do the job. Or the 17-40 F4, if you then use a rapid strap or similar to carry the camera.
http://www.blackrapid.com/products#straps

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:29 pm 
Thanks for your help so far, both of you.

The main question is which lens is a perfect lens, for shooting video during the climb and for taking stills.

I am using a sony PMW100 together with the 7D


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:00 pm 
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For video I'd really prefer a lens with IS (Sigma OS; Tamron VC) as I guess you can't use a tripod while climbing ;)

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aside from the prime I mentioned earlier the canon 17-55 is usm could be interesting then, in so far that its not technically a parfocal lens, but based on my experience using it for video, it pretty well is. Parfocal means that as you zoom in and out things stay in focus. Obviously useful for video on a DSLR.

It also has IS, which would be useful like Jiko suggested. Its a good quality lens, possibly a bit big and heavy.

the other parfocal lenses, but without IS is the 16-35mm f/2.8L USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and being L lenses should be a bit more robust.

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