Last week, on hdvideopro.com Dan Brockett wrote a glowing review about Canon's new 18-80mm Compact Servo lens. If you haven't heard much about this lens, and are curious if it could work for you and your business we highly recommend taking a look at his detailed post about why this lens beats its competition. Because we know your time is precious, and you may just be looking for a quick synopsis on why you need this lens, we gathered five key points from his article for you to keep in mind. Whether you're shooting documentaries, events, or reality series', trust us, it won't take much convincing before you'll want to add this lens to your gear.
5 Reasons Why the Canon 18-80mm T4.4 EF Is a Great Value For the Money:
Canon took the best features from three of their other lens lines and magically blended them together into something incredibly useful to anyone who shoots handheld event and documentary footage.
It only weighs a slight 2.7 pounds, which is so useful for quick run-and-gun style shooting. And is listed for a competitive price of $5,500, which may seem steep, but when you compare it to Canon's other cinematography lenses that go from anywhere between $25,000 - $100,000, you'll save a nice sum of money.
- The focal length doesn't get much better for handheld shooters. The 18-80mm range is the sweet spot for shooting handheld and keeping your shot steady; much longer than that and you won't see as good of results.
This lens also has Canon’s Image Stabilization (IS) and Dual Pixel Auto Focus (DPAF) technology built in. And cinema-like 180-degree, smooth, manual focus ring so you have a much larger focus scale to create smoother rack focuses than you could with a typical still lens.
- You won't grow out of it in a short 6-months, or even a year. Unlike most cameras, and certain lenses, that become outdated in a very short amount of time, this lens could last you many years. With proper care, and keeping in mind that this lens only fits an S35 sensor size, this lens could be your go-to gear for a variety of projects. All in all, it is a good investment because of its quality construction and flexibility compared to other Canon cinematography lenses.
Are you convinced? We truly don't think you'll regret it! Buy it now for a competitive price at pictureline.com. If you're still interested in knowing more about the Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF lens, we recommend reading through Dan's article on hdvideopro.com.