Hello! I recently acquired a Canon 5D mk ii (along with a 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T manual focus lens), and have been LOVING the video quality of the two in conjunction.
I'm looking to add a zoom lens to the mix, and am looking for something that captures an incredibly crisp image (comparable to the quality of the Zeiss, if not totally on par) and has a high zoom range (mainly because I love Wes Anderson-style crash zooms so much :mrgreen. A relatively wide aperture for low-lighting situations would be ideal as well, but I know zooms aren't king in this department so I'd be willing to compromise.
I initially debated even picking up a zoom lens at all, since the Zeiss is so sharp and relatively versatile once you learn to harness its shallow depth of field (and because I'm more of a writer/director/filmmaker than videographer by trade). But I'm looking to do some freelancing as well where I can't always get so close to the action, and it would be great to be able to capture ultra-crisp close-ups from a distance. Less importantly, it would be an extra bonus if I could find a zoom that can also capture pretty impressive wide angle/landscape shots.
I'm looking for the most affordable/ideal option possible, given my criteria, but definitely am not looking to be stingy in terms of sacrificing image quality and zoom range. (I'm not sure how comfortable I feel buying a lens used, but please set me straight in my ways if I'm merely being superstitious!)
Here's a 5-minute absurdist documentary I shot with the 5D last week and cut together, if anyone's interested: https://vimeo.com/44699884