I’m going through my gear trying to adapt to the C300 with the equipment that I already have and one big piece of kit I own is lenses. I need to figure out how I can get some use out of my PL glass with the C300. Unfortunately I dont see a solution for two of the three PL lenses I own. The Red 17-50 & the Duclos 11-16. These two wont be able to be used on the C300. Adapters just aren’t available yet to date to get a PL mount on an EF camera without issues.
I decided to look into swapping out the mount on my 85mm Zeiss CP.2 to the EF mount. I’ve seen a few videos on this and it seems like a pretty straight forward modification but the price of this modification has me thinking. The kit cost $390 and the torch wrench is another $173. This comes to a total of $563.
That’s a lot of cash for a mount swap! I talked to a lens specialist and he said don’t worry about the torque screw driver. Tighten the screws enough to secure them in a criss-cross pattern, but don’t tighten them so much that it strips the screw. Sounds good. This is probably Zeiss making sure you dont break the mount by over tightening for warranty purposes.
I got to thinking. The Rokinon 85mm cost $350.00 and it’s an EF version with no adapter, full manual declicked iris with gears, and the reviews are outstanding!
This puts me in a hard place. I like the Zeiss Cp.2 a lot but for $213.00 less than the mod I get a new lens. Tell me I’m crazy but the mod just doesn’t make sense! I’m seriously thinking abut just ordering the Rokinon 85mm Cine and leaving the PL as is. I seriously need to reconsider if owning PL lenses is worth it at this point. I was considering a Red camera this year and as it looks for now I dont see getting one so is it worth holding on to these PL lenses? I guess for now I need to think this through but this new Rokinon looks almost to good to pass up.
Since I wrote this post I decided to go ahaead and buy the Rokinon 85mm. I’m in the process of comparing the Rokinon to the Zeiss CP.2 85mm. Click on the link to see how it compares.