Canon 24-70 cine converted

I’ve been seeing these start to pop up on ebay. It’s a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens that’s had a cinema conversion done. Basically this means that they’ve machined a new housing and added focus and zoom rings to the lens. The modification looks pretty sharp and the markup doesn’t seem outrageous. At the time of this writing, there are a few on ebay for $1526 with shipping which is roughly a $400 mark up from the current price of a Canon 24-70mm (around $1100).

Is it worth it? Well if you already have a matte box, follow focus, and regularly use cinema modded lenses then it might be. Sometimes these conversations can run over $1000, so $400 doesn’t seem like a horrible price, though I’m guessing once these gain some traction the price will jump up closer to $2400. There are already a few listed in that price range mixed in with the $1500 units.

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