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    Fill in your lenses in this thread and your experiences in working with the with the ResLink protocol and I'll update the first post:



    Canon Mount


    Good:
    Canon Lenses:

    Primes:
    Canon 14 F 2,8 II
    Canon EF 40mm STM pancake
    Canon 24mm f1.4 L II: Works flawlessly
    Canon 35mm f1.4 L: Works flawlessly
    Canon 50 f1.2 - Works great
    Canon 50mm f1.2 L: Works flawlessly
    Canon 85 f1.2 - Works great
    Canon 85 f1.8 - Works great
    Canon 135 f2.0 - Works great
    Canon 180 f3.5 MAKRO - Works great
    Canon 300 f2.8 - Works great
    EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM - Works great

    Zooms:
    Canon 16-35 2,8 II USM
    Canon 17-40 F4 USM
    Canon 24-70 f2.8 Generation I- Works great
    Canon 24-70 f2.8 Generation II USM - Works great
    Canon 24-70 f4 IS - Works great
    Canon 70-200 f4 USM (non IS) - Works great. Motors are noisy
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 (non IS) - Works great. Motors are noisy.
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II- Works great
    Canon 70 - 300 F 4.5 - 5,6



    Sigma lenses

    Sigma 11-16 f2.8 - Works great but a bit noisy
    sigma art 24 f1.4 - Works great
    sigma art 35 f1.4 - Works great
    Sigma Art 50mm f1.4 - Works great. Silent motors. Really smooth and responsive.


    Tokina lenses:

    Zooms
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8: Works flawlessly



    Works, but with issues:
    Canon 24 f1.4 - looses sometimes the calibration and not always smooth focus pulls
    Canon 35 f1.4 - looses sometimes the calibration and not always smooth focus pulls
    Canon 85mm f1.2 L II: All features work, but it seems more "steppy" on huge focus pulls than shorter lenses. For normal pulls, it worked flawlessly.
    Canon 100mm macro f2.8 L: Appears very "steppy" on long pulls, but how often do you do big pulls in macro work anyway?
    Canon 135mm f2 L: Again, appears more "steppy" compared with the shorter focal-length lenses.

    Sigma art 18-35 f1.8 - Focus is smooth, but lens loses calibration when opened up all the way. Some items work well.






    Stay away:
    Canon 18-55 kit lens - Unusable
    Canon 100 f2.8 MAKRO
    Canon 100-400 F 4,5-5,6

    Sigma 24-35 F2.0 - No communication
    Sigma 70-200 2,8
    Sigma DG OS HSM
    Sigma 180 Macro DC OS HSM


    Nikon Mount

    ZOOMS
    Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 - WOkrs great (Thanks Kaku Ito)

    Comments after an extensive test of Nikon lenses:

    "most of the current prime lenses worked, too
    but with some Nikon lenses, I had to mark two positions to the supposed to be the same focal length when you are coming for near or far
    that means coming from infinity to 1meter and coming from near to 1meter, the position varies."

    From : Kaku Ito
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    Canon Mount

    Good:
    Sigma 11-16 f2.8 - Works great but a bit noisy
    Canon 24-70 f2.8 Generation I- Works great
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II- Works great
    Canon 50 f1.2 - Works great
    Canon 85 f1.2 - Works great
    Canon 135 f2.0 - Works great
    Canon 180 f3.5 MAKRO - Works great
    Canon 300 f2.8 - Works great

    Works (or stay away :-)
    Canon 24 f1.4 - looses sometimes the calibration and not always smooth focus pulls
    Canon 35 f1.4 - looses sometimes the calibration and not always smooth focus pulls

    Stay away:
    Canon 100 f2.8 MAKRO
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    and here a few pics of my setup:














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    Thanks Michael.

    I'll update the original list.

    Yup.

    This can be a helpful tool!
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    Good thread, thanks Gunleik and Michael !

    my modest contribution (the only electronic lens I own, used mostly for foolcoding) :
    Canon EF 40mm STM pancake : working great

    can also confirm the 85mm 1.2 and 50mm 1.2 work wonder with foolcontrol / REDLink / REDLinked knobs
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    I'll make this thread a sticky, if we can manage to develop a decent database.
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    In addition to the list above

    sigma art 24 f1.4 works great with redlink.
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    Whoa wait? So THC works with redlink protocol directly? Like you wouldn't need foolcontrol? Does it do start/stop and everything?

    Also, how hard is it to recalibrate if a lens loses calibration (specifically the Sigma 18-35)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P. View Post
    Whoa wait? So THC works with redlink protocol directly? Like you wouldn't need foolcontrol? Does it do start/stop and everything?

    Also, how hard is it to recalibrate if a lens loses calibration (specifically the Sigma 18-35)?
    Currently, (if foolcontrol cannot send a re-calibrate command, which IS in the redlink protocol), you have to unmount-remount the lens physically.
    Which is a hassle.

    But the protocol has a re-calibrate command (as I understand it) and it could be implemented.
    Then it takes about 1,5-2 seconds.

    As to the sigma 18-35, it crashes only when you try to open beyond 1.8. It seems like a calibration-fuckup in the RED database.

    Yup. Should work just great with the THC

    Michael K can probably fill in what you exactly need to get that up and running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunleik Groven View Post
    Currently, (if foolcontrol cannot send a re-calibrate command, which IS in the redlink protocol), you have to unmount-remount the lens physically.
    Which is a hassle.
    foolcontrol has a re-init lens on the focus page's option.

    FWIW to use THC with electronic lenses you need to have a REDLink bridge (won't work with a HOTLink, a Capio or an ethernet connection) as this module offers both wifi signal (right antenna) AND a RF signal (left antenna) to allow THC to talk directly to the camera without the WMD...

    (Not sure about WEAPON and direct RF connection tho...)
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