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Filmmaking / Directing : Help! by Avery Vanderkuip

Avery Vanderkuip


Any suggestions on dslr lens? Already have a 50mm; But thinking of a tele zoom lens of some sort. Something with a good cinematic feel and look to it. Help please!!:) and thank you

Jason Morris

First I wold pick up the cheap Canon 50mm lens (i see you have a 50mm already if it is fast then you wont need this), it is a great lens for around $130 and a 50mm is versatile. Then I would aim for the Rokinon lenses to flesh out the kit, particularly the 85mm costing around $350 and also the 35mm around $450, then look for an older Tokina 11-16mm they can go for anywhere from $150-$400 bit it is a great wide lens. I would also pick up a 300mm lens a canon if possible the older tan colored lenses are great but there are some cheap Rokinon's too. Good luck.

Avery Vanderkuip

Thank you all! I'll get looking!:)

Doug Nelson

I advise staying away from zooms for cine use. Pick up a couple of prime lenses - since you have the 50mm,, try to find an 85mm or a 105mm next.

Chad Mercree

I agree with Jason Morris 100%.

Monserrate Pagan Jr

I carry four lens - all "fast" 50-85 -30-300 I also carry a slower lens 24 -150 for very sunny days You might even get away with a zoom up to 200 but in my experience I found that the 300 covers those odd out times when I can't get close. In the past before my 300 I was disappointed with the size of the final shot - Do you shoot video or stills only>>??

Luke Stewart

85mm is my fav for close ups. Thats on a 1.6 crop factor sensor, btw.

Monserrate Pagan Jr

My Canon is full frame (6D) I also have a Nikon 180 that I use for portrait sometimes.

Simon King

Zoom v. prime is an issue for me as I demand primes for cine work but prefer high-end zooms (Canon) for my photo work. Blah... Blah... Blah... I must win the lottery!

Monserrate Pagan Jr

I have used zooms on occasion but prefer primes, experience knowing what area you prime will cover is my key. I picked a large room 12 feet wide and 20 feet long. Standing in the center camera tripod of the long end (20 feet) room and I also set 5 foot post at 3, 5, 9, 13, 20, feet one stand center (6 feet) on left and right against the wall using each lens Shots - room empty - one person sanding at each post marker and at far end of room - then the person against each wall I use these shots to compare against any shots I take - over years I can judge pretty well what lens covers and how close - lens - 24, 35, 50, 85, 135, 200, 300 Now a days I can pretty much crop any thing but when you shot film it saved me a lot of money LOL

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