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May 07, 2012 21:19 |  #1

Hey all, I'm sure there are a million lens questions here. But this is what I'm running / owning right now.

I have the following:

T2i
50mm 1.4
15-85mm 3.5-5.6
Flycam Nano DSLR
Rode Videomic
An assortment of filters

So, I really like the width of the 15-85mm on video but the speed leaves something to be desired. I just have a hard time shooting indoors with that high F-stop.

I have a baby enroute and was considering upgrading for a new prime ... but there is so much competition in the 50mm equivalent space on the 1.6 crop factor bodies.

Sigma 28 /1.8
Sigma 30 / 1.4
Canon 28 / 1.8
Canon 35 / 2

While I like the Tokina 11-16, I just think i Need something versatile for photos + video. I plan on making videos in the coming weeks of my child's birth, the inside of the hospital, etc. I probably don't need full width that i get with my 15-85mm, but you know.

Any suggestions on how to round out my kit with 1 new lens? The 15 sucks at 30mm because the barrel hold is poor and any movement on the flycam or even handheld will cause shifting. If I keep it at 15mm on the low end I"m ok but other than that and i get focal creep which in turn messes with my F-stop since it isn't constant.




  
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May 07, 2012 21:40 |  #2

I have a T2i, 17-55mm f/2.8, and Sigma 30mm, and I use the 17-55mm 95% of the time. Just a great versatile lens for video, if a little on the large and heavy side. If you can't spring for the Canon, try the Sigma alternative - 17-50mm, I think.

If you're stuck on getting a prime, I'd go with the 30mm 1.4 of those you listed.


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May 07, 2012 21:49 |  #3

Check out some vintage glass. A lot of the old Nikon primes can be had for around $200 and slap a EOS adapter on there and you're set.


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May 08, 2012 00:40 |  #4

rokinon/samyang 35mm

this lens will give you the absolute best that you can possibly get for video in the sub $1500 range. It's quality is on par with the 35L. It has a nice long focus throw, manual aperture control, and produces a great image. Only downside is it's a manual lens, no autofocus.

I'd compare it to the Zeiss ZF glass


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May 09, 2012 08:38 |  #5

gibsonla wrote in post #14397017 (external link)
rokinon/samyang 35mm

this lens will give you the absolute best that you can possibly get for video in the sub $1500 range. It's quality is on par with the 35L. It has a nice long focus throw, manual aperture control, and produces a great image. Only downside is it's a manual lens, no autofocus.

I'd compare it to the Zeiss ZF glass

Thanks .. for video manual focus is OK anyway




  
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May 09, 2012 09:57 |  #6

I have the Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS for video and i really like it. The OS is great and the only Con I can come up with is that it has a short focus throw.




  
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May 09, 2012 10:01 |  #7
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I don’t know if you’re a member of DVX user forums but there’s a TON of information for video.


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May 09, 2012 10:10 |  #8

gibsonla wrote in post #14397017 (external link)
rokinon/samyang 35mm....

Absolutely. There is little substitute for good fast glass.

I love mine with the only caveat that there is some chromatic fringing when wide open. You can only see it at 10x zoom and click back half a stop and it goes.


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May 09, 2012 10:17 |  #9

Canon 24-105, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, and one prime 50mm are the usuals I recommend highly.

IF i had to pick on, the 24-105 because of the IS.


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May 09, 2012 13:23 |  #10

I agree the 24-105 is a great outdoor lens for events, and people, with the zoom giving great flexibility and a good overall range. As a "Slap it on and forget about it" lens it takes a lot of beating. The AF is great for initial quick focus acquisition as well. If I could have only have one lens from my stock this would certainly be the one.

If only it was f:1.4 it would be perfect. And that is the rub, it's a bit slow indoors.

On a cropped sensor 35mm is probably more use than a 50mm which seems to always be the wrong length.


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