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Zoom vs. Prime...or both? - Documentary & Run/Gun Work
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:19:40 PM »
Greetings folks!

Looking to accumulate a slow growing collection of lenses for run/gun work as well as some work in controlled environments for interviews etc. for documentary work.

What do you guys think of the following:

1. 24-70
2. 24-105
3. 70-200

Which is the best/most useful for a starting zoom.  I don't think my Tamron 17-50 cuts it, unless I need to give it a second chance since I'll be upgrading to the 5D MKIII (from 60d)

Also this is what I already have:

A. Canon 50 1.8
B. Tamron 17-50 2.8
C. Samyang 85 1.8

I'm looking to do most of the video/interview run and gun stuff by myself so that should be kept in mind.




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Re: Zoom vs. Prime...or both? - Documentary & Run/Gun Work
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 03:32:20 PM »
I have both primes and zooms, but my core video kit is my:

Tokina 11-16
Sigma 18-50 (now fixed and better than ever)
Canon 70-200 f2.8 nonIS

Constant f2.8, range of 18mm-320mm equivalent.

Zooms are far better for me for run and gun. Less to carry, less frequent changing. F2.8 more forgiving that f1.4 etc.

Just my opinion.  The problem is more often keeping things dark when its bright than making things bright when its dark.

Looking for a good nd16.