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Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:00:43 AM »
Hey guys. I plan on purchasing a 5D Mark III soon, but there are a couple problems. One: I don't own any lenses (compatible with full-frame). Two: I'm on a budget (So can't get things like 70-200 2.8) What would you recommend. So far, I've been considering the 24-70mm 2.8 (instead of kit lens), 50mm 1.8, and 85mm 1.8. What should I add/change/remove and why? These lenses will mainly be used for video but will be taking a few stills with it. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 09:05:15 AM »
I can really recommend the 50mm 1.4. It's not very expensive and allows for a nice limited DoF.

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 09:12:10 AM »
I find the 24-105L f4 IS is a good video lens. The IS is an advantage with hand rigs and with the zoom, you don't have to change lenses. The price is also relatively low especially if you get it as a kit lens, or used.

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 10:00:29 AM »
If you like the wide end, try out the 17-40mm, it's excellent and the cheapest 'L' too!

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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 10:38:26 AM »
for video....if you're on a budget, I don't think you should be looking at the best lenses from Canon. You could wait for the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, should be released very soon ($900-1000?), seems like a good all around lens.

I think the lack of image stabilization in fast top Canon lenses makes them too expensive for videographers. If you're going to spend a lot in a lens for video, it should have IS.

I'd get something similar to this set, there are other options but most have slower apertures.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4

I think this should cover most of your shots, maybe get a telephoto later.  :)






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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012, 10:53:21 AM »
remember, to achieve the similar FOV in Super 35mm format, crop factor should be considered.
eg. in S35mm digital cinema cameras like FS100, Red or Arri Alexa, the FOV of 35mm is approximately equivalent to 50mm on a full frame, 50mm eqv. 85mm etc. Full frame offers a wider FOV.

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 11:53:32 AM »
Zeiss ZE, I've been testing them over the last few months and I am about to sell off all my L lenses and replace them with their Zeiss counterparts.  I'll probably keep my 14L II, but if the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 comes out next month I'll probably get rid of it as well.  The focus ring/throw is infinitely better than trying to pull focus with Canon glass.  It's incredibly sharp glass edge to edge and wide open, color rendition is beautiful, flare is incredibly well-controlled.

You could start with the 35mm f/2, it's a useful focal length and a nice example of what Zeiss lenses can do.  The 50mm f/1.4 is $725 and also a great lens, but I prefer the 50mm f/2 Makro. 

I've been shooting DSLR video for over 2 years now and have shot 70 bands in the last 7 months alone, so I've had quite a bit of experience dealing with L glass for video.  As much as I love my L glass the Zeiss stuff is just superior for video, no contest for me.  I never use AF so no sense in paying for it when the money could be going towards optical quality.
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 11:53:32 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 11:54:20 AM »
for video....if you're on a budget, I don't think you should be looking at the best lenses from Canon. You could wait for the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, should be released very soon ($900-1000?), seems like a good all around lens.

I think the lack of image stabilization in fast top Canon lenses makes them too expensive for videographers. If you're going to spend a lot in a lens for video, it should have IS.

I'd get something similar to this set, there are other options but most have slower apertures.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4

I think this should cover most of your shots, maybe get a telephoto later.  :)

The tokina doesn't function well on full frame, I'd stay away from it.
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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012, 01:14:18 PM »
Hey guys. I plan on purchasing a 5D Mark III soon, but there are a couple problems. One: I don't own any lenses (compatible with full-frame). Two: I'm on a budget (So can't get things like 70-200 2.8) What would you recommend. So far, I've been considering the 24-70mm 2.8 (instead of kit lens), 50mm 1.8, and 85mm 1.8. What should I add/change/remove and why? These lenses will mainly be used for video but will be taking a few stills with it. Thanks!

2.8's are nice but theres certainly nothing wrong with using an f/4 lens. You'll find it's extremely difficult to maintain focus with a 2.8 unless you lower the f/stop. Also the shallow depth of field is something that's overused, you can easily achieve shallow depth of field with a full frame sensor even with an f/4 lens. Just remember to get an L and/or IS.

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 10:43:01 AM »
for video....if you're on a budget, I don't think you should be looking at the best lenses from Canon. You could wait for the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, should be released very soon ($900-1000?), seems like a good all around lens.

I think the lack of image stabilization in fast top Canon lenses makes them too expensive for videographers. If you're going to spend a lot in a lens for video, it should have IS.

I'd get something similar to this set, there are other options but most have slower apertures.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4

I think this should cover most of your shots, maybe get a telephoto later.  :)

The tokina doesn't function well on full frame, I'd stay away from it.

Valid point, I forgot it was for the 5D. Forgot about the different sensor sizes, I have a 60D. Anyway, he could get a better equivalent for the 5D, the other 2 should work.

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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2012, 10:43:41 PM »
If I can have only one, I go 24-105L every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2012, 02:13:32 AM »
Samyang primes?
Cheapo, all-manual (hard focus stops) and pretty nice for its price.

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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2012, 02:59:47 PM »
for video....if you're on a budget, I don't think you should be looking at the best lenses from Canon. You could wait for the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, should be released very soon ($900-1000?), seems like a good all around lens.

I think the lack of image stabilization in fast top Canon lenses makes them too expensive for videographers. If you're going to spend a lot in a lens for video, it should have IS.

I'd get something similar to this set, there are other options but most have slower apertures.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 IS
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4

I think this should cover most of your shots, maybe get a telephoto later.  :)

I'll second that.

The 24-70L is great for video - sharp with excellent color/bokeh (use cinestyle to reduce the deep contrast), but if you're going to be walking/shooting, you will want IS.
The Tamron might not look as nice, plus IS degrades image quality, so I'd wait for reviews, but it might be just what you need.

The 50 1.8 is a must.
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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2012, 02:59:47 PM »

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Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 01:26:23 AM »
How yagonna pull focus on the 50/1.8?

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2012, 07:39:11 PM »
When I started out using the Canon DSLR for video, I purchased a set of old manual Nikon primes. You can pick them up for a song on eBay and using an adapter to mount them to the Canon body is no problem. They are superb glass and the other advantage is that they give you a unique image compared to the standard Canon glass that everyone else is using on their cameras.

My favourites were the Nikon 50mm f1.2 that I used mainly for poor light scenes and pack shots (has an incredible bokeh). I also loved the 80mm f1.4 for portrait shots. I liked the 55mm macro for intricate work and some pack shots. I used the old Sigma 14mm for my ultra wides, but I had to crop the image as it doesn't quite extend to FF.

As time moved on and I could afford more expensive lenses, I eventually ditched my Nikon primes for Canon primes. My favourite lens to this day is the 14mm f2.8L USM II. But for the price of that single lens, you can get an entire set of older manual primes to suit your needs.

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2012, 07:39:11 PM »