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03-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Your Top & Worst Choice of Lens when shooting Video with K-7

I posted a thread awhile back asking about lens choice when shooting video, but the question was to broad and raised more questions then answers.
My apologies for this...

What I'm looking to do is create a matrix based on responses from fellow forum members. I will then post the data hopefully that will help others in the future.

Just as we all have lenses that perform certain tasks consistently. I'm sure that some lenses lend themselves much better to video shooting than others. I'm no expert but always having to play the guessing game gets old and I'm sure there are forum members that have already figured out which lenses are up to the task and others that are not.


Questions:

- Top Choice Lens when shooting video: please state lens model, type of activity, environment when shooting video, settings on camera if known

- Second Choice Lens when shooting video: please state lens model, type of activity, environment when shooting video, settings on camera if known

- Worst Choice Lens when shooting video: please state lens model, type of activity, environment when shooting video, settings on camera if known

I thank everyone in advance and hope that this post is more to the point...

03-04-2010, 01:34 AM   #2
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for me:

Top Choice: Any ~35mm F2 (or faster) prime. This focal length, in my opinion is the sweet spot for handheld DSLR video shooting, and DOF is just right. not too shallow, not too deep. Currently using an old Nikkor 35/2. It's not coated though, so not very good on a sunny day/in front of light sources. SMC would be very nice.

Second Choice: Any 28/2.8 lens or better yet, a 17-50 F2.8 zoom. Very versatile IMO. Bokeh won't be as nice as a prime though.

Worst Choice: Long focal length lenses (100mm above) because it makes the jello effect/rolling shutter VERY pronounced! Unless it's in a tripod and you plan to not pan at all.

I just keep the camera hunt for my desired exposure then hit the * button for AE lock


As for specific brands, model, I think it doesnt really matter as with still photos. Controlling chromatic aberration, purple fringing is more important in video than sharpness/IQ, since at 1280x720, all lenses when in correct focus seem sharp enough
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