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January 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm #1790
been away from here for a while as I’ve been doing theatre stuff. I’ve wanted a Canon D7 for a while now and have finaly decided to buy one. I’ve been researching lenses and have found 2 in particular coming up a lot. The Tokina 11-16MM F/2.8[/url:d9mj1edd] and the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS[/url:d9mj1edd]
Anyone got either of these and can recommend. Or even better does anyone know of a cheaper lense that is just as good?January 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm #6077
Those lenses are great if you have a huge budget and want to take amazing photos but to be honest when shooting video on these cameras each frame is basically downscaled by a factor of 8, so your 16 megapixel image is turned into a 2 megapixel image for 1080p video
So.. nearly all lenses no matter how cheap they are will give you fantastic image results on these cameras as when you downscale a soft edge lens it becomes a hard edge anyway providing a really sharp image, if you are using the camera for photography then i would invest in the high end lenses.
What you really need to "focus" on is fast lenses, ie. lenses that have a really low aperture,These lenses let the most amount of light into the camera so are really good for achieving huge depth of field and can shoot in really low light situations, the lower the aperture the more light you can use and the more depth of field you can achieve, theses can start to get pricy too as most expensive lenses tend to have lower apertures but there are a few that have lower apertures anyway, like the very cheap 50mm 1.8 FIXED lens by canon which goes for about €120. but as the name suggests this is a fixed lens so no zooming in and out, in fact most fixed lenses tend to have the lowest apertures as they have less actual glass lenses built into the mechanism and are designed with only one sweet spot on the lens. but you must also remember the crop factor, a 50mm lens on a 7D is really like a 70mm lens, 1.6 crop factor, The 5d doesn’t have this problem as it has a crop factor of 1.0
The kit lens 18-135 is a very good lens for the price and has a fairly low aperture (low means big hole but small number) for most everyday usage, for those really dark scenes and those sweet shots of high depth of field go and get yourself a 50mm (1.8 -€120, or 1.4 €400) or maybe a 30mm low aperture cheap lens, then go and get yourself a nice cheap zoom lens, Will tend to have higher aperutres but all zoom lenses do.
My current lens collection for video is thus
Kit lens 18-135mm – canon (€400) cheaper when bought with camera (would like a lower aperture)
50mm, 1.8 – canon (€120) (amazing value for money – incredible images,
70mm-300mm – sigma (€190) (this lens will very rarely be used, but is handy to have in your bag just in case you need a long lens. – good image quality but wouldn’t be great for night shooting)
Would love a 10-20mm low ap lens aswell though. my next purchase methinks..
If you search for reviews for these lenses you will see that some may get a poor review here and there but you must keep in mind you are not a photographer but shooting for video and that makes a huge difference.
If you are loaded and want to spend a lot of money you can’t go wrong by sticking with the Canon L series lenses all of them are amazing.January 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm #6078
Those prices are much better! Thanks Dan, that’s great information. It’s video I’ll be buying the camera for so won’t be spending big money on lenses just yet.January 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm #6079
Bought my lovely 7D today! Along with the 18-135mm and the 50mm lenses. Thanks for all the help Dan.
I’m off to order a Rode mic from Amazon now…January 30, 2010 at 1:39 am #6080
thats the job!
Well wear!March 2, 2010 at 11:01 am #6083
Robert Rodriguez using a 7D:
[attachment=0:fpnviohw]P1000107.jpg[/attachment:fpnviohw]March 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm #6084
That’s cool Dan. Some amount of equipment he has with it.March 27, 2010 at 11:42 am #6081SeanBreathnachKeymaster
The 550d and 7d are practically the same price on this site:
www.seanbreathnach.comMarch 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #6082
must be an error?May 8, 2010 at 9:13 am #6076
New teaser of House Finale shot entirely on Canon DSLR 7DMay 11, 2010 at 11:59 am #6075PadosMember
Hi Dan – the final episode of HOUSE was actually shot on 3 5D Mark IIs
http://philipbloom.co.uk/2010/05/08/fir … ow-online/
looks great!May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm #6085
apologies, i tend to call all the DSLRs, 7D’s,
also a Lucasfilm being shot on 1d mk IV’s ,5D’s and 7D’s
amazing times eh?
I also heard of another feature being shot in Cork entirely on DSLR’s something on the examiner about some guy called Pados??
Looking forward to that one, might even get a free ticket from a friend of mine??May 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm #6086quinnyMember"Dan":11524zw6 wrote:I also heard of another feature being shot in Cork entirely on DSLR’s something on the examiner about some guy called Pados??[/quote:11524zw6]
no doubt it’ll be shitMay 14, 2010 at 11:28 am #6087PadosMember
I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about…..
absolutely amazing times Dan! The digital revolution is here!
More info on that movie from the examiner article soon – website to be launched in a week or so and then I’ll put up an official post here!
quinny – thanks for keeping me grounded ” title=”Razz” />May 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm #6088quinnyMember"Pados":1s7k9km9 wrote:quinny – thanks for keeping me grounded ” title=”Razz” />[/quote:1s7k9km9]
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