Over time I have come up with a list of lens accessories that help me stay nimble while shooting. In this video, we take a look at how I prepare lenses for fast pace shooting scenarios and how I use the Genestech Eclipse Fader ND.
Lens reviews and lens accessories for DSLRs and cinema cameras.
This guide is for people looking to modify their lenses to work well for video and film use.
I’ve put together a list of all the manual lens sets I recommend and use. In this guide you’ll find video reviews, descriptions, info on where to buy lenses and links to adapters you’ll need. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Everyone loves a fast and sharp lenses and today I’m showing you how to get a fast, sharp AND affordable lens for $50!
The Canon 40mm F2.8 STM recently went on sale for $129 online so I had to grab one. I don’t have that many lenses and I really wanted a small lens for the EOS-M to use for podcasting. So now my lens collection is as follows:
- Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC
- Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro
- Canon 40mm F2.8 STM
- Zenitar 16mm F2.8 Wide Angle Prime
- Other random manual lenses…
Next I’d like to get a 70-200 and a 16-35. But the lenses I have now are working great.
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 rocked the Internet when it was announce. A zoom lens with an aperture of F1.8? WHAT! And let me tell you, it wasn’t just hype. This lens is beautiful. And don’t get scared off by the focal length, on an APS-C sensor this lens is perfect.
I really couldn’t find anything wrong with this lens so the pros and cons list is a little uneven:
- Cost effective – $800 is not bad for a lens that is this fast.
- Fast – F1.8 is smoking fast for a zoom lens.
- Good range – With crop sensors the range is very usable. So much so, that I would consider recommending this lens over a 24-70mm as the best first zoom lens for beginners.
- Usable (somewhat) on full-frame cameras – While this is an APS-C lens, you can actually use almost half the range on a full-frame camera. So it becomes a 28-35mm F1.8 lens on your 5D.
- Range is limited – Not a big deal in my mind given it is made from crop sensors.
- No IS – Again, not a big deal considering Image Stabilization would add a good deal of cost to this lens. But it would be very nice.
Check out the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 on B&H Photo Video
A couple weeks ago I was traveling with my wife and we stopped in at the Armstrong Redwoods. As per usual, we broke out the camera for some stills. I wasn’t planning on shooting any video, but got a hankering to get some footage of those incredible trees and the lighting was amazing. Of course without any monopod or rig that was going to be difficult. But I did have a camera strap and my Tamron 24-70mm with VC (Vibration Control). So I turned on the VC and used the strap to get some smooth shots. Check out the video below to see the results. Not bad!
I’ve been using the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC for some time now and really love it. It has become my main lens for almost everything. And the VC feature makes it a no brainer for DSLR video.
This is the adapter I used, its really cheap ($6.30!) and works great!
Fotodiox Black M42 Lens to Canon EOS DSLR Adapter.
Price: 8/10 – $350 is a great deal for this lens.
Glass Quality: 5/10 – Not very sharp.
Build Quality: 7/10 – For a plastic lens, this is great.
Features: 8/10 – LOVE the smooth click less aperture ring and lens gears. Would be 10 if it had auto focus, but that would also raise the price a lot.
Bottom line: Would I recommend buying one? Yes.
I have had the Rokinon 8mm Cine lens with the Canon mount for a month now, and I have to say I really like it. It is such a fun lens. Composing shots has never been as entertaining. At first use I thought 8mm is almost too wide to be useful, but after taking the lens downtown and shooting a good deal with it, I really think there is a place for this lens in my bag.
Check out the review and let me know what you think!
There is a wonderful world of manual lenses out there. This guide is dedicated to using Nikkor lenses on Canon, and other camera mounts. Using a Nikon to Canon adapter you can bring these incredible lenses back to life.
Here is what we will be covering:
- [1:45] Different Types of Nikkor Lenses (NON-AI, AI, and AIS)
- [5:25] How to Adapter the Nikon Mount to Canon and Others
- [9:49] Why Use Manual Nikkors?
- [12:50] Where to Buy Nikkor Lenses
- [14:20] How to Customize These Lenses for Video
There are many great tools out there, but every now and then you come across one that changes how you shoot. Well, today I am sharing a review of one of those tools. Xume Adapters have changed the way I use filtration on my projects. What use to be a hassle when working with filters and multiple lenses, is now an effortless task.
Ethics Statement: I did not pay for this review unit. I am not being paid for this review.
The guys from Xume contacted me and shared a solution to the lens cap issue:[sws_blockquote_endquote align="right" cite="Xume Team" quotestyle="style02"]We’ve already solved the lens cap issue: Pop your lens cap into a holder and it works great. We’re offering additional holders at discount with our kits so you can dedicate a holder or two to your lens cap(s). [/sws_blockquote_endquote]
I’ve always enjoyed Vincent’s training. He is a very good teacher While most of the time he is pretty intense, in this series on lenses he lets loose a little bit, hangs out at vimeo and dresses up in a viking costume…
Check it out:
Over the past 2 years I’ve come up with a couple tips for making using photography lenses for video easier. I would love to hear what you do to prep your lenses for video production.
What are the best prime lenses for shooting DSLR video? In this episode I share what I have found works well for me.