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28mm vs 35mm. If could only buy 3 different sizes, what would they be for a feature?


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#1 Clint Nitkiewicz Hernandez

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 12:08 AM

I can buy 3 lenses for my m2 and hvx-200, I am buying all nikons still slr lenses fyi.

What 3 would everyone recommend, I am shooting a feature with plenty of wide shots, and internal shots, the whole mix...

Here is what I am considering;

lense 1.
f 2.8 28mm
or
f 1.4 35mm

lense 2 and 3
f 1.4 50mm
or
f 2.0 85mm
or
f 2.5 105mm

To me the the 28mm seems a bit slow at f 2.8, am I better off with a 35mm at 1.4? I really do need all the light I can get.


Heres a link to all the nikkon lenses available.
http://www.nikonusa....php?cat=1&grp=5
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 01:28 AM

Given those choices, I would take the 28, the 50 and the 85. They represent a nice wide, normal, and long lens. f2.8 isn't that fast but that just means you'll have to light up to at least a 2.8. No big deal. I think it's important to have since you say you have interiors, and I assume if you're using a redrock that you don't have sets with wild walls.

Another thing you might take into consideration is how much these particular lenses breath. My experience is that most lenses designed for still cameras breath like crazy to the point of being unuseable unless you can avoid changes in focus during the shot.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 03:59 AM

I'd probably get the 35, 50 and 85. That's a good range of focal lengths. The 28 you really can find fairly easily second hand on eBay or craigslist, and often one that's faster than 2.8.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 05 November 2007 - 04:00 AM.

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#4 Michael Nash

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 05:07 AM

A slow 28mm completely defeats the purpose of using a 35mm adapter...
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:32 AM

I use a Nikon 24mm f2 AIS that is a really beautiful lens that I would suggest instead of the 28mm.
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#6 Clint Nitkiewicz Hernandez

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:25 PM

24mm, doesnt that tend to bend straight lines?? I didnt even know they made those lenses.

http://www.nikonusa....php?cat=1&grp=5

I guess those are only new right, and I should go to ebay then for used, but I dont want scratches on my lens or mold or dust, kind of risky on ebay right?
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#7 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:00 PM

The 24mm has been around for quite awhile but they do show up used once from time to time. Like all photo lenses they are not as solidly constructed as cine lenses but they are more solid than the AF lenses.
Perhaps it's personal taste but I've always had a dislike for the 28mm unless absolutely necessary - seems like a "bastard" focal length between 24mm and 35mm.
I always like to test lenses before purchase because there really is so much at stake.
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#8 Cary Lee

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:20 PM

I myself use my 24mm f2.8 more than the 28mm F2.8 because I need it wider if I want to crop my footage later in post to 1:85:1 or 2:35:1 figures. Having the 24mm just gives more information in my final output. I also shoot 35mm f2.0 for my normal shots then use 85mm for telephoto and for extremes I use my 135mm f2 for those closeups. My 3 I would pick is 24mm,35mm and 85mm.
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#9 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:49 AM

I'd go with the 35, 50 and 85. Your basic lens set is 35, 50 and 75 for most 35mm packages and the lenses you're looking at are fast lenses with gives you even more flexibility. I feel with that combination you could hand most lighting situations, bright daylight, ambient lit interiors and everything in between. If they're PL mounts, you can always rent a 28mm and/or 105mm slow lens should the occasion arise.....which it probably won't. I honestly can't see why you would want to even consider the slower lenses when you're budget limits you to buying only one lens. B)
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