Looking to buy the Canon EOS 7d but...
Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:40 PM
I'm a newbie filmmaker looking to purchase the Canon EOS 60D within the next month but not sure of the correct lens to buy with the body. I want to shoot short film to gain experience in the filmmaking field. Particularly, I want to utilize a lens with good/excellent shallow depth of field without putting a dent in my wallet (no more then $500). I here Tameron lens are pretty good quality and aren't to expensive? In retrospect, what len's are good for shooting short film/ feature length? Im completely new to cinematography so any insight would be helpful
Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:31 PM
I own a 60D and I am very happy with it. That being said, it’s not the camera I would buy today. The Panasonic GH2 seems to be the best around at the moment… and it’s less expensive! Do some research on the GH2. It’s an exciting camera. Plus, it is mirrorless and has a shorter distance from the face of the lens mount to the sensor, which means that just about any lens can be adapted to it. For instance, Minolta and Canon FD lenses (excellent glass, mechanics, and affordability) can be adapted to the GH2 but NOT the 60D.
You may also want to consider the next generation of cameras (the ones that have not even been announced yet), which will almost certainly be released sometime in the next year. When Canon finally releases a replacement for the 60D it is likely to be a beast. Of course, if you currently own no camera then you probably want a camera in your hands as soon as possible. If I were you I think I might get a GH2 and a collection of very affordable Minolta primes (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 135mm). If you’re really, really new to cinematography a collection of manual prime lens will teach you a great deal about the craft.
Sorry if that is a bit long winded and sorry if I assumed too much about how "new" to cinematography you are.
Best of luck.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:41 AM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:01 AM
If you really wan to save some money, get a $10 M42 mount adaptor on ebay. Then you can get some really cheap M42 screw mount lenses (also on ebay or craigslist). I picked up a nice little Mamiya Sekor 50mm for $30 on craigslist and I use it all the time. See the image for quality example.
That's on a 60D, by the way.