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What do you think are the best lenses for the job?


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#1 Reuel Gomez

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:46 PM

I know I'm not presenting a particular situation but in general, what do you think are the best lenses you've used? I'm not just talking about look or tech specs, but versatility and reliability as well.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:21 PM

It's hard to speak in the abstract since I tend to pick the tools for the particular project.  "Best" for one project may mean a grainier film stock or a softer lens, or it may all be about low-light capability, etc. "Best" is whatever gets the job done.  The same tool may be the "worst" choice for another project with different goals.

 

But if you want to deal with vague hypothetical situations, I tend to feel that Zeiss Master Primes are the most versatile simply because they are the sharpest, fastest, and least prone to flare, and it's always easier to soften a sharp lens than sharpen a soft one.  But that's such a generalized statement as to almost have no practical value.  My next project may need me to use the smallest and lightest primes I can find, or it may need to be entirely shot on a zoom, or it may need to be anamorphic, in which case the Master Primes would be the wrong choice.


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#3 Reuel Gomez

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 08:25 PM

Okay, I think I've come up with a good example. Say you were looking for something sharp, you were shooting digitally and probably half of the stuff you were shooting was at night or in darkness. What would you use?
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#4 Reuel Gomez

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

And you needed both Primes and Zooms and did a good deal of handheld and/or Steadicam
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:42 PM

But can the handheld and Steadicam stuff be shot on primes? If so, I'd say that Zeiss Master Primes and Fujinon Premier zooms are the sharpest and fastest.
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:54 PM

I'm actually interested to know, how would the Primo's compare to the MP's?
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#7 Jason Outenreath

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:54 PM

As far as lower end and more affordable lenses, I'm a huge fan of the Nikon Nikkor (with my GH3). I have a prime set (24, 35, 50, 85). Just got a handy micro four thirds adapter and they are beautiful. Of course, they're very sharp, which is a problem for some people, but I tend to like that more than the milkier Canon lenses.


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

As far as lower end and more affordable lenses, I'm a huge fan of the Nikon Nikkor (with my GH3). I have a prime set (24, 35, 50, 85). Just got a handy micro four thirds adapter and they are beautiful. Of course, they're very sharp, which is a problem for some people, but I tend to like that more than the milkier Canon lenses.

Isn't Nikon coming out with a set of cine-style primes?
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#9 Jason Outenreath

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

That's what I hear, should be exciting.


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