Hello I'm new to photography and film making, I have a Lumix G5 and only have the 14-42mm lens that came with it. I was wondering are there any lenses that I should invest into first that are must haves for photography and short film making?
A set of must have lenses?
Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:20 PM
I'm a big fan of the voigtlaender f0.95 25mm prime.
Its a great lens - the look is a bit extreme fully open but a nice lens stopped down a bit. I did a music video on the AF101 almost entirely on that lens:
(although youtube compressions killed it a bit)
Also I've heard good things about the SLR magic 12mm:
Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:38 PM
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mm f4 [V],
Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM [EOS],
Canon 5200mm f14 [FD],
Carl Zeiss 50mm f0.7 Planar [BNC],
Nikon 6mm f2.8 [F]
Everyone must have at least 2 of each of those lenses or they're not a serious photographer/filmmaker... just kidding!
It's a tough question. You have a lot of choices, and they all have plusses and minuses. Honestly, you're a lot better off shooting with what you've got, and focus on practicing. The Voigtlander mentioned above is a fantastic lens. If you're more interested in cinematography, you might do better with a PL-Micro 4/3 adapter and some super 16 lenses. Read as much as you can, and buy lenses piece by piece. I like old Pentax screwmount lenses for still photography and Cooke cine lenses. But that's just my preference.