It seems like I prefer wider lenses closer to the subjects for dialogue, It makes me feel like I'm there in the room with the characters. When I back up and use a longer lens to get the framing, I feel disconnected from the characters, like I am just a voyeur, excluded....
I would like to incorporate more ECU's into my storytelling. I really like the shots of the dilated pupil and etc. in "Requiem for a dream"
Could I get away with just using a longer lens? Or should I look for a Macro lens for those types of shots? One thing I was worried about is that I can't get my camera close enough to the subject to make a macro lens worthwhile when it's on sticks. So for cinematography with big heavy tripods and camera support that gets in the way, would it be better for me to get a 200mm lens and shoot from 2 ft. away? Or should I get a 100mm macro and just figure out ways to rig the camera closer to the subject?
What do you prefer as a cinematographer? What would be more useful to you? Why would you choose one over the other? Keep in mind I mostly shoot BMCC, so a 100mm lens would give same FOV as 160mm on S35