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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:15 pm 
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Hey,

When it comes to shooting video I don't really know much. I have been asked to video a local play and am unsure about which lens to use.

Up until this weekend I would have used the 50mm 1.4 without even questioning (it's what I have always used and it works quite well). However now that I have the 24-105mm f4L lens which is better? Does the lens affect the video as much as it does the photograph? Also if I am videoing in low light would the f1.4 vs f4 have an affect (like it does in photography) on how well the video looked or does it work differently for video?

Any help would be great :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 8:02 pm 
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Definitely the 50, provided the actors don't hop around too much. Practice focusing ;)

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Thanks Citruspers but how does aperture work on video. What is it set at as default?

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Can't speak for Canon, but on Nikon, the aperture locks as soon as you enter video mode. So if you're shooting at F/2.8, and enter video mode, it will stay at F/2.8

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 10:14 pm 
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OK thanks Citruspers will have to do some research into canons video mode. :D

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For Canon you can adjust your aperture at anytime, including in the middle of a video.

As for what lens to use, remember that video is only 1080p, which is a succession of 2 megapixel images. A lot of lenses can handle 2 megapixels quite fine.

If you're going to be shooting handheld, get an IS lens. For videos, IS is muuuuch more important than for photos. If you're using a tripod, pretty much anything that has the focal length needed and an aperture wide enough to light up the scene will do the job fine.

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Thanks Jean-Pierre I quite liked using the 24-105mm but when I played it back the zoom was quit noisy. Maybe I just wasn't being careful enough.

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Any noise that make around your camera when using the internal mic is going to sound bad. Don't know how this translates for a mic mounted in the blitz shoe.
The internal mic doesn't really justify filming a play though.

If you follow the 180 degree rule your probably going to shoot at 1/50 at 24fps or 1/60 at 30fps so you have plenty light there.
Your L is going to do a great job if there is enough light. =)

IS like mentioned is absolutely crucial if shooting hand held.

Don't go too high in ISO for pretty result as well.

Do some testing on beforehand though and read plenty guides ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:58 am 
F4 is too dark for cropped sensors,if you want to film indoors too. the 50mm F/1.4 is your answer.
Still,IS is crucial for filming,but I don't know a good option with IS & bright aperture. You could use the 24-105mm,but mostly for outdoors.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:34 am 
prime lenses are good for video sharp and fast aperture lenses in general 2.8/2.0/1.8/1.4 btw i'm gonna look for FD prime lenses full Manuel lenses cheaper but your gonna need FD to eos adapter for it


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