What lenses do you use for video?

Artaius

Staff member
Nov 13, 2019
53
34
60
www.digitalcameraworld.com
After moving more and more into shooting video i the past couple of years, I've been gradually retooling my kit with a mind towards lenses that perform well for video. Or, conversely, replacing lenses that don't perform well for video (such as those with noisy autofocus).

Curious to know what lenses people are using, either native or adapted. I know that "proper video" should be manually focused, but I shoot a lot of vlogs so I often rely on lenses with good AF.

For my Micro Four Thirds setup, the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 Pro is pretty immaculate for video. Fantastic focal range (24-80mm equivalent) and very quiet, reactive autofocus – plus it's weather sealed. In a pinch, or for B-camera shots, I'll use the 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens, which is motorized and a brilliant little performer, but the aperture is too slow unless I'm using supplemental light.

On my Canon setup, I'm primarily using the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 as it's a glorious and compact lens with snappy focus – and the RF control ring means you can have on-lens aperture control. The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 and Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 are both absolutely brilliant, though they come with that horrendous price tag! Obviously shooting 4K on the EOS R introduces a horrible crop, so I also use the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 when I want to shoot wide…
 

Matt Greenwood

Staff member
Nov 19, 2019
26
12
35
How is the RF 35 holding up for video? I've heard on the grape vine that it can be a tad noisy at times, are you picking anything up in your audio? Probably less of an issue for Vlog-esque content since the camera is further from the mic (if you're using a lav or boom?) - but interested to know how loud it really is.
 

Artaius

Staff member
Nov 13, 2019
53
34
60
www.digitalcameraworld.com
I can't say as I've had any issues with it. It's obviously ideal for vlogging, but I haven't had any noticeable noise from it during more serious filmmaking either – though admittedly the sound in my content would drown out the noise.

Anecdotally, it's a quiet little lens – never noticed anything on the review sample I had from Canon or the one I bought myself, and was always impressed at how quiet it was. I'll give it a closer ear next time I'm shooting and let you know if it misbehaves!

How is the RF 35 holding up for video? I've heard on the grape vine that it can be a tad noisy at times, are you picking anything up in your audio? Probably less of an issue for Vlog-esque content since the camera is further from the mic (if you're using a lav or boom?) - but interested to know how loud it really is.
 

Matt Greenwood

Staff member
Nov 19, 2019
26
12
35
That's reassuring - I still remember the days of shooting with the first generation Canon nifty fifty and having people ask if my camera was broken from all the screeching haha.
 
Jul 23, 2020
3
2
15
Nimbus - 2000. Excellent stabilization throughout the entire process. I believe that all flying machines should be like this.
 
I enjoy using my Sigma art 50mm f/1.4, it looks great when shooting video. Ive heard 50mm looks the most natural to the human eye. I’ve also used the Canon 35mm f/2 a couple of times and it’s a great lens with a nice clear image. Then I have the Canon 24mm f/2.8 pancake for when I need those ultra wide shots.
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY