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I have chosen the camera I will be using for this documentary (Canon Rebel T3i) and now I have several questions:
I need to know what lenses I should use. I will be doing up close interviews, run and gun following video, fixed distance video of the main person and his choir, and long distance video of setting up a production. Which lenses do you guys recommend?
Thank you much 🙂
Hi T-Nichs – congrats on the new camera! In addition to focal length, your lens selection depends a lot on your budget and your lighting assumptions.
Do you have $300 to spend? $500? $1000? $1500
Are you going to be shooting in well-lit or low light environments?
On an even tighter budget, with better lighting, you may be able to get away with a $413 Rokinon 14mm T3.1 at the wide end.
You really don't need autofocusing lenses because your camera is not able to autofocus in video mode. This could be a challenge for your run and gun shots.