finding the best lens

parksraye77's picture
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hi so i looking to start a youtube channel i do not know too much about cameras. i am thinking about getting a t3i then getting a nicer lens i am only 14 so i do not have too much money so i am willing to spend 200$ on a lens. does anyone have a suggestions??

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Hi parksraye77 - welcome to the world of large sensor, interchangeable lens video !

Sadly, if your principal interest is video, you may want to avoid the Canon T3i.

The T3i lacks:

- 1080/60fps for smooth HD slow motion (it is limited to 30 frames per second)

- the ability to record for more than 12 minutes continuously

- a usable viewfinder when you switch to "Live View" (video) mode

- compatibility with affordable power zoom lenses

Plus, Canon DSLRs in this price range suffer from a phenomenon known as "moire" as the result of poor downscaling. Panasonic G and GH cameras, on the other hand, have a better downscaling algorithm. Here are a couple of side-by-sides between the Canon 60D and a moire-resistant Panasonic GH camera:

- 60D vs GH2 Moire Test:

- Canon 60D vs Panasonic GH2 evil moiré test:

Newer Canon cameras are not much better. Here is a side-by-side between the Canon 60D and 70D:

- Canon 70D and 60D moire comparison:

Instead of a Canon DSLR, you might want to seriously consider the $515 (with 14-42mm kit lens) Panasonic G6 (

The G6 has an electronic viewfinder you can actually use for shooting video outdoors in bright sunlight (when a DSLR's LCD is likely to be washed out), a built-in intervalometer, focus peaking, full manual control of exposure in video mode and compatibility with Panasonic video optimized lenses with silent autofocus motors.

Here is the image quality this camera can produce:


Music Video


Slow Motion/Sport


Travel Video

And it's a good still camera too: (link is external)

To be fair, Canons in this price range are better still cameras - but Panasonic G and GH cameras are a much better all-around choice for both video and stills.

I started out with a Canon T2i for video but I quickly switched to Panasonic.

In my experience, Panasonic G and GH cameras are the best value-for-money video/still hybrid cameras you can buy.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!

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