finding the best lens

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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!

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

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