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October 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM #70841
Hi. I am wondering what kind of lens does the narrow range focus where the rest of the field is blurred. It's a technique (surely manual) that is used quite a bit these days (sometimes overused). An example is in this You Tube video where they pan through details in the interior of the Ferrari. I have several video cameras, but I was wondering what general type of lens does this.
October 14, 2013 at 4:04 AM #208833brunerwwMember
Depth-of-field can be controlled with aperture, focal length and sensor size. Today, most shooters control it with sensor size. In general, the larger the sensor, the shallower the depth-of-field.
Here is a chart of relative sensor sizes (your camcorder's sensor is probably 2/3" or smaller):
Generally, however, shooters who want shallow depth of field buy video capable, large sensor DSLRs, such as the Full Frame Canon 5D Mark III, APS-C Canon 70D or mirrorless DSLMs, such as the Micro 4/3 Panasonic GH3.
If you want shallow depth of field, and don't want to spend a lot of money, you can get an APS-C sensor Canon EOS M with the 22mm f2 lens for $342.
Here is what this camera/lens combination can do:
Hope this is helpful,
October 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM #208836
Thank you Bill for the tutorial. I really appreciate it!
March 25, 2014 at 2:33 AM #210102Aviv VanaParticipant
Like Bill said, after you get a bigger chip camera the next thing is the a lens which has a large aperture (i.e. 1.2-2.8). The truth is, once you have a big chip, which most dslr's today have, you will get that shallow depth of field even if the lens has a bigger aperture number like f4-5.6.
My blog has many interviews and tips from top shooters that might help you as well.
March 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM #210164
Thank you very much, Aviv! I will visit your web address.
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