May 25, 2015 at 10:00AM

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Zeiss focal lengths for Super35?

Hi,

I've never hired lenses I always use what I have, but next week I have a job that someone wants to rent lenses for. He's paying so it's no skin off my nose! He wants to rent two Zeiss lenses, and I think the most sensible option would be one for interview and one wide (not TOO wide! Like between 28 and 35mm FF equiv). What are the best options in EF mount for a c100?

Or if people think differently if you could only rent two, what would you go for? It's a short documentary but a well considered one, with specific shots to capture. Only one main interview.

Thanks for any help.

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Hi,

It really depends on the look you want to achieve, 35mm is the "normal" look for a S35 (think about it like the 50mm for Full Frame). I'd personally go for a 28 and a 50 for the interview (85mm is a good option too but perhaps a little too long, better for big close ups, or details for insert shots). Of course this is if you are shooting in normal 16:9, if you plan to go to a 2.35 aspect ratio, It'll be better to go little wider perhaps for the wide lens. Hope this helps.

May 26, 2015 at 3:38PM

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Ulises Bravo
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It really depends on the look you want to achieve. 35mmm is the "normal" for a s35 sensor (think of it as the 50mm for the full frame). I'd personally go with the 28mm wide and 50mm for the interview. 85mm could be a good choice too but perhaps a little too long (i like it more for big close ups and detail insert shots). All of this if you are planning shooting in 16:9 but if you go with a 2.35 aspect ratio, perhaps you should go a little wider (25 or 21 maybe?). Hope this helps.

May 26, 2015 at 4:32PM

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Ulises Bravo
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A 24mm is your bread and butter 35mm equivalent, and a 50mm for close up for the interview.

May 26, 2015 at 6:40PM

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Geoff C. Bassett
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I've always been partial to the 24mm and 35mm, and then usually a 50 for close-up interviews. If it feels to close than the 85mm is really excellent also(every once in a while, the interviewee might not like that camera so close). I generally don't go wider than 85mm myself but I know a lot of people like the 135mm also and sometimes the 180mm. With the 35mm and 85mm you can get the superspeeds which are really nice in those type of run and gun shoots to get that little bit of extra light.

May 26, 2015 at 6:44PM

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Tony
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First, let's look at equiv 'cause you mention something between 28mm and 35mm FF)
Zeiss 15mm 2.8 ZE or CP2 (21,75mm equiv)
Zeiss 21mm 2.8 ZE or CP2 (30,45mm equiv)
Zeiss 28mm 2.0 ZE or CP2 (40.6mm equiv)
Zeiss 35mm 2.0 ZE or CP2 (50.75mm equiv)
Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZE or 2.1 CP2 ( 72.5mm equiv)

I would go with 21mm, 35mm and 50mm, there's a 25mm F2 ZE that also exist if you want to go closer to 35mm equiv. I think the 21mm is a really good lens, nice MFD, sharp across the edge at 2.8. I suggest you get a 50mm 'cause you'll surely want some close up and a 35mm (which gives you a standard field of view) might be a little too wide for headshots. In the end, it all very depends on the space you have to film your interview.

May 28, 2015 at 8:11AM

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Danny T
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