Sathya, thanks for including the link. I have seen the video before and it includes a lot of great info. Renting lenses and trying them out is something I am considering doing and will check out both of those sites.
So in your opinion the main difference between a good photo vs cine lens is the physical aspects of the lens such as focus marks, hard stops, etc., not necessarily the quality of image and glass itself? Where with proper composition and lighting one could make an image shot on a sub $1,000 photo prime lens look as good or nearly as good as footage shot on a cine lens costing several thousand dollars? Granted the hypothetical shot would be a static shot because once you start moving the camera or racking focus cheaper photo lenses will breath and be difficult to pull focus where the cine lenses will not.
Thanks for your thoughts and straight forward answer! By the way how do you like the Rokinon Cine DS? That is the other lens I was considering if I was to go more of a budget route.
I must say I'm a bit surprised that there has not been more opinion from the community about this topic. Whenever reading various blog posts regarding cameras most people will bring up the fact that lens/lighting is more important than camera body. However now that two lenses are pitted against each other in two different form factors and price brackets there isn't much of an opinion. Also the fact that I've been advised to stick with the significantly cheaper photo lens was not expected. If lens is more important than camera body how is it that a $2,500 cinema lens will not significantly improve an image over a $500 photo lens?
Thank you for the input! However with photos being raw and a higher resolution than video wouldn't they show the flaws of a lens more so than video? Where a softer lens for example will be more appropriate for video than digital photography?
There are all sorts of films which justify all sorts of camera movements and shots. A Jim Jarmusch film comprising of mostly static master shots is not necessarily less cinematic than your standard action picture chock full of camera movement. Also different film justify certain cinematic language appropriate for the story.
This really is probably a lens issue, use a prime lens as it will give you a considerably sharper image.