July 7, 2016 at 3:12AM, Edited July 7, 3:18AM


Better lens than kit for filming?

Hey guys, first post. I'm new to film making (I've shot and edited more casually before.)

I will be shooting a documentary series this fall.

I have a d3300, 18-55, 55-200, 35 1.8, shoulder rig, shotgun mic, and focus lever.

The 35 has a horrible focus ring.
My 18-55 is good but the focus ring doesn't move far. It's frustrating for manual focus but I'm ok using it for now.

Anyway I've been looking at getting another lens. A zoom seems nice but a wider prime would be cool too.

I'm trying to keep my budget under $200 (fine with used). Would love if it was under $100.

Looked at the tamron 18-50 2.8, the Nikon or vivitar 28 2.8 (top choice), the older 28-85 3.5-4.5, or even the 50 1.8 D (least favorite cause of focal length.

Do you have any alternative budget recommendations? (Especially for run and gun documentary).


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The only lens I've used is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, which I liked a lot.

The Nikon kit lens has pretty good optical performance but it's a very slow lens, so perhaps looking for a used faster f/2.8 zoom from Sigma or Tamron might be the way to go if it will fit within your budget.

July 8, 2016 at 9:39AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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