February 16, 2017 at 8:56PM


Budget Rebel t3i Lenses

So I own a Canon Rebel t3i, it's completely stock and i'm looking for a lens to use for a video i'm shooting this summer. This is going to be my first video I've really put a lot of effort into and I want it to look good. The video (which is a music video) is going to contain lots of smoke and "pretty" shots in a forest and open field, but no dialogue or short film type shots. Basically i'm looking for a lens under $200 that will give me the capability to capture the atmosphere i'm going for. Thanks!


Take a look at this video. You might find what you're lookin for.

February 17, 2017 at 8:55AM

Herman Delgado
Filmmaker, Editor

That is very specific for a lens... And mostly that are things achiaved not by the lens but by actual objects (like smoke, lighting etc.).
Depending on what and how you want to shoot there aren't a lot of options. But here are some I'd go with:

1.) A zoom lens from Tamron. Because Tamron is very cheap you could probably find a moreless proper zoom lens there. But be aware of the rather bad quality you will get out of a lens at this price point. One you could get would be the Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5 -6.3 Di II VC PZD.

2.) The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. There are two version of this lens. The old and the new one. The old is very cheap but very plasticy as well. The new one has better AF and also a better lens coating which results in cleaner images. Choosing a prime would probably the better way because you will have a prettyer image which is want you're looking for.

February 18, 2017 at 4:21AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

I agree on the 50mm f1.8 as a first 'upgrade' lens.

Another suggestion, though, if you can stretch your budget about 50 bucks, is the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (non image-stabilized version). not quite the 'dreamy' shallow depth of field as the prime, but you get a lot of flexibility with a fast zoom, and having a variety of focal lengths can really make your life easier/give you a product you're happy with. I use that lens all the time.

February 20, 2017 at 7:13AM


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