April 16, 2015 at 3:49PM

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Help with choosing lenses

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some advice on building up the equipment I own because im in a bit of a weird situation.

Paying my way through school I haven't been able to build up much gear so assume I have nothing. Im working full time for a small production company and now have a bit of spare cash to build up a few things. I know im getting a nice tripod so im looking for advice on lenses specifically.

The situation is that I don't own a camera and don't plan on buying one. Work is gracious enough to lend me 6D's whenever I want along with the few lenses they have(24-105L, 70-200L, 50f/1.4, 100L). And I can borrow my GF's T5i in a pinch or rent for other needs, really want a GH4 eventually for slo-mo. So I need some versatile lenses that will work with whatever camera or situation im in. I have around 1000-1500 budget for now so I need to decide to drop it all on a nice zoom lens or get a couple of primes.

Since I can borrow the 24-105 im leaning towards primes, but im not going to be working here for very long. I do freelance once and a while but also film some action sports, BMX and Ski, and like to practice VFX shots in my free time. Which means I really do want IS, which limits me on the primes. So you can see my conundrum, what would you do? Waiting and saving more is also an option.

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I recently bought a bunch of Nikkor primes on ebay; I'd consider that if I was in your position. They're cheap, plentiful; and you could buy cheap adapters for pretty much whatever camera you're using in the future.

April 16, 2015 at 4:12PM

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Thats actually a really good option for my position. Ive never bought anything off ebay but ill check it out.

Liam Leyland

April 16, 2015 at 5:24PM

Hey, you have access to the camera and lenses I could only dream about. What's your audio and lights situations like? Cause, seriously, your question is a typical "1st world problem" ^_^ I mean it in a very supportive way :)))

April 17, 2015 at 1:10AM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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Haha I get your point, just trying to look past this job to what I will need once I leave! I dont own any audio or lights but (first world) can borrow those as well for now. Theres just so much I will need eventually xD

Liam Leyland

April 17, 2015 at 11:32AM

I would think about a high-quality, fairly wide-angle prime (wide angles don't have some of the issues a longer lens would have, so you may well be OK without IS). Lenses are fairly cheap to rent for specific projects, but one great 35mm can also shoot an entire project by itself. And if you have access to the 70-200, that's a great complement.

April 17, 2015 at 8:34PM

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Jonathan Mayer
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Liam, I am finding out that one's preference for lenses is driven by one's tastes. For example I realized that I shoot almost everything with my 85mm lens. So, look at your footage. Or better take that 70-200 and walk around capturing footage. Whichever length you use the most will probably become the length of your first-to-buy length while with the rest of the lengthes you could make do! ^_^

April 17, 2015 at 10:54PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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You have already access to a great set of lenses: IMHO the most complementary purchase would be something like the canon 16-35 L/2.8. I have the full set of Nikon primes, they are great, but have different color from the canon lenses. A (super) wide angle lens complements the range that you already have, and the colors will be easy to match.

April 18, 2015 at 7:14AM

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Almosh Taltosh
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