February 6, 2015 at 7:14AM

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Lenses for the Canon T3i ... Help?!

I'm about to purchase a Canon T3i which comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens, I'm not sure how good that is....but I just want people's opinions for any better lenses out there. I know for a T3i, a 35mm is what you need to get the look of a 50mm .. but my budget is small as you can tell and so I'm not sure where to look for a decent lens.

Also should note, I plan to use this primarily for shooting short films, clips etc... Any ideas?? Still wrapping my head around all of the lens talk lol. I've looked up plenty of shorts shot with a T3i but just uncertain of which lenses compliment it best.

Thanks :)

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Assuming youre on a budget (T3i) like me, I would suggest picking up a nifty fifty. They are crazy affordable, especially the f/1.8 (always around $100) and really sharp. Course its a prime so youre stuck at that focal length but that should be ideal if youre planning on using it for shorts. Check it out
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-USA/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF...

February 11, 2015 at 1:32PM

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But if youre just picking up your first camera, dont worry about good lenses yet. Learn the camera first. Instead of focusing on what to shoot with, just focus on what you want to shoot in the first place.

Wyatt E Otero

February 11, 2015 at 1:35PM

I would suggest buying body only, and saving up for a better piece of glass. Many filmmakers think they get that "great" camera, then buy a lens, costing them only a Benjamin. Glass is (often) more important than the body. If you're on a tight budget, some of the best manual lenses are Russian Helios M42 mount lenses. They are cheap, and produce great images. Work with those and buy and trade your way up to a Rokinon or even a Canon L Series lens.

February 12, 2015 at 11:34AM

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Christian Gentry
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For the lenses if you are short on money then obviously the first would be the cheapest canon lense the 50mm 1.8 (or for half the price but same quality its Chinese replica the yougnuo 50mm 1.8) then if you want decent images, you have to put money in it. The best all in one option for me is the 17-55mm 2.8 it's not cheap but it's really worth. I have film quite a lot with the Canon T3i (or 600d) and as a documentary shooter it's THE lens I use 90% of the time.
There is a crop mode on the T3i so it allow you to have a very useful range of zoom with this lens.
You can achieve very decent result with this combo, especially if you use tragic lantern and a good picture style.

February 15, 2015 at 1:36PM

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Oh and if you want to go really really cheap, you can buy the EOS M, which has the same sensor and even a better processor so you get the same quality and it's way cheaper. Then you save money on the lenses to as you can use an adapter to put canon FD lenses on it. That can give you a good choice of prime lenses for a very limited budget.

February 15, 2015 at 1:44PM

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I think the T3i is not only a good choice, but an excellent choice, don't let the camera snobs influence you. I have both the T3i and eos-m, if you know how to use them well, no one will be able to tell what camera your video is from. Used T3i can be an absolute bargain.
What camera lens to buy? Kind of like finding a lover or a car, boxers, briefs or bikini, much too personal a choice to leave to other people who have different preferences and types of shooting. Lots of options at a variety of price ranges, then does it fit the work you do? I can off the top of my head recommend lenses, but does it feel good to you? Just about any lens will work well, but ergonomics is the most important thing, how it feels when you focus and set f stop. Get the lens that feels good and fits your shooting.

June 2, 2015 at 9:34AM

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