April 9, 2015 at 4:16PM

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What is a great lens for travel videography (when carrying as little gear as possible).

I am the videographer for a non profit (low budget filmmaking) company that sends me out to our projects all over the world to film (short docs/ promo material). When I'm out shooting the only gear I can have on me is usually what I can fit on my back. That being said I'm trying to find a very versatile lens to cover a lot of different focal lengths. I've been thinking about getting the 24-105L from Canon for some time now but thought I'd see what you guys had to say. Thanks!

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Have you considered going with a high quality ENG compact camera like the Sony X70 ?

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder
- 12x parfocal optical zoom
- XLR Audio Inputs
- 1 inch sensor ( good DOF for an ENG camera )
- 1080 HD 10-bit 4:2:2 filming
- Variety of recording formats include 50 Mbit/sec X-AVC
- Dual memory card slots
- No recording time limitations
- Good low-light performance
- Very compact

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1072752-REG/sony_pxw_x70_professio...

April 9, 2015 at 8:20PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Thats a great suggestion, I forgot to mention that I'm also doing photography with the same camera that I'm shooting the video on so I'm kind of stuck on my DSLR until we can afford to get me another camera. I'll keep that in mind though when it comes time for that, thank you!

Austin Crow

April 13, 2015 at 6:22PM, Edited April 13, 6:22PM

I'm sure 24-105 would cover all the focal length you could need. Hell, when I saw the title I was thinking even the 18-55 that comes combined with most cameras would be good enough. I know you said you wanted one lens, but I was reading about some guy the other day who had a great time just carrying two beaten up old prime lenses with him everywhere; they were smaller, lighter, faster, and cheaper than everything else.

April 10, 2015 at 4:32PM

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Man if I could I would definitely go the prime route if I could, I just can't afford to take time changing lenses haha. My 17-50 2.8 practically lives on my camera right now.

Austin Crow

April 13, 2015 at 6:25PM

24-105 sound about right. I travel with a 24-70 most of the time.

April 12, 2015 at 10:13AM

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Terrence Klaverweide
Art Director
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I agree with the 24-105, but you should be careful to make sure f/4 is wide enough for your purposes. If you have to shoot in low light and don't have a camera that can jack up the sensitivity, you might not be ecstatic with that choice. A 24-70 f/2.8 might be a little safer if that's a concern. If you don't have to worry about light, though, I'm definitely a fan of the 24-105.

April 13, 2015 at 10:03AM

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Alec Kubas-Meyer
Writer/Director/DP
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I really love the 17-50/17-55 f2.8 as a live-on-the-camera lens. Personally, I don't have a ton of need for anything longer, though it would really depend on what you're shooting. A fast 50mm takes up very little room/weight, and is great to have along as a second lens.

It really depends on your sensor size and what you're shooting, though.

April 13, 2015 at 4:20PM, Edited April 13, 4:20PM

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My Tamron 17-50 2.8 lives on my camera at the moment haha. I'll probably take my 50mm too since it is so light.

Austin Crow

April 13, 2015 at 6:27PM, Edited April 13, 6:27PM

I'm about to embark on a similar sort of filmmaking journey that limits me to a one backpack scenario. I'm heading out with a Sigma 18-35 f1.8, a Canon L 28-70 f2.8 and a Sigma 70-200 f2.8. I wish the 70-200 had a lower profile as it is the heftiest item in the bag but I believe a kit like this should cover any and all creative needs I have. The 24-105 is a solid lens for sure but the f4 worries me as it prevents you from shooting truly milky shallow depth of field shots and kills your ability to shoot in low light scenarios.

April 13, 2015 at 4:41PM

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Adam Volerich
Director/DP
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I can imagine you'll be able to shooting anything with that kit haha. A lot of people have been mentioning the low light problems so I'll probably end up taking my Tamron 17-50 2.8 just incase (or my 50mm if room is an issue). Thanks for the input, good luck with your work!

Austin Crow

April 13, 2015 at 6:30PM

One of the best things I ever did involved a 1 month hike, a 5DII, and one 50mm lens.

Less can be more.

April 13, 2015 at 8:47PM

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I'd rather have the 24-70mm and the extra f-stop than the 24-105. If you really want to save weight, though, I agree with the idea of just using a prime or two -- say a 50mm, and either a 35 or 85 depending on the type of content you're shooting and the sensor size of your camera.

April 15, 2015 at 12:47PM

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Raafi Rivero
Director
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If you're using a canon with ML, or another camera with a sensor crop feature (GH series, a7s), I'd do the 18-35 sigma-- and with a sensor crop function, you get some more length out of it.

April 15, 2015 at 1:00PM

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