January 18, 2018 at 3:00AM


Will it Be Okay To Buy Only Primes ?

i am planning to buy Sony a6300...
Because sony lenses are expensive
i was thinking if only buy 35mm,50mm & 85mm Primes
Will it be okay ?
Money is a PROBLEM.


It depends. If you're doing run and gun shooting, then you should include a zoom in there. You can do doc style shooting with all primes, it just might be frustrating due to the limitations.

If you're only doing narrative work and have time to setup shots, then all primes is okay.

What kind of shoots do you plan on doing with your 6300?

January 18, 2018 at 10:26AM


For Making Music Videos.

Arsh DSJ

January 22, 2018 at 2:06AM

Yes, but keep in mind that a 35mm lens is a "normal" lens on an APS-C camera, so you won't have a wide-angle lens.

January 18, 2018 at 10:37AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

What about going for a focal reducer? Gains an extra stop of aperture. I have one now for the Canon EOS-M. Makes my Mir 1B at 37mm and Helios-44 at 58mm easier to move around with indoors. All my Russian set are M42 except for the Jupiter 9 which is Kiev 10 so that lens is getting left out in the cold somewhat.

Julian Richards

January 25, 2018 at 7:15AM

Highly recommend going below 35mm for APS-C. I own a Canon T3i and hate being limited to 28mm (which is my widest lens at the moment). I plan to purchase a 17-50 in the next couple weeks to remedy this but consider going as wide as 12mm or 16mm for APS-C. It'll be about the same as a 19.2mm or 25.2mm field of view on a full frame camera. I have a friend who swears by 28mm field of view (roughly 17mm on APS-C) so I would highly recommend getting something wider than a 35mm.

January 20, 2018 at 3:27PM

Matthias Claflin

I'll second the motion to go wider... you will be happier with wider lenses. But ofcourse that depends on your style ofcourse. As a comparison, Roger Deakins really likes to be around 32mm on the Alexa (with is roughly the same sensor size) because of the need to interact with the actor... it brings you closer to them.

But I'll tell you... if you have the money and could afford it, I'd buy only the Fujinon 18-55 T2.9 lens, and you'll never need to think about lenses for that camera again.

If you can only choose 3 and stick to the cheap end, I'd go 18mm, 35 and a 50 macro (dunno if that exists for that camera) or something like that.

January 21, 2018 at 10:16AM, Edited January 21, 10:21AM

Torben Greve

I doubt that a dude with a $600 camera and budget problems is gonna buy a $4000 lens, but what makes that fujinon so good?


January 21, 2018 at 11:33PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2qcQJ5aXAE Here is video that shows why that is good lens.


January 21, 2018 at 11:39PM, Edited January 21, 11:39PM

Yes, you can buy it and try to keep in mind that the there should not be a color distraction here

January 22, 2018 at 11:43AM


As long as you don't need to zoom, it is :-p

January 22, 2018 at 5:36PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Money is a problem? Not worried about autofocus?
£60 M42 focal reducer
£50 Mir 1B 37mm f/2.8
£30 Helios 44 58mm f/2.0
On a focal reducer, the viewing angle is the same as full frame.

January 25, 2018 at 7:29AM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

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