April 13, 2016 at 8:23AM, Edited April 13, 8:24AM


Work Horse Lenses

Hey, Ive been doing weddings for about a year now, I shoot on primarily a fly cam with the rokinon 14mm and canon 50mm 1.8 or if im feeling fancy 1.4, while these are great im starting to build more of a dynamic style where not all the shots looks the same so I'm looking for a work horse lens. While I really want a 70-200 its not in the budget , so im looking at like hopefully sub 500 dollar lens for canon im looking at the 28-135 or a 55-350 any suggestion or advice will be greatly appreciated! canon mount btw im either using my 70d or renting a c100 depending on the package the couple selects if that helps any


Both of those cameras a crop sensor lenses. In my opinion you are wasting your money to get the 70-200 which is designed for a full frame camera.

Instead get lenses designed for the EF-S mount. Perhaps the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 might be in your range.

April 13, 2016 at 10:00AM, Edited April 13, 10:17AM

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Cary Knoop

I will definitely look into it, i've always been a fan of sigma from the lenses of theirs ive used.

Carsten Weizer

April 15, 2016 at 6:02AM

I would be wary with long zoom lenses on crop sensors, as Cary mentioned...

I used the Canon 17-55 2.8 for filming a full feature documentary on the C100, and never even pulled out the cinema lenses (Don't tell anyone, I could get flogged for saying that... haha)

Here's that lens: http://amzn.to/1Vq2K8K

Or if you need to save a little, there's the Sigma version, but I don't think it's built as well: http://amzn.to/1VWeZrU

Whatever you do, go FIXED APERTURE. Variable aperture is a nightmare with video.

April 13, 2016 at 1:46PM

Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker

hmmm it looks like a great lens but im really looking for something that gives me a longer zoom just because im super happy where my 14 and 50 fall so i'm trying to get a longer lens for situations where I cant get up close where the 14mm and the 50 shine

Carsten Weizer

April 15, 2016 at 6:08AM

Another thing to keep in mind is that many great movies are shot with just a few lenses. What keeps the shots interesting is how they position and move the camera. Obviously there are constraints about how much you can intrude on the ceremony, but equally obvious is the fact that you don't have to work too hard if the bride and groom perform well at the key moments. Aside from that, bring life to your video by moving your feet, not racking your lenses.

April 14, 2016 at 5:25AM


Oh i totally agree, I just have found that the 14mm and the 50 I need to intrude way to much into the ceremony so I'm looking for a lens that I can not be all up in there business while I'm shooting, so I can get detail shots in the ceremony, like the exchanging of the rings, where I don't get up in their business and I don't distract from the ceremony

Carsten Weizer

April 15, 2016 at 6:14AM

I love using the canon 24-105 F4 IS. You can buy it used on ebay for $500. It makes it really easy to walk around. If I had a Canon and could only have one lens for non-narative filmmaking, this would be it.

April 14, 2016 at 10:46PM

Paul Goodyear
Director/ DP / Writer

I've been using that same lens for three years now, and it's absolutely my work horse for doc shoots. The image stabilization actually makes a pretty big difference with handheld work, and it pulls focus very smoothly. Maybe not the sexiest lens out there, but it's definitely what I'd recommend for day to day work.

Zachary Sigelko

April 18, 2016 at 7:22AM

I second this, Since picking mine up its been my go to lens. I've shot events, interviews and commercials with it. I would be careful going the Ebay route on these though depending on what country you're from.

Michael Militscher

May 10, 2016 at 3:56PM

The 24-70mm Lens is also quite nice, a lovely range for a crop sensor and fairly cheapish (for an L lens) don't forget look at some of the same focal lengths but in other brands (eg the tamron 24-70, and also don't forget to find footage of the other brands lenses being tested!)

April 15, 2016 at 1:57AM


Like Paul said, the Canon 24-105 is a great lens for event video. It's not the best low-light lens, but if you have a couple fast primes for that situation and a 24-105, you're pretty much set.

April 15, 2016 at 12:48PM, Edited April 15, 12:48PM

Jeremiah Kuehne

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