A question about breathing - Documentary filming with dSLR

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by igmolinav, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2005

    I am relatively new to doing video : ) !!!
    I have read that many people talk about cine or video primes.
    They may look like this one:

    or like this one:

    Their "counterparts", are regular still photography lenses,
    like this one:

    or this one:

    I would like to do some very short documentaries with a dSLR and with
    two or three still photography lenses. In the documentaries I plan
    to do, for the most part, I'll interview people. So, the focus does not
    really move. I may include buildings and/or landscape, but the focus is
    pretty much fixed. (A friend of mine wants to film a dialogue from a script
    he wrote. The people in the dialogue stay mostly in the same boring plane
    as well ; ) !!!). So, there will always be very little movement back and forth
    of the "focus plane"! So, assuming that there is more or less the same
    video quality in the video/cine lenses as in the still photography
    lenses, there is no need to be interested in those video/cine lenses.
    That assumed, since there is very little movement of the subjects, and
    therefore no breathing! Would this be correct?

    I found this video on the internet, and I couldn't see much of a
    difference between using video/cine lenses, and using still photo-
    graphy lenses:

    Thank you in advance, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    If your budget allows then go for the Cine primes.

    If it's tight then still to L series lenses.

    There are other things make cine lenses better than photography lenses apart from the breathing.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2005
    Hi Archie,

    Thank you for your message : ) !!!

    I would know more about those characteristics that make cine lenses better.
    If you have a link or would like to comment a bit, I would appreciate it.

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    I wrote a post on reddit which summarised most of the differences but I can seem to find it now.

    I did find this link though which gives some good pointers as to the main differences.

    I would seriously recommend going for L series lenses and spending the extra money on other aspects to make your film better as I doubt you would see little difference in the lenses as well as have a complicated time getting PL mount to EF mount adapters.

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