The best DSLR lenses for video?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by deuk1219, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. deuk1219 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    What is the absolute best dslr lenses for my T2i for less than $200, that shoots great video?
  2. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    That's a pretty limited budget for a lens. Is that $200 total, or $200 per lens (assuming you're looking for more than one)?

    Regardless, you'll probably want to look into used primes. They will get you the best bang for your buck, and with an affordable adapter you're not restricted to Canon mount lenses. Common focal lengths are 24,28,35,50, and 85.

    If you look at zoom lenses, you'll want to get one with a constant aperture. There's likely nothing that fits your budget though, even in the used market. You could certainly get away with a cheaper variable aperture lens, but it's just not ideal for video.
  3. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
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    I would get the fastest prime you could get that is about a 50mm equivalent on aps-C crop.

    Probably going to have to spend at least $300.
  4. lief101 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I would go for this 85mm Prime:
    Also, the canon 50mm f1.8 runs about $99.

    Or, buy a cheap adapter (one with glass) and buy vintage lenses off of ebay.
  5. mitchtheriault macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I agree, the 50mm 1.8 would probably be your best bet. Gives it a nice 'film look.'
  6. alph45 macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2010
    that 50mm is amazing for the price, but on cropped-frame it's in the 85mm range which is a bitch indoors. on the other hand, you can't do much with $200. you could rent a 17-28 i suppose.

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