Lenses We Use & Recommend

Usually forgotten when compared to the fancy new cameras that come out each year, a lens has a major impact on the quality of the image you record. Also, they don't lose their financial value nearly as much as cameras do, so invest in some quality glass is an investment you can always recoup later if you need to. Here are the lenses we use to film our videos.

 

Canon EF 50mm f1.4

This was the first lens I bought. Often called the "nifty fifty", this is a great all-around lens. I only sold it to upgrade to the f1.2 version. If you only buy one decent lens, this should be it.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF 50mm f1.2

An upgrade to the nifty fifty above, this is the person medium length lens. Not to wide, not to zoomed. This is my most used lens when filming using a tripod and has a great focus ring.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF 40mm f2.8 "Pancake"

This lens is so tiny you can barely tell it is there. It autofocuses fast and is a great focal length for cropped sensor cameras too.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF 24-105mm f4.0

When I am filming handheld or documentary style, with my C100 or 5D, this is the lens I'm almost always using. The image stabilization on it is great and you can film wide or really zoomed in without changing lenses. I love this thing. 

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF 85mm f1.2

This lens is big, heavy, and beautiful. It is also pretty dang expensive. When I want the best looking image possible (and I have some room to film) I use this. The bokeh on it is amazing.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6

This is my newest lens that I picked up to get extreme wide-angle shots with my cropped sensor cameras (C100 ii & 60D). While it doesn't have a shallow depth of field, it has minimal distortion on the edges & image stabilization for a low cost.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4.0-5.6

This is my second newest lens and I got it to have a telezoom option on my cropped sensor C100 Mark II. This enables me to get shots from a distance I couldn't before with image stabilization. It also has face-tracking AF with the C100 ii.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4

This is the one lens on this page that I haven't owned myself, but have rented a bunch for photos and video. There are more expensive 2.8 versions, with image stabilization, that are better quality glass, but they start to get pretty heavy to travel with and use.

With two focus settings (full or partial ranges), this is really versatile and better than the 55-250mm above, but much bulkier and you stand out a bunch. 

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Metabones Adapter IV (Canon EF to Sony E-Mount)

I use this to mount Canon lenses to Sony alpha series cameras. You get some setting changes (aperture) but not focus. 

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Giotto's Dust-Removal Tool

Whenever there is dust on my lenses, I use this "puffer" to blow it away. Really inexpensive and much better than remove dust with your finger or by blowing on the lens like it is an old NES cartridge of Excitebike that won't play.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

Lens Pen NLP-1

Like the air blowing tool above, I use this when there are smudges on the glass part of lens or something that won't blow away. All we are is dust on a lens.

(B&H or Amazon)

 

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