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Joey Sahakian
Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 5:16:25 pm

Hello all,

I just wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations for a good quality lens for shooting video with a Canon T2i/550D. I have used the kit lens that came with it but I am in the market for a lens of higher quality.

Thanks!


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Sohrab Sandhu
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 6:44:40 pm

If only you would care to google this question, you will find tons of posts where this question has been answered umpteen times!

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Joey Sahakian
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:10:56 pm

Ok. Thank you very much for your condescending answer to my question, which has still not been answered. I like to get opinions from others on different forums and I have seen that those who post to this forum usually have more knowledge than just doing a Google search. Next time if you don't have anything nice to say, please don't say it at all. Oh, I saw that saying in a Google search.


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Sohrab Sandhu
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:33:23 pm

[Joey Sahakian] "Next time if you don't have anything nice to say, please don't say it at all. Oh, I saw that saying in a Google search."

Good luck finding help with this kind of attitude, atleast on this forum!

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"The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen." -- Carl Ally


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Richard Cooper
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:56:47 pm

Hi Joey,
The key here in "LENSES" not "Lens" You will need a collection of lenses to cover your bases... and here are a few basic considerations.

If you want to work with zooms then you should make sure that it has a constant aperture throughout the entire range of the zoom. This adds considerable cost to the glass but that is the trade off for the right lenses.

First get your self a good low light wide angle zoom. The Canon 17-35mm f2.8L is a great lens. It gives options for composing your shots between the 17mm and 35mm range.

Next you need the middle range and for that the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L will do nicely for those semi-wide shots through the portrait type blow the BG out of focus type shots.

Depending on your needs and shooting style these two lenses could cover most of your bases and are a great pair of lenses to start with. If you need a longer focal length then the final lens I would suggest the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L This is a great piece of glass!! and you will pay for it! hehehe

OK so if you want to work in lower light situations or just want to go for that "razor thin" DoF, going with low light (f1.2 f1.4 etc) primes may be another route for you... but then there are other considerations. You need enough lenses to cover all of your possible and useful focal lengths. These typically fall like this. I nice wide 17mm (you can even find 11mm in some brands) a 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm. Now these lenses should be the lowest light glass you can find and/or afford. a f1.2 or f1.4 / 50mm lens will blow your mind! And as with any high quality glass, the lower the light capability, the higher the price exponentially!

This prime set will, again, cover most of your bases and if you need to go longer than this I would still recommended the 70-200mm f/2.8 L as you will get really expensive really fast trying to cover that focal range in low light primes.

Hope this helps you sort the options out. As with any equipment purchase, there are many more options, this is just a basic rundown to get you moving in the right direction.

Good Luck!

Richard Cooper
FrostLine Productions, LLC
Anchorage, Alaska
http://www.frostlineproductions.com


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Joey Sahakian
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:13:08 pm

Richard,

Thank you for the thorough response. Nice to see helpful people in this forum.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:07:31 am

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Peter Burger
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 4, 2011 at 8:40:53 am

[Joey Sahakian] "Nice to see helpful people in this forum."

Well, Joey, I personally don't know any forum on the web with more helpful people who are kind enough to share their experince and knowledge. I learned a lot just by reading other peoples posts.

No offense meant, but it's not too hard to use the forum search, before asking a question, that may have been discussed more than once.
Here's what I found:

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/3328
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/2725
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/2746
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/2228
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/2070
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/1558
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/734

Any questions left open? Please feel free to ask.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:57:17 am

Sad thing is you'll never hear from that overly pleasant person again on this board. Drive by seagull. Flies in, craps all over the place and flies back out again..

Noah

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Joey Sahakian
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 6, 2011 at 4:25:28 am

Thank goodness for that. I've always found a lot of help searching these forums. Thanks for the help all.


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Norman Willis
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:02:43 am

>> Any questions left open? Please feel free to ask.

Thanks.

I have a Canon 5DM2 body, an F2.8L 16-35mm zoom and an F4L 24-105mm zoom. Right now I am doing some talking-head stuff in front of a bookcase, and the vertical lines are bowed. I shoot at about +/- 50mm. If I get a good 50mm prime, will that remove the distortion?

I am looking at the Canon F1.4L, $379.00. I really like the idea of pulling it out of a box, putting it on, and using all of the stock Canon features without another learning curve. But now you guys are filling my head with talk of inexpensive used Nikon primes on EBay, and adapters. How big a deal is it to figure out how to use those? And what tradeoffs am I making by saving the +/- $250-300.00?

Norman Willis
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Norman Willis
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 10, 2011 at 2:52:22 pm

Sounds like I just need to go with the Canon....

Norman Willis
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Peter Burger
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:06:16 am

[Norman Willis] "If I get a good 50mm prime, will that remove the distortion?"

I think with a good prime you'd be allright. Got the 50II 1.8 myself and have only very slight distortions. With rented more high quality lenses, I didn't notice any distortions at all, but must admit, I haven't looked for them ;)

You could try to remove them in post. In After Effects there's the "optics compensation" filter that does a good job. Used it sucessfully on a couple of clips.

HTH

Edit:

To add: Forgot to mention that we use the 7D and the T2i (550D), so distortions may be more problematic with the 5DMkII due to it's full frame sensor... So even with a lens that shows no/very little distortions on the smaller sensors could cause stronger ones on the 5D. Best would be to check different lenses, before buying... But a hq 50mm prime should nevertheless be more clean than your wide-angle zoom... imho


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Norman Willis
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Feb 27, 2011 at 7:22:14 am

Hey Peter.

Just to follow up, the lines on the 1.4 are very close to straight.

It is close enough I don't feel the need to 'take anything out.' I will probably just deal with the lines by creative framing, and/or perhaps the creative use of fake foliage in order to camouflage the relatively minor curves in my new prime. : ]

Norman Willis
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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Recommended Lens for Canon T2i/550D
on Mar 15, 2011 at 3:30:00 am

I bought the 7D, 1.6x crop sensor and have been using the canon 17~55 f2.8 IS and the Tokina 11~16 f2.8; has been a great combination for me, I went with the non L lens because I wanted the IS for hand holding and am happy with my decision. Next lens 70~200 f4.0 IS. I have a few old nikon fast primes, pain to use them as the meter does not function properly. For my work, they have not been necessary.

Malcolm
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