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Jeff Ellis
Advice on adding a lens....
on Feb 24, 2019 at 5:06:49 pm

Hi guys- new member here.
I don't shoot a LOT of video, but like everyone these days, have to sometimes. I am primarily a still shooter, but do some simple talking heads video, and I shoot for school websites and some of them need video - simple stuff - Kids walking in halls, teachers interacting with kids, pan & scan of spaces or exteriors.

I have the "Holy Trinity +1" for my Nikons - 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 plus 16mm fisheye.
Adding a Nikon D850 to the arsenal. And want to add 1 lens (for now) primarily so if I need a mid length lens for Video I'll have something for a still body at the same time so I can dedicate a body for video as needed.
For talking heads I try to use the 70-200 when possible. For more than one person or most general use (video) the 24-70 is the workhorse. But then I don't have that for my stills if I have to run both.

At first I thought I'd pick up a use 24-120 f4 Nikon. Leave it on the body for video if needed, and it would be a backup for my 24-70 if it went down or in for service.

But.... maybe I should get something that really adds a new capability to my arsenal...
My thinking now (and this is where I need feedback) at the moment is maybe a Sigma art 35 f1.4.
35mm is dead in the middle focal length between the 24mm on the 14-24 and the 70mm on my 70-200.
And it would give me a nice f1.4 to use on the school, industrial, event work too.

The Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 gets highest marks for sharpness and from what I've seen maybe better contrast than the DOUBLE the price Nikon version. But may have issues with consistent auto focus & need their USB Lens Dock to calibrate - which is ok.
And if you have experience with this lens & have Good or Bad things to say, please do.

Here's where I need feedback from you all who shoot MORE video work than I do. if you wanted to have another lens to add to your bag that could be used either for the stills or low light video, what would you do?

Suggestions and reasons appreciated!

"Imagine Whirled Peas…."


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Steve Crow
Re: Advice on adding a lens....
on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:17:38 pm

You actually seem in pretty good shape in so far as lenses go...although that 35mm does sound very nice. But I always suggest to people that they think about their sound capture if they want to make a dramatic improvement to their videos.

Steve Crow


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Jeff Ellis
Re: Advice on adding a lens....
on Feb 28, 2019 at 9:03:30 pm

Thanks Steve.
That's next up. a high quality Lav. set and a digital recorder.
1 step at a time. I have to pay off the D850 FIRST.....

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