Gear: Lenses

PRIMES:

 The Canon 50mm F1.4 is an incredible low light lens while still remaining lazer sharp. Unlike the cheaper $99 Canon 50mm F1.8, the F1.4 has a much higher quality body casing. The focus rings is larger providing support for follow focus options. This is by far a good all round lens and 50mm currently stands as my most used (by far) focal length.

If this is out of your price range here’s the cheaper version made from plastic and reduced f1.8 aperture LINK

Street price • $325 (US)
• £235 (UK)
Date introduced June 1993
Maximum format size 35mm full frame
Focal length 50mm
35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C) 80mm
Diagonal Angle of view (FF) 47º
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 31º
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction • 7 elements / 6 groups
• 2 high refraction glass elements
Minimum focus 0.45m (1.5 ft)
Maximum magnification 0.15x
AF motor type • Micro-type ultrasonic
• Full-time manual focus
Focus method Unit focus
Image stabilization • None
Filter thread • 58mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Lens Mount Canon EF only

 Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM lens is great for HDSLR video work. On the 7D (and other APS-C sensors) this lens gives you the perfect focal length. Wide with low distrostion, this lens lets you shoot in much smaller spaces than a 50mm. Not only is this lens wide, but fast! At F1.4, though you cannot use it on a sensor bigger then the APS-C size i.e the 5D: LINK

Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 30 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX), Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring No
Minimum focus 0.40 m (15.75″)
Autofocus Yes
Filter thread 62 mm

The Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 is super sharp and has the best build quality Carl Zeiss is know for. Its super sturdy though it comes at a cost. If your investing in expensive HDSLR cameras like the Canon 5dmrkii its defiantly worth cashing out the extra money: LINK

Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 50 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes 1/2 stop steps. ZE (Canon) version has no aperture ring.
Minimum focus 0.45 m (17.72″)
Maximum magnification 0.15 x
Autofocus No
Filter thread 58 mm

The canon 85mm f1.2  lens is around £1400 but if you need to shoot from a far or want to get in there super close without blocking you light source then this is the lens for you. The super fast f1.2 will give you a ridicules shallow depth of field if you are a DOF junkie and, combined with the fast Auto focus this is a killer lens: LINK

Field of View (degrees)
Horizontal,Vertical, Diagonal
Full Frame – 36x24mm
APS-C – 22.5x15mm
Full Frame : H – 23.9 : V – 16.1 : D – 28.6
APS-C : H – 15.1 : V – 10.1 : D – 18.1
Focal Length Prime 85 mm (APS-C 35mm equiv = 136 mm)
Aperture Range Prime f1.2 – f1.2
Close Focus 0.95 m : 3.1 ft
Length/Diameter 3.3″/3.6″ : 83.8 mm / 91.4 mm
Filter 72

ZOOMS

The Canon 42-70mm f2.8 is quite an expensive lens but its well worth the money, the large 24-70mm range will come into use a lot for live even coverage (i.e  weddings) and its also wide enough to to get everything in shot in a small tight room. It has IS that is so important on a  small form factor DSLR’s, though if this is to much you can buy the older version without IS and use the amazing new warp stabiliser inside of premier CS6. LINK

Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24 – 70 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Minimum focus 0.38 m (14.96″)
Maximum magnification 0.21 x
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 82 mm

The canon 70-200 f2.8L is expensive but, if you shoot outdoor events then this is the lens for you, with a massive 200mm reach you can get in nice and close whilst retaining the F2.8 aperture to keep your ISO down (unlike other lenses that have a moving iris that closes in as you zoom in more). Though you have to pay the extra price for such a high end lens: LINK

Field of View (degrees)
Horizontal,Vertical, Diagonal
Full Frame – 36x24mm
APS-C – 22.5x15mm
Full Frame Wide : H – 28.8 : V – 19.5 : D – 34.4
Full Frame Tele : H – 10.3 : V – 6.9 : D – 12.3

APS-C Wide : H – 18.3 : V – 12.2 : D – 21.9
APS-C Tele : H – 6.4 : V – 4.3 : D – 7.7
Min Focal Length 70 mm (APS-C 35mm equiv = 112 mm)
Max Focal Length 200 mm (APS-C 35mm equiv = 320 mm)
Max Aperture (Wide-Tele) f2.8 – f2.8
Min Aperture (Wide-Tele) f32 – f32
Image Stabilization 4 stops
Elements/Groups 23/19
Diaphragm blades 8
Close Focus 1.2 m : 3.9 ft
Maximum Magnification 0.21x
Filter 77mm
Weathersealed yes

The Tamron 17-50mm f2.8  is one for those of you like me who have a much lower budget. It still carries a nice focal length of 17-50mm with the constant f2.8 aperture but it only fits the smaller APS-C sensor found in cameras like the canon 7d. A good lens for very little money and it fits your Canon or Nikon camera: LINK

Fullframe Coverage NO – APS-C coverage only
Field of View (degrees)
Horizontal,Vertical, Diagonal
Full Frame – 36x24mm
APS-C – 22.5x15mm
Full Frame Wide : H – 93.3 : V – 70.4 : D – 103.7
Full Frame Tele : H – 39.6 : V – 27 : D – 46.8

APS-C Wide : H – 67 : V – 47.6 : D – 77
APS-C Tele : H – 25.4 : V – 17.1 : D – 30.3
Min Focal Length 17 mm (APS-C 35mm equiv = 27.2 mm)
Max Focal Length 50 mm (APS-C 35mm equiv = 80 mm)
Max Aperture (Wide-Tele) f2.8 – f2.8
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm blades 0
Close Focus 0.27 m : 0.9 ft
Filter 67

ADAPTERS

The Bower AB43N Micro Four Thirds Body to Nikon Lens Adapter is a handy device that will allow you to mount your Nikon lenses to Micro Four Thirds format camera bodies like the Panasonic Gh2 so you can purchase those old Nikor lenses cheap on Ebay and connect them using this. Note some of the auto functions may not work with this adapter, but its cheap and very use full: LINK


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