HOW TO CHOOSE CAMERA LENSES

HOW TO CHOOSE CAMERA LENSES


(rhythmic instrumental music) – Whether you’re doing
photography or video you need a great camera, and
you also need good lenses. Some are better for photography and some are better for video. But there are a few that
are right in between. Let’s talk about it. Hey everybody, this is Roberto
Blake of robertoblake.com, helping you create
something awesome today. Today I want to do a quick video where I actually just talk about a few of these different camera lenses, and which ones I think are
better for photography, which ones are better video, and why. Let’s start out with one
of my new favorite lenses. This is the 70 millimeter Macro for Sony. Sigma made this, and
it is an amazing lens. It shoots at f/2.8, and you can get ridiculously close with this lens. I’m really a big fan of
this lens, and I’m gonna be doing a dedicated video for it very soon. In fact, I probably will
have dedicated videos throughout the year of every
lens you see here on the table. But macro lenses are really great, especially if you want to
do Instagram photography or you want to do product photography. When I want to do stuff
for video I actually prefer to use the 50 millimeter Macro. This is a Sony native lens, but these are both quality lenses. And I’m gonna be doing a
lot more work with these. In general, the nifty 50 is the go-to lens for both videographers and photographers. Because of that 15 millimeter focal length you have enough room to operate even in a tight space,
more often than not. This is great for portraits,
headshots, talking head video. And it is actually pretty good at B-roll. Now, for B-roll these days I do prefer the 50 millimeter Macro, so that’s a little bit different than 50 millimeter f/1.8 that I have here. But I like both of these lenses, and I’m glad to have them in my arsenal. If I have to choose between
one or the other I’m gonna go with the 50 millimeter Macro lens, though. Because I just have more versatility in what I can do with it. One of the primary differences that I would say in photography lenses versus video lenses is that
when you do video lenses you absolutely want body stabilization in the lens to go with your camera. If you are on a budget, and
you’re prioritizing video, then maybe get something like the Panasonic Lumix GH5
because the lenses are cheaper. These are about $1000
for the premium glass in the Lumix line, which
is gonna be cheaper than Canon, Nikon, Sony, all of them. The build quality is good, but
it’s more plastic than metal. But that does shave some of the weight off if you have to carry a lot of stuff. One of my favorite lenses for
photography is the 70-200. This is capable because of the focal length of getting great shots. This is not the G Master
that shoots at f/2.8. It does have, you know,
optical stabilization built in, so that’s important. And this is a tremendous lens. It has both auto-focus and manual focus. Yes, it’s not nearly as
fast, you know, as the f/2.8. For portraits I actually
prefer 85 millimeter lenses, it’s my preferred focal
length for portraits. You know, you could go with the 50 millimeter, but I prefer the 85. And my best headshots have usually come from an 85 millimeter. My Sony A6500 is an APS-C sensor. That means that that it’s a crop sensor. I have a Power Zoom lens with built-in optical stabilization. This one is a variable aperture lens, but it gets the job done
when it comes to video. It’s ideal for when I need
something lightweight. This is actually a very handy camera, even at the price point I still feel like this camera is worth it. And when I want to do photography with it, especially Instagram
stuff, I can go ahead, and I can throw on something
like a 50 millimeter f/1.8. Generally speaking the best overall lens, I think, this is the f/2.8 from Sony. Now, a close runner-up
is the 16-35 millimeter that I’m shooting with right now. When you’re doing photography the look of the image is something
that is very important. But you have a lot more options, I think, to control that look with
photography than video. And I think that prime
lenses go a long way. When it comes to video you have to lock in certain shutter speeds in order to get that smooth motion
blur whereas with photography you can adjust the shutter
speeds accordingly. When it comes to video you don’t get to use shutter speed to
compensate for exposure. You only have so many options there. Stabilization is much more important and significant to video
than it is to photography. So that’s another, you know,
cost prohibited feature. Just keep in mind when it
comes to all my camera gear, whether it’s lenses for video, lenses for photography,
or even the camera bodies. These are things that I accumulated over a period of time one piece at a time. And I bought it based on
feeling that it was something that I either needed or
something that I felt was a good investment for the future. Do your research, and also take
a look at people using them in the field, not just
controlled lab tests. Anyway guys, that’s it
for me and my video here on photography versus video lenses. I hope you guys learned something from it. If you have questions drop those in the comment section,
I’ll try and answer. My question of the day that
I’d love for you to answer is what is your favorite lens
and why, I’d love to know. Like this video if you like
it, don’t forget to subscribe. Check out the other awesome
stuff here on the channel. As always, you guys, thanks
so very much for watching. And don’t forget, go out there and create something
awesome today, take care. (rhythmic instrumental music)

6 thoughts on “HOW TO CHOOSE CAMERA LENSES

  1. I currently use a GoPro Hero 6 for video and a D7000 for photography but never considered the differences of lenses for video vs Photo. Something to keep in mind if I change out the GoPro. Thanks

  2. A very informative piece on lenses, but let's not forget about the filters because when you cover your glass, you cover your @$$. #QuoteMeOnThat

    To answer your comment question, my go to lens is my nifty fifty for versatility purposes.

  3. I don't have a camera and a lens right now, but I'm planning to get the Canon 77D with the Canon 50mm 1.8 (the nifty fifty) lens, so not getting the kit lens that comes with the camera. What's your opinion for my choice as my first camera?

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