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    Just bought AF100, need lens suggestions under $3K
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    Hello,

    I was at an auction of an AV company today and about to bid on some audio gear when a bare bones AF100 came up and I bought it. I have rented them before from private owners so I know the basics but now I have to pimp mine out with shoulder rig, follow focus, etc. Until it starts proving it can make money for me (I am a freelance DP and use many different model cameras every month), I want to keep the lens purchases low for now. I can always rent finer glass, although that's a logistical hassle.

    If I want to get the "basic/must have" lenses for primarily talking heads/B-roll shooting, if you wanted to keep the lens budget between $2000-$3000, what would you suggest? I do a lot of documentary style shooting rather than narrative. Lots of corporate video too. Also, I want to be able to roll exposure without seeing click stops. Because of the speed my clients want me to work I would like to get lenses that will act as variable primes if possible.

    I appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks!


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    I just purchased the Olympus 35-100 F2.0. You'll need lens support though.
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    The Panasonic Lumix lenses don't get a lot of respect, but the 7-14mm, 20mm and 14-140mm are all awfully practical, if a bit slow, on the AF-100 and would make a good kit for fast-paced shooting as long as you have decent light. The prices are modest and the image quality is just fine. A broad zoom range is especially useful when trying to work in a hurry. Neither of the zooms is really suitable for zooming while shooting, though, and need to be treated as adjustable primes on the AF.

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    For the price and versatility you can't go wrong with the Lumix 14-140. I know people have mixed feelings about that lens, but it has saved me a few times. I'd highly recommend it as a must have for the AF.


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    Hey Ned,
    Novoflex Nikon adapter, Nikon 17-55 dx f2.8, Nikon 50mm AFS G f1.4, Nikon 85mm AFD f1.4 OR Nikon 80-200 AFD f2.8.

    I have this set up near Orland Park if you want to check it out some time.


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    Nikon manual lenses are a good deal and give excellent results. Novoflex adapter is top notch. Enjoy!
    Last edited by Erik Naso; 04-25-2012 at 08:00 AM.


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    my suggestions are
    tokina 11-16 f2.8
    tamron 17-50 f2.8 non vc
    rokinon 35 f1.4
    rokinon 85 f1.4


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    I'll second the novaflex adapter and Nikon 17-55 f/2.8. Tack sharp. It pretty much lives on my cameras. Wish I had two of them.


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    Nikon 17-35mm 2.8
    Tokina 28-70mm 2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm 2.8

    I've shot most of my stuff with these. I just recently got the 17-35mm and am loving it!


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    I recently purchased an af-100 as well and got sucked into the hype of the voigtlander 25mm f 0.95. I know it is not a variable prime but it is an awesome lens and I am so happy I got it. I also do mostly talking head corporate stuff and to me this is the perfect lens for that type of work.


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