I rarely take photographs; however that's not to say I never do. That being said, 95% of my camera's (T2i) use is from videography. I currently have the nifty fifty and a few older M42 lenses that are OK but due for an upgrade. I'm considering this lineup:
The manual focus doesn't necessarily bother me; however I am wondering if the 85mm would be overkill for filmmaking purposes? I had also considered the Rokinon 14mm in lieu of the Tokina but reviews seemed to be mixed on its performance whereas the Tokina is almost universally praised.
- Tokina 11-16
- Rokinon 35mm
- Rokinon 85mm
Also, is sticking with the nifty fifty a solid choice? I'd played with "upgrading" to the 1.4, but I think I'll just get a D/Gear and rubberband for the focus ring and use that instead of getting a whole new lens.
Is there anything that these four lenses wouldn't be able to do as far as filmmaking goes? Just trying to nip everything in the bud while I can.
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05-20-2012 04:35 PM
05-20-2012 09:40 PM
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My current lens line up right now are the three you are considering so I think I'm the perfect guy to answer this question. I start out with the 50mm f 1.8. I hate the focus ring, and it is too close most of the time. Then I get the Rokinon 35mm and the focus ring is so smooth, and the build quality just feels great in your hand. So I sold the 50mm f 1.8 and never look back. Then I thought to myself, maybe I need something closer so I bought the Rokinon 85mm. Almost all the time I use the Rokinon 35mm, but for events work like wedding I think I'm going to use the 85mm more. I have a glidecam and I try to put the Rokinon 35mm on it, but I cannot control it so I need something wider. After researching around the forums and looking at some test. I found that the Rokinon 14mm have too much of a distortion. So I went with the Tokina. The Tokina was perfect for my Glidecam. What I didn't realize though, is how much I would use the Tokina. It save my butt more than once when I need a super wide shot. I never replace my 50mm because well, I could just move my feet between 35mm and 85mm.
05-21-2012 02:35 AM
that 4-lens set is a very solid option - the weak point would be the 50mm f/1.8, with its very ugly bokeh, but maybe you can live with that, and wait for an upgrade (either the 50mm f/1.4, a nikon manual lens, or an eventual samyang 50mm, which I guess must be around the corner) - in any case... regarding 85mm focal length on aps-c: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...ideo-and-photo - and regarding samyang 14mm and its distortion, and how it's just different (and not necessarily worse) than that of the tokina: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...ecommendations - also, if you're entertaining more options: http://www.similaar.com/foto/equipment/us_lensc.html
Last edited by Samuel H; 05-21-2012 at 02:41 AM.
05-21-2012 05:28 AM
Thanks guys. I know the Nifty Fifty is going to get replaced soon; however I figured I could live with it for a few months before I plunge into either getting the 50mm 1.4 or perhaps Sigma's 50mm option. Anyone have any preference of one vs. the other? I know on Amazon at least the Sigma is ~150 bucks more than the Canon
05-21-2012 07:28 AM
Do you mind if I ask what m42 lenses you had?
Old lenses have a lot of variances between individual lenses, but are still a steal for the price, especially 50 1.4s
It might be worth considering. I've done it and am very satisfied with the results for well under $130
The rokinons and tokina are all great choices.
I love the 85mm focal length and use it on my t2i all the time.
I think you'll appreciate the closer focal length and image it gives.
05-21-2012 07:33 AM
I wouldn't consider the sigma 50mm as an upgrade path from the nifty fifty: it's sharper in the center but softer in the corners http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=0&APIComp=0 and the biggest problem is that it doesn't solve my biggest issue with the nifty fifty: I hate its bokeh - and the one from the sigma is not spectacular either (it has an onion ring problem) - would you be open to testing your luck with a vintage lens? the rollei planar 50mm f/1.8 is very cheap and a surprising performer http://www.similaar.com/foto/lenstests/lenstestsa.html http://www.similaar.com/foto/lenstests/bokehtests.html the problem with vintage is this http://www.similaar.com/foto/lenstests/lenstestsc.html