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    Hey, so I have a Canon T3i with the 50mm f/1.8 and I'm looking at some other lens to purchase. The types of films that I work with vary, but I currently do some interviews and short stories, and am experimenting with other types as well. I'm a perspective film student at a college and so don't have a large lens budget at the moment, but any information as to the quality and value of these lens will be much appreciated!

    Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - $149
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens - $369

    I've heard that Cine Lens are worth their weight, but like I said, I can't go around buying those expensive Canon or Zeiss Cine Lens. I've found a few other brands that make fairly cheap cine lens, though I haven't heard much about these brands:

    Samyang 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens - $449
    Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens - $449
    Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens - $549
    Samyang 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens - $349
    Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens - $349

    Finishing off my questions, do I really need an expensive UV filter? It seems all it does is protect the lens from scratches and remove some glare.
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    If you are on a limited budget get a Tamron 17-50 2.8 non vc. Great and sharp lens on a tight budget. Cine primes are great if you have cash for a set. If you have a 50mm already you will need at least 2 of the primes in your list to cover the range. good luck and have fun with the camera.
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    * the canon 40mm is a great lens, but basically useless for video: the focus ring is a nightmare (small, ackward, and, being fly-by-wire, with a mind of its own)

    * samyang lenses are sold under many brands, including samyang, rokinon, bower, opteka, falcon, etc; they're all the same; some of them (8mm fisheye, 35mm, 85mm) are absolutely awesome, some, not so much (the 24mm is kind of a lottery, the 14mm is cheap but not awesome)


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    Hi guys! I'm seeking for lens advice too. I got a deal and turns out that I got some old Nikkon Lens Nikkor-T 135mm 2.8F and Nikkor-Q 50mm 2.8F. I tried to find some lense adapters for those on B&H and I find out I didn't really know what I was looking for, for the adapter I mean.

    The old owner of those lenses told me that since he got them, he never used them. So I don't have a clue of what kind of lense adapter for old nikkon lense to a T3i.

    If someone have some advice about this, that would be great! Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SLavictoire View Post
    So I don't have a clue of what kind of lense adapter for old nikkon lense to a T3i.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROCKMORE View Post
    If you are on a limited budget get a Tamron 17-50 2.8 non vc. Great and sharp lens on a tight budget.
    +1


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    Quote Originally Posted by ROCKMORE View Post
    If you are on a limited budget get a Tamron 17-50 2.8 non vc. Great and sharp lens on a tight budget. Cine primes are great if you have cash for a set.
    Im still stunned at how many times i fall back on this lens, it never fails.


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    Get something like a 17-50 f2.8 zoom and a 70-200 f2.8 zoom and you will be able to cover a lot of ground. After you have the zooms for a while, you will have a better idea of which focal lengths you shoot at most, and you can focus on getting those prime lenses when you have the funds.
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    How about the Sigma 18-35 1.8. Sharpness wise, it is suppose to be very close to the quality of a good prime but with the flexibility of a zoom. Well built, great feel to it.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by iamlance View Post
    Hey, so I have a Canon T3i with the 50mm f/1.8 and I'm looking at some other lens to purchase.
    At some point in the future you could think of trading this one for a 50mm 1.4. It's faster than the 1.8 one, has a better finish and the result is much better, everything else being equal. I've used both on my T3i and have kept the 50mm 1.8 as a backup lens. Search for some comparisons between both lenses here or on YT.


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