Questions tagged [lenses]

A camera lens (also known as photographic lens or photographic objective) is an optical lens or assembly of lenses used in conjunction with a camera body and mechanism to make images of objects either on photographic film or on other media capable of storing an image chemically or electronically.

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Should I expect worse video quality with GoPro using lens protectors?

Will the video quality be noticeable worse with tempered glass lens protectors on GoPro ? if so, is it better to use housing for protecting the lens and display? Thank you
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How to extend my hot/cold shoe mount?

I have a Canon XA-10 camcorder that I am trying to fit a 58mm Opteka Fisheye to. The lens and all fits fine, except for the fact that the built-in handle on my XA-10 stops me from actually mounting ...
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Why two focus controls on Canon KT14X44KRS?

Apologies if this is a video camera question rather than a video question. My JVC GY-HM700 camera lens, Canon KT14x44KRS has both a focus control, that goes from relatively close to infinity, and a ...
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Advice for using FD lenses?

I’m interested in using old FD lenses for filming. Has anyone got any experience with this? What camera did you use? What adapter? Did it work? Were there any issues with focal length, cropping, or ...
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Is it worth it to buy a 50mm 1.8 lens if my camera has a 1.6 crop factor?

I was looking to buy a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens. But my Canon 7D has a crop factor of 1.6, that would make the 50mm lens look like 80mm. I am a filmmaker, not a photographer, so keeping that in ...
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Simulating 1080p pan shot by cropping stationary 4K fisheye footage?

I want to achieve a panning shot, but I can't move my camera. The camera is stationary for reasons outside of the scope of this question. Can I throw on a fisheye lense, film in 4K, and then process ...
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Why is my Linear FOV GoPro Hero 4 Black video distorted at edges?

I installed the latest firmware as of 09-APR-2019 to my GoPro Hero 4 Black. I recorded video in 1080 60fps in LINEAR FOV mode with ProTune enabled. Why am I seeing lens distortion at the edges? For ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a 4k to HD digital extender zoom

On some of Sony's new 4K cams they claim the following: The new model incorporates a 25x optical zoom lens to cover a wide focal range for multiple shooting requirements, with three independent ...
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Sigma 18-35mm, f/1.8 DC HSM ART Image Circle / BMPCC4k with 0.71x

I am currently figuring out which lens I should get. I found the Sigma 18-35mm, f/1.8 DC HSM ART which looks quite interesting as I want to have a nice bokeh and shallow DOF. But it is for APS-C only. ...
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Do teleconverters work properly for recording movies with hybrid cameras?

Are teleconverters (x1.4 or x2) fine for recording movies (action videos) with hybrid cameras? I was thinking that maybe the focus could be a little too slow, especially for tracking sports moves.
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Minimum equipment for shooting an event in a dimly lit environment

I have a potential shooting gig where I would be shooting a promotional/documentary video at a marketing event (i.e. there are no staged scenes, I'd just be shooting during the event and try to get ...
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Will Canon lens work with a7s II?

Will this lens work with the Sony A7s II. So I am learning which lenses can be used with my new camera. Basically I am looking for a relatively inexpensive zoom lens. I understand that the lens has ...
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How to get the Cinematic look [duplicate]

With most movies, you can tell at a glance, if it is (or supposed to be) a blockbuster or not, by how the image looks. Even some American TV-series look better (in my oppinion) than most european ...
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Smooth aperture transition on Canon lenses, are they an advertised feature?

When shooting in video mode using Canon lenses on Canon bodies, when the aperture changes the blades may or may not make a sound. Newer lenses have gradual, silent aperture transitions. Older lenses ...
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ND filters. Why variable?

I am a beginner to nd filters. Im still debating if i need a variable filter or not. If i buy a 6 stop filter nonvariable or a 10 stop filter couldn't i just turn the iso up if its too dark. Why ...
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Using a K-mount lens for Emount camera

I am insterested in buying a new Macro lens for my sony a7s II. The only thing is that the lens I want Rokinon 100mm macro for the emount is around $500 and the one for the K-mount is around $350. ...
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Lens that doesn't make faces look fat

I'm using a "PANASONIC LUMIX G II Lens, 20mm, F1.7 ASPH" (MFT) lens to shoot interviews. However, it distorts faces a bit when within 10 feet. I've read (after I bought it, unfortunately) that this ...
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Advice on lens for Glidecam

I was asked to video a wedding. Here are my lenses: 50mm f1.8, 10-18 f4.5-5.6, 18-135 f3.5‑5.6. Camera is a Canon 3ti. I'm thinking about renting a glidecam hd 1000, and my question is, will the 10-...
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What are some versatile, standalone lenses under $600?

I'm beginning to put together a personal gear kit. I know enough to make decisions about most of my gear, but my knowledge of lenses is pretty lacking. I'm looking to spend under $600 total (including ...
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Panasonic G7 - Low cost zoom lens for video

I'm about to buy the Panasonic Lumix G7 (body) and I would really like some advice about the best lens I can get for it at less than 400$ if possible. I want it for shooting video, and the lens should ...
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Are adapters that allowing lens change on cheap camcorders worth it?

I was told that adapters exist that allow you to mount an additional lens on a non-threaded camcorder. Are these adapters worth it? How common are they?
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Low action Kickstarter video with Nikon DSLR: do I need an external lens?

I'm a complete video novice, who's only ever shot anything with his parent's handicam. I want to make a video for a Kickstarter project, and I want to do a good job. The video will be very simple, ...
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What is the significance of this “RED, Digital, and Film Format Size Chart”?

Little context is offered when this chart: is linked. What does it mean?
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Do I need an STM lens for face detection live video with Canon?

I bought a Canon EOS M to shoot video, mostly talking heads stuff so I simply set to the camera to AF Face tracking and had no problems. I recently purchased the DSLR lens adapter and the cheap Canon ...
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Why does digital cinema focus on prime lenses?

Why do digital cinema cameras, e.g., BlackMagic, Canon C series, etc. focus on using prime lenses over zoom lenses? Bear in mind that by "zoom lenses" I am referring to lenses with variable focal ...
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What does the information on DSLR lenses mean in terms of filmmaking?

What does the information on DSLR lenses such as the mm range and the f/stop mean in terms of filmmaking, specifically relating to depth-of-field. Lenses are the only aspect of filmmaking I don't ...
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Differences Tamron f/2.8 28-75 / 24-70

I'd like to buy one of those two lenses for filming with a EOS 600D: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD I am aware of the following ...
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Making lenses (water and dust) splashproof?

Some lenses are build splashproof, while others aren't. What is the least expensive method to make a lens splashproof which is not splashproof?