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What are some versatile, standalone lenses under $600?

If you are starting from scratch with a m43 camera, then buying EF lenses kinda defeats the whole purpose of that format. First things first: the m43 is approximately 1/2 the image diagonal of a full-...
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ND filters. Why variable?

ISO isn't magic. When you turn up the iso you're increasing the gain on an amplifier that is amplifying an analogue signal – the light hitting the sensor – and when you amplify a signal you amplify ...
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Why is my Linear FOV GoPro Hero 4 Black video distorted at edges?

The distortion you are seeing has nothing to do with ProTune or other codec settings. Its perspective distortion caused by the wide focal length of the GoPro Lens + The low quality of the GoPro Lens ...
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Simulating 1080p pan shot by cropping stationary 4K fisheye footage?

Yes, you can do this successfully. I did it with an overhead 4K action camera with a fixed fisheye lens (YouTube video here). You'll want to remove the distortion in software to "square it up". Then ...
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Prime or Zoom for Video (Micro Four Thirds)

I have that camera. Here are a few things to consider: The camera doesn't have any in-body stabilization, so the footage can be very shaky unless you're prepared. In my situation, I knew I wanted ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a 4k to HD digital extender zoom

I've shot 4k footage since 2014, and when mastering in 1080p, I often use digital zoom in post. There are multiple factors I would look at. Cameras that use a single sensor will display debeyering ...
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Low action Kickstarter video with Nikon DSLR: do I need an external lens?

I just finished working with a company that has had several very successful Kickstarters. IMHO, lighting and audio are more important than camera type for this type of video, as long as you have a ...
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How to get the Cinematic look

There are a few important things to consider: Lighting is perhaps the most important aspect to creating a filmic image. A lot of filmmakers like to use natural light such as Innaritu on The Revenant. ...
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Using a K-mount lens for Emount camera

If you have your heart set on that particular lens, go for it! That's exactly what adapters are built for, after all. I have a Pentax 50mm F1.7 that I use with a K-Mount to EF-Mount adapter on my EOS ...
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Differences Tamron f/2.8 28-75 / 24-70

Yes, there is a lot you are missing. The 24-70 has substantially better transmittance (more light makes it through the lens), slightly better sharpness, significantly less chromatic aberration, 2 ...
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Making lenses (water and dust) splashproof?

It depends on what you mean by splashproof. Rain covers are the absolute cheapest form of protection (as little as $5 or as much as $70+), though they generally leave the front element exposed and ...
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Why does digital cinema focus on prime lenses?

You seem to have a serious misunderstanding of cinema lenses. Primes are almost always cheaper to cover the same range than zoom lenses. Comparing prime lenses that cost thousands of dollars a piece ...
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Lens that doesn't make faces look fat

Typically recommended portrait lenses are around 85mm to 135m. These numbers refer to full frame cameras. Since you are using a m43 camera with a crop factor of 2x you should investigate lenses from ...
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Will Canon lens work with a7s II?

Ah yes, Canon lenses are a lot cheaper it seems than Sony lenses. With the A7s ii you an use both APS-C and FF (full frame) lenses. With an APS-C lens you have to enable APS-C mode in the camera and ...
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Sigma 18-35mm, f/1.8 DC HSM ART Image Circle / BMPCC4k with 0.71x

Your calculations are right. But if you take a look here: https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1279757/0 The vignette is much stronger. With the images provided by Aloicious I get a vignette.
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Prime or Zoom for Video (Micro Four Thirds)

For most people, the first workhorse lens will be a zoom, because of the versatility. Sharpness in lenses isn't a huge factor for video; at HD resolution and below, lenses that photographers turn ...
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Prime or Zoom for Video (Micro Four Thirds)

For videography you do not necessarily look for "a good" lens for pixel peeping, you want a good autofocus system and a wide aperture for a "cinematic look". This depends on what type of videography ...
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Should I expect worse video quality with GoPro using lens protectors?

If you use lens-protection of any kind, same with autocue or eyedirect, the additional glass in front of your camera will have some effect, yes. The magnitude of which will vary depending on your uses....
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Is it worth it to buy a 50mm 1.8 lens if my camera has a 1.6 crop factor?

No one besides you can answer this question. A Cinema Prime Set pften constists out of a 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm Primes (On Aps-C). It now depends on what you want to shoot. If you mainly shoot ...
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Simulating 1080p pan shot by cropping stationary 4K fisheye footage?

Without adjusting for perspective distortion, the panning doesn't look real. The solution is a reframing algorithm that takes perspective distortions= calculations into account in addition to panning ...
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Do teleconverters work properly for recording movies with hybrid cameras?

It really depends on the capabilities of the focus system on the camera and the particular teleconverter and lens used. Since you mention action videos, I assume you will be dependent on autofocus. ...
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Minimum equipment for shooting an event in a dimly lit environment

A tough one. Certainly might be worth wording the client up that it's going to be dark. I'd try and do a test if possible to see exactly how dark it's going to be. I don't think you're going to get a ...
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What is the significance of this "RED, Digital, and Film Format Size Chart"?

Based on this illustration, you are able to compare the sensor sizes of red cameras with film formats like 16mm, 35mm or 70mm imax and so on.
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Do I need an STM lens for face detection live video with Canon?

The AF subsystem is part of the camera. It is not affected by the lens. Face detection is also part of the camera. STM only affects the speed of focus for a lens (assuming that the camera feeds it ...
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Lens that doesn't make faces look fat

70mm to 100mm is the ideal portrait range. Although I prefer a farther throw many times simply for the look. Wider will distort, longer will compress. 20mm, that's wide- very for full frame or ...
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Advice on lens for Glidecam

Two things come to my mind: If you never operated or balanced a Glidecam before you will probably have a hard time. When using a Glidecam IS will not make such a big difference but nonetheless there ...
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Panasonic G7 - Low cost zoom lens for video

A common zoom range of Panasonic MFT lenses is 14-42(45)mm. As an owner of such a lens I found out it's quite a compromise for city videos. 14mm is wide, but often times not wide enough for buildings. ...
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Are adapters that allowing lens change on cheap camcorders worth it?

Such devices do exist a reasonable amount of the time, but they rarely produce much in the way of quality. There are exceptions, but they are fairly rare. They do have their uses, but be aware that ...
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Low action Kickstarter video with Nikon DSLR: do I need an external lens?

To use a DSLR for video, a lens is a requirement. A DSLR body is only a sensor and control circuitry, with absolutely nothing that will focus light on to the sensor. If you could even get it to ...
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