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Best lens size for video

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by osmyth, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. osmyth

    osmyth Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 31, 2011
    York, UK
    Please could I have any opinions on which is the best lens size for video.
    I won't be able to afford the expensive lenses or a lot of them, so just looking at kit type lenses I think.
    Is 14-42 really adequate?
    Thanks.
     
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    When you say "size" are you referring to focal length or physical size?

    For focal length, it's hard to beat the 14-140 or 14-150, covers wide angle to true telephoto with no lens changes.

    But then, they are kinda big.
     
  3. osmyth

    osmyth Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 31, 2011
    York, UK
    Apologies, was talking about focal length not physical size.
    Thanks.

    Edit: just looked at the price of a 14-140 !
    Can't afford one of those, so guess it would be 40-x.
     
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Yes, but it's the only lens you will need to cover the majority of focal lengths. Start buying several lenses to make the same range, and it gets even more expensive!
     
  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    it really boils down to what kind of video you want to make.....

    just a couple of thoughts...

    1) Long focal lengths without a tripod are impossible to do... way too shaky

    2) even wide angle shots without good holding technique can be tricky

    3) Video is way way harder than taking still photos

    K
     
  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    depends. what are you shooting?
     
  7. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    14-42mm is a good focal length for a lot of video types. It's as John asks though, what kind of video are you shooting?

    A superzoom like the 14-140mm will give you a great range like a camcorder, while the 14-42mm will give you a more standard range like the stock lens on a starter pro video camera. Both work fine for me...
     
  8. osmyth

    osmyth Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 31, 2011
    York, UK
    Thanks for the comments.
    I will be shooting general family stuff, my son and his sports when he's a bit older, holidays and the like. Having a 10x zoom Sony mini dv camcorder (which i'm selling), I think I think I need the longer zoom?
     
  9. osmyth

    osmyth Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 31, 2011
    York, UK
    Quality aside, re prices:
    In the UK, as an example, the E-PL2 twin lens kit is about £600-650.
    The 14-140/150 is £450+
    An E-PL2 body is about £300.

    The main reason though for not having just a 14-140/150 (for every occassion at least), is that the camera will be the only family camera so needs to have a smallish lens as standard.
     
  10. johnny9fingers

    johnny9fingers Mu-43 Veteran

    The M.Zuiko 14-42mm MK II is the lens Most often mounted to my GH1. It focuses quickly, is silent as the grave, and an under rated lens in my opinion. I am very happy with the results. This would be a good lens for you to start with, and if you find the need for a bit more reach you might consider the M.Zuiko 40-150. It too is a slient focusing lens. Each lens runs about $300 right now while the 14-150 is $600. But the 14-42 & 40-150 are rigged to be silent for video....
    Just an option to consider.....