Film lenses for video use?

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Film lenses for video use?
Feb 18, 2011

I and a couple of friends are going to Laos this year, and as we normally do we're going to shoot a video of the trip and make it into a movie later.

I'm currently planning on using a 50mm lens. I own the 50mm 1.8 II by Canon but it's fairly useless in video, mostly because of the focus ring being impractical and impossible to use a follow focus rig with.

I've looked at the 50mm 1.4, which is in my opinion too expensive for just the 1.4 and a better focus ring. I'm trying to find a second hand Canon 50mm 2.5 Macro, but that's also over 200 euros and tricky to find. Same thing with the Sigma 50mm 2.8 Macro. One solution is to use an old and cheap film lens. Could anyone recommend possible (cheap) film lenses that would sit well on a 5d Mark II (for video), and not for instance get hit by the mirror and other possible problems (except the inevitable adapter issue)?

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