Mid-range zoom for manual focus video on EOS-M

Started Nov 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Lawrencew Veteran Member • Posts: 4,861
Re: Mid-range zoom for manual focus video on EOS-M

jm_mac wrote:

You could consider older manual focus FD lenses via a cheap adaptor. I have been using this and they work well http://eos-m.net/lenses/using-canon-fd-lenses-eos-m/ especially if you install Magic Lantern to get the additional focusing aids. Focus Peeking is very useful for manual focusing, especially in video.

The older FD lenses were designed for manual focusing of course, so work well and have really smooth actions. It just feels right.

However, you lose IS as well. Which for hand-held video is a pain. But if you use a monopod or better still a tripod you can overcome that.

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Lawrence
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Thanks for the info. The link has some great information there, I will have to go through that website when I get home later. Losing IS is not an issue since I will be using a tripod. Do you have any specific lens recommendations?
Thanks,
Jm_mac

There are generally lots of cheap FD 70-210mm F4 zooms on ebay, and that is a push-pull lens that is easy to zoom and focus at the same time.

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/fdlenses/fdzooms/70210.htm
It was a popular lens, so there are lots about.

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