Suggest a good lens for shooting video in Nikon D5100.

Started Jul 4, 2013 | Discussions
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Abhinav Joshua
Abhinav Joshua New Member • Posts: 1
Suggest a good lens for shooting video in Nikon D5100.

I am shooting a short film with my Nikon D5100 (18-55mm) kit lens.

I want a nice shallow depth of field which is lacking in shooting with the kit lens.

Kindly suggest me some good lens under INR Rs. 20,000 (approx 350 $).

How is Nikkor 35mm 1.8G?

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Waterengineer Contributing Member • Posts: 874
Re: Suggest a good lens for shooting video in Nikon D5100.

A great and inexpensive lens I use for video all the time is the Tokina 12-24mm f/4.

You can see it's use in this video done on July 4th.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=85xDmLQsaH8

I bought my copy used for $300US.

Theodoros Fotometria Senior Member • Posts: 2,090
Re: Suggest a good lens for shooting video in Nikon D5100.

If the aim is to get shallow DOF, you need fast glass to achieve it... I have tried D5100 for video, but I ended up investing on NEX mount cameras (VG20/30) that I found superior... Still, being in a similar situation (because of the APSc size sensor) and since I have a huge collection of Nikkor lenses which I use with my FF cameras, I use the Sonys with Nikkor glass using adapters in MF only. My favorites for video are the 14mm f2.8D, the 17-35mm f2.8D, the fisheye 16mm f2.8 AI-s, the 24mm f2 AI-s, the 28mm f2 AI-s, the 35mm f1.4 Samyang, the 50mm F1.4 AI-s, the 85mm f1.8D, the 28-70mm f2.8D and the 80-200mm f2.8D dual ring. Notice that all the above are FF lenses and all of them have aperture rings... I have also tried the 17-55 f2.8 G which can be sharp at full aperture for video, but dropped it in favor of the even sharper 17-35 due to the lack of aperture ring. Also, I have this opinion that proper video is MF only... You can't have (other than the poor AF performance and noise) the focus depth changing all the time... no?

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