What is the best camera lens for your project?

Camera lenses, the all seeing eyes.

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘see the world through different lenses’? You have now. 

The actual origin of it is believed to be based on a 20th century experiment by Einstein. Wrong!* It’s based on this blog, where we see the world through different lenses and what each one offers. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words (also one of ours), so to get a proper idea of what each lens offers and why they’re different, take a watch of Tom’s excellent walkthrough at the top end of this blog. If you want to carry on reading; please do! 

Canon 70-200mm; Shortest

The 70-200 has got a nice, tight frame (not in the same way as Anthony Joshua). It gives you lots of depth in the background. As a telephoto camera lens, it includes detail that the others can’t quite establish. 

This would typically be used for close ups, or to add some depth to an interview. 

So this lens can make your shots look more cinematic and add an overall creative feel to your interview.

Sigma 24-70mm; Mid-range

The Sigma 24-70mm is similar to our first camera lens, the 70-200. 

With this lens, we have the ability to zoom out to a more mid range type shot. 

This is the perfect lens for capturing interviews on the go, or grabbing a couple of cutaways. 

Tokina 11-16mm; Widest

This is a camera lens we would typically use to film an establishing shot, such as the outside of a building. 

This lens wouldn’t be suitable for filming an interview, for example, because it captures absolutely everything in front of the camera. Everything is also in focus so there’s no real depth to the shot and it’s difficult to tell until after filming if your subject is in focus because of the width.

In conclusion, the best camera lens to use is completely dependent on the situation and what it is you want to capture. The best way to get an idea is to draw up a storyboard, or a list of what you want to include in your video project and use each shot as a reference point for the right camera lens. 

Hopefully this has given you a clearer idea of the best camera lens to use and when! If you have any further questions, do get in touch

*What do you mean stop telling porkies?

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