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Old January 11th, 2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Fixed, fast lens for FS5

If you could buy only one fast, fixed (stabilized) lens for the FS5 for all filming situations, what would it be?
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Old January 11th, 2016, 01:54 PM   #2
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Quite impossible question. But for me a 24 probably would be a useful length.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 02:27 PM   #3
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Yup tough question. Bascially I have a couple of zooms (10-18, 18-105, 55-210) but was thinking about one fast prime for low light, etc. 24mm seems to be the most sensible - can be used with clear image zoom).

Was thinking Rokinon 24 1.5 cine ... doesn't look like they do stabilized though. Back to drawing board ...
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Old January 11th, 2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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Re: Fixed, fast lens for FS5

This is one possibility if you want something at a relatively low cost, the Canon 35mm F2 IS EF.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

I don't have it but have wondered about getting something like this as, especially with the Clear Image Zoom on the FS5, it could prove highly useful.

Other options that I have (so far) looked at are a lot more money, but IS is a big factor for me. One of the appeals of the FS5 (and my C100) is the ease of hand-held shooting without any rig/small discrete form factor - and the IS will remove those horrible micro-jitters.

Worth reading some of the amazon reviews on this link too.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
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Old January 11th, 2016, 04:41 PM   #5
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Re: Fixed, fast lens for FS5

Depends on what type of shoots you're looking to do. For me, shooting talking heads is a priority, so the 50mm f1.4 Sony Alpha lens is one of my favorites, albeit stopped down a bit. I get a medium close-up shot at a comfortable 5ft distance, with a nice shallow DOF.

That being said, it's sometimes a bit too tight, especially in the confines of a smaller room. If money isn't a concern, you might look into the very highly rated Zeiss FE 35mm f2.8, It might be slightly slower, but you can shoot it wide open with excellent results.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 05:51 PM   #6
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Yup tough question. Bascially I have a couple of zooms (10-18, 18-105, 55-210) but was thinking about one fast prime for low light, etc. 24mm seems to be the most sensible - can be used with clear image zoom).

Was thinking Rokinon 24 1.5 cine ... doesn't look like they do stabilized though. Back to drawing board ...
Doesn't the fs5 have a built in stabalizer?
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Old January 11th, 2016, 06:23 PM   #7
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I think I would have to go wth the 35mm. I typically shoot interviews with a 50 and b-roll with a 35mm but with the image zoom it's essentially a 35-70 1.4.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 04:12 AM   #8
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Doesn't the fs5 have a built in stabalizer?
No it hasn't

For the record "if" I could only have have one prime for general use it would be the Sony 35mm. sharp, small, light, FS5 digital zoom, IOS... and just learn to deal with the wonky manual focus
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This is one possibility if you want something at a relatively low cost, the Canon 35mm F2 IS EF.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review

I don't have it but have wondered about getting something like this... [/url]
Just wondering if anyone who has this specific lens could comment on what the Focus Ring is like. I can't seem to find much info about this in all the (otherwise good) web reviews I've found so far. Is the Focus Ring very short in travel or usable?
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Old January 13th, 2016, 08:47 AM   #10
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Zeiss 35mm looks nice. Sharp and fast and native for E-mount.

Canon 35mm looks great as well. A little faster, a bit heavier, needs adapter, but a bit cheaper.

I wonder when/if Sigma will enter the fray with E-mount lenses (with - hopefully - stabilization).
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Old January 13th, 2016, 02:54 PM   #11
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No it hasn't.
When I was trying out the FS5, it had stabilization in the menu which seemed to work pretty well. Must have been in the 18-105 lens that came with it.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #12
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I have an old FD 35mm f2 Canon it is a really nice lens from the 70's and it works well with a Fotodiox adapter, these lenses can be found for less than $200 in perfect shape. Mine is mint I am the only user.

It is interesting the lens has a slight brown tone, this can be fixed by WB, but I sometimes really like the effect, a bit like sepia.

35mm is a really nice focal length and with digizoom it is 35-70 a fantastic range (roughly 35-55 in UHD). I often find myself using somewhere between 35 to 70 on my zoom lenses.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 03:56 PM   #13
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Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Sony E
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Sony E
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN A Sony E
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When I was trying out the FS5, it had stabilization in the menu which seemed to work pretty well. Must have been in the 18-105 lens that came with it.
Yup, it must be built into the lens itself.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #15
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Re: Fixed, fast lens for FS5

I have the sigma art 35mm. In my opinion if you're not getting a fast prime, why not use a zoom? At 1.4 it's pretty fast but the 2.8s mentioned above seems like a shame to get a prime that slow.
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