For great quality videos, it's important for you to have a variety of lenses to capture the best shot. However, it can be an overwhelming decision considering all the different lenses in the world and their "specialties". Here are the first three lenses you should buy for your DSLR.
1) Prime: “Nifty 50” 50mm f/1.8 - $125
A Prime is a lens with a fixed focal length. This means instead of the lens zooming in or out, the camera has to physically move closer or farther away from your subject. The "Nifty 50" is a 50mm lens that is super versatile. This lens is perfect for everyday recording. The maximum aperture of f/1.8 means that you can film in relatively low light. This lens is also great for its control of depth of field. Your can keep your subject in focus, while blurring the background. This lens has key features built in to help with contrast, color accuracy, and autofocus. This is perfect for portraits or filming a person in action. The 50mm lens is also pretty inexpensive compared to other prime lenses which makes it a perfect starter lens.
2) Zoom: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 - $1500
A Zoom lens is the opposite of a prime. Zoom lenses have a variable focal length, which allows you to "zoom" in and out of your shot. This full-frame lens comes with OS Image Stabilization. Image stabilization is key for long lenses, because it helps keep your shots from shaking. With a range from 70-200mm, this starter lens is perfect for filming sports and other live events. The f/2.8, while not as fast as the 50mm, still works in lower lighting.
3) Wide: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art - $750
Wide lenses have a focal length shorter than 35mm, and are used when the camera needs to be close to the subject. The Sigma 18-35mm lens is an art series zoom lens that covers wide-angle to normal focal lengths. This lens creates a beautifully sharp image. It does this by suppressing color and distortion. The lens also has a coating that controls lens flare for improved contrast and color accuracy. The Sigma lens is also great for your DSLR because Sigma is a brand that creates lenses for different camera mounts. While cheaper than a name brand Canon or Nikon lens, Sigma is comparable in quality.
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