In this tutorial, I show what lenses to use and buy when starting out as a filmmaker or videographer. You can easily spend a fortune on lenses, but if you are well-informed, you can save yourself a lot of money and still produce great work.
I also talk about the differences between standard still photography lenses (DSLR lenses) and cinema lenses.
To find the prices for the lenses and adapters that I recommend in this tutorial, check out the links below or see my favorite filmmaker’s gear on Amazon.
Used Manual Focus Nikon F-Mount / Nikkor lenses on
Here is a selection of lens adapters for the manual Nikon F-Mount / Nikkor lenses to Canon EOS cameras (Canon 5D, 7D, T3i… – anything with a Canon EF-Mount).
Vello Nikon to Canon lens adapter at B&H
Lens adapters Nikon F-Mount to Canon (EF and EF-M mount) cameras on
And here are some cool lenses
Here are three of my other tutorials that also teach about lenses:
Photography Tips: Composition & Camera Angles – Filmmaking Tutorial 14
How to Film a Dialogue Scene: Angles, Framing & Rule of Thirds – Tutorial 17
Red Epic vs DSLR’s – Shot Design Filmmaking Tutorial 37