DSLR Filmmaking & Lenses: What You Should Know Now

This week, Jeff Bauer contributes “DSLR Filmmaking & Lenses: What You Should Know Now,” a series of columns explaining the importance and benefits of specific types of camera lenses (ultra wide, wide, normal, portrait, telephoto). 

Introduction: Sensors and Lenses

In the world of film and video, there are many different types of lenses, typically organized by focal length.

  1. Ultra Wide: < 21mm
  2. Wide: 21- 35mm
  3. Normal: 35 – 70mm
  4. Portrait: 70 – 135mm
  5. Telephoto: 135 – 300mm

When searching for a specific look for your images, it’s important to take into account a wide array of details. Size, weight, focal length, and aperture all play an important role, but there are other determining factors such as the lens mount, focusing mechanisms, and sensor size… (full article)

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