Part 2 of an 8 Part Series on How to Create a Website – Create and Upload Videos
Part 2 of an 8 Part Series on How to Create a Website – Create and Upload Videos.
Previously in create and upload videos part 1 we talked about video camera selection, camera power options and camera flash memory. In part 2 we will be looking at lens selections for DSLR cameras and the filter selections for DSLR lenses.
One of the first investments we made on the Canon 7D was to replace the kit lens with one that was more versatile. After careful research we decided on the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom. This lens is an incredible all purpose walk around lens. At 18 to 270mm using it is like have a whole camera bag attached to your camera.
As great as the Tamron 18-270mm is, it is still not as good in low light conditions. At some point in a project we realized we needed to find a good cheap low light lens solution. We found this in spades with the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Standard & Medium Telephoto lens. This lens can be best described as just plain thrifty nifty. The Canon 50mm f1.8 is nifty because its tac sharp when it needs to be and its thrifty because it so cheap when compared to other quality lens. At the time we paid less than $100.00 dollars for a f1.8 lens. This is why it’s known in the industry as the Nifty 50.
The Tamron 18-270mm and Canon 50mm f1.8 have served all our needs flawlessly. It was more on a whim that we needed more. On a landscape shoot we wanted more in frame then the Tamron 18-270mm could pull in. At 18mm we figured we were on the very wide end of the lenses range, but still not getting the shots we would expect from the 18mm setting. This is of course because the Canon 7D is a 1.6 crop sensor. So in reality this makes the 18mm more like 28.8mm.
If we wanted 18mm we would then need to go even lower to more like 11mm. This is what started another round of research and a new love affair with another lens. It was a warm and sunny day when she walked into our lives, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens was the answer to our landscape dreams. Not only does this lens have the required 11mm, but it comes at f2.8 with a 11-16mm zoom. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens is now a very welcome part of our family of lenses.
When purchasing any lens we recommend you protect your investment against accidental impacts or drops. This is actually going to be one of the better multipurpose purchases for your lens. Based on the design of DSLRs, the lens is very prone to impact. Not surprising, the front of the lens is most susceptible compared to the sides. This is why we recommend always having a filter installed. We recommend first investing in a UV filter. The UV filter will not only protect your shots against UV glare, it will in many cases protect your camera lens from accidental impacted damage. Most DSLR owners simply leave the UV filter on the camera at all times. It’s cheaper to replace a filter then a lens.
When you create a website video using lenses with a shallow depth of field at 24 or 30 frames per second, can tend to allow too much light to enter the camera. This creates washed out over exposed shots. We recommend using a Fader (ND) Neutral Density Adjustable Variable Filter. A variable ND fader filter will allow you to control the amount of light entering the camera. These filters work by using 2 pieces of polarized glass. As you rotate the filter ring it increases or decreases the light entering the camera. The effective rotation is normally 90 degrees to reach the maximum 7 stop darkening effect.
It is also possible to build a multipurpose fader (ND) Neutral Density adjustable variable filter using some standard polarizing filters you may already have in your camera bag. For this you will need 2 filters of the same size, 1 circular polarizing filter and 1 linear polarizing filter that allows for rotation. First you will mount the circular polarizing filter to your lens. You will then mount the linear polarizing filter over the circular polarizing filter. Once you have mounted the last filter you can then rotate the linear filter for the Variable ND effect.
These filters have the same combined effect as a standard off the shelf Fader (ND) Neutral Density Adjustable Variable Filter. The multipurpose application for this configuration is great because each filter can still be used for their individual intended purposes. In many cases even the top combined pricing of these two filters is less than a top end fader (ND) Neutral Density adjustable variable filter. If you do not already own a fader (ND) Neutral Density adjustable variable filter or a circular polarizing filter and a linear polarizing filter Circular Polarizing Filter, we recommend taking the multipurpose direction.
When selecting filters we recommend the extra costs of going with the larger 77mm size or larger if needed. This will allow you to use a step up and down kit to adapt your filters to any smaller lens configuration. The trouble comes is when you try to use a 52mm filter on a 77mm lens with step adapters. This will actually give your shots tunnel vision depending on the configuration. So remember with adapters, filters larger than any of your lenses can always be used on any of your lenses.
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