Lens set focal lengths (1 reply and 4 comments)
I’m about to buy a Zeiss CP.2 Lens set. Given 85/50/35, I’m having trouble deciding between 28 and 21, or 25 and 18 to complete. Of course I’d love to have all of them, but budget is an issue.
Probably the 25 would be the most similar jump in view from the 35 as the 35 is from the 50? In the current Nikon Z lens catalogue, for example, the 24mm is the next wider from the 35mm and 50mm Z prime.
Thank you David. I can’t help thinking it would be nice to have something closer to the 35, and that 25 can start feeling wide sometimes. I wish there was a 32 and 40 also, but I wouldn’t be able to afford all of them anyway
Do you feel the focal length spread can be more obvious in a sequence than the “wideness”?
It all depends on your particular project and shooting style - on my current show, for example, we mainly shoot on the 24mm, 27mm, and 30mm. But we carry everything from a 17.5mm to a 75mm, plus a zoom. But if you’re talking about a lens set for any unknown shooting scenario, it might be difficult to get by with a 28mm being your widest lens unless you are directing and can limit yourself to what can be achieved with a 28mm.
I did shoot a movie called “The Love Witch” where we tried to shoot our wide masters on 35mm Super-Speed (in standard 35mm 1.85 film) but occasionally used the 28mm Standard-Speed. But I had one overhead shot over a bed where there was no way to get wide enough without using an 18mm.
I would be adding either the 18, or the 21. Compounding the question is the loss of maximum aperture on those lenses. I typically don’t shoot near wide open, but since this is a general purpose set of lenses you never know what might happen