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Lens set focal lengths (1 reply and 4 comments)

forbyfiev
8 months ago
forbyfiev 8 months ago

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. 

dmullenasc
8 months ago
dmullenasc 8 months ago

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.

forbyfiev
8 months ago

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”?

dmullenasc
8 months ago

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.

dmullenasc
8 months ago

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.

forbyfiev
8 months ago

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

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