Dan Hume's Blog

Lens to Use for Filming
February 28, 2011, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

I’m still undecided about which lens I want to film with. I’m stuck between the Canon 24 – 105mm f/4 IS or the Canon 24 – 70mm f2.8. Both have pros and  cons.

Canon 24 – 105mm:


  • Constant aperture when zooming in or out.
  • Built in IS (Image stabilisation) – smoother handheld look


  • fixed aperture so you can’t increased depth of field; therefore also not so good in low light

Canon 24 – 70mm:


  • Shallow depth of field


  • No IS –  meaning camera shake will be noticeable for handheld footage.

I’m more drawn to the 24 – 105mm f/4 lens as it does appear to be flexible for all the shots in need to shoot. I’m not really too bothered about having really shallow depth of field, as long as there’s some decent bokeh in the shots then it will at least look professional.

If I’m wanting to use the 24 – 105mm lens, I can only start shooting by end of March, which is a downside, but it may be worth while waiting for.


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