I am completely new to cameras full stop but want to create videos for my small business along with some product shots. I love the shallow depth of field look and would like to know which lense would be best for close product images and video interviews with people who would be around 2 meters or so from the camera both with SDoF.
>Hi Julian, > >Welcome to Nikonians! >Do you have a budget in mind?
Hi Mem, thanks for the quick reply. I was thinkjng of buying used and at around £100 but i can spend a little more if needed if i could get something better suited to my needs as the video and product shots will be my main thing.
I have an 18-55mm that came with my kit so will use this along side.
The two AF options that are closest to your budget would be the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and the 50mm f/1.8G AF-S. To see which focal length works best for your particular requirements, set the zoom ring on your 18-55mm to 35mm and shoot a few test images and videos. Then set the zoom ring to about 50mm and repeat the test. It should then be obvious to you which focal length works best for you.
Just so you know when shooting video you'll want to get into manual mode. AFS isn't that great and when shooting video you don't have access to the aperture on the fly on a G lens and that isn't just a Nikon D3200 issue. You just don't have electronic functions on the D lenses that have an external manual aperture.
The 35mm and 50mm lenses are however great for shooting and I have both they will be a big change for you to have a f/1.8 lens! The bad news is you'll get hooked on nice glass and these are the only ones that are chea The 50mm does nice portraits and the 35mm can be a great carry around lens too with a full range of F stops. The f/1.4 versions of these are expensive.
Consider going totally manual for video. Some of the older lenses are inexpensive and a manual aperture on a video camera is common. Most any Nikon F mount lens will work 100% manual. You just have to pull your own focus and metering. You lose all the auto functions. It is something you can learn though.
Just as a thought, in addition to the 35 and 50 f/1.8 primes, I'd look at the 40 mm DX Micro, as well. The Micro-Nikkor would be better for some product shots, and is right in that focal length range, as well (and, again, you can simulate it by using your 18-55 at 40 mm).
Both the lenses recommended are very good. I have the 35 mm 1.8, it's very sharp.
For what it's worth, I do video in autofocus all the time & it works fine. I've heard comments that you can hear the lens focus motor in the video, but I've never heard it in mine. Of course there is usually plenty of other noise on my video clips, which are usually of grandchildren. Maybe if you were making a video in absolute silence you could hear the motor, but why would you do that anyway?
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