My Camera Gear! - Page 2

Don’t waste your money on the camera, I would actually buy the cheapest camera possible but spend most on buying good lenses.  You can start out with a 18-135mm kit lense (as most DSLR have package sale with that lens) to hone your skills for zooming, playing with lights/aperture/F-Stop, etc…etc…

One Lens You Should HAVE – Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Once you get a hang of making some videos with DSLR, you will definitely want to get some good lenses.  If there’s ONE lens I recommend you to buy that performs GREAT and it’s affordable, try the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens.  Nowadays, I do nearly every one of my High On Android YouTube videos with this one lens.

The Sigma 18-35mm lens is a wide-angle lens with low F-stop of just 1.8.  What’s great about that?  The lower the F-stop, the more in-focus you can get to your subject and also have more depth-of-field (where your subject comes in focus while background blurs out).  Not only that, you get F1.8 from 18 to 35mm, which means you get all-around great zoom lens with super-low F1.8.  Even famed tech YouTuber MKBHD has one of these in his bag, ask him and he will swear by it.

This one lens can do everything as it’s wide-angle but the coolest part with this lens is that you can focus on object even an inch away.  This means that so long as you can point your camera close to your subject, you can use it like a zoom lens that can get super-close shots to your subject with great focus.

I used to use the 24-105mm Canon L lens religiously, but having F-stop of 4 vs 1.8 makes a HUGE difference in your videos.  I can pretty much do everything the Canon L lens can do along with more focus, better videos in low-light, and also wide-angle.   Now, the Sigma lens does not have as much zooming capabilities but simply moving your camera closer to the subject and having great short-distance focus makes up for it.

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  • tkj

    hi .. i’ve always valued your demo’s etc but your descriptin of the Sigma lens is just absurd:
    re:
    The Sigma 18-35mm lens is a wide-angle lens with low F-stop of just 1.8. What’s great about that? The lower the F-stop, the more in-focus you can get to your subject and also have more depth-of-field (where your subject comes in focus while background blurs out).
    er:

    Any photographer worth his/her salt knows that the total opposite is true!!! Low f’s such as 1.8 mean very *shallow* depth of field!!!! ie, THINNER is that zone where things are in focus. An extreme example of the opposite effect woujld be a pin-hole camera which might have a f-stop of 90 or 120 !!
    So hUGE is the ‘plane of focus’ that no lens is even NEEDED!!! EVERYTHING to infinity will be reasonably sharp! I could do the calculations but i wont, i’ll just estimate:
    If lens to subject is , say 5 feet, at f1.8 (ie, wide open) , i’d expect the zone of focus to be perhaps several inches! ie,… NARROW .. ie, LESS depth of field ..

    Tue, it’s easy for non-photog’s to be a lil confused .. The real advantage of f1.8 would be twofold:
    ability to emphasize a certain device, blurring the rest in the distance, aND to allow more light to hit the sensor (film or chip or eyeball!) allowing a faster shutterspeed … I think you git my drift now … Please do correct the impression your lines above present ..
    and please do keep up the good work we’ve come to value !

    tkjtkj@gmail.com