5 Best Canon Lenses for Filmmaking and Cinematography

When it comes to DSRL’s, the biggest things we have learned is you have to pair your lenses to the specific shoot you are on. We shoot everything from weddings, feature length documentaries and commercial shoots and when we have our go to set of primes that we bring with us everywhere, we always cater our set of lenses to what that shoot needs and requires. Since we always want to shoot the best quality video possible, In this article, I am going to talk about 5 Canon DSLR Lenses for Filmmaking and Cinematography that you have probably heard off and some interesting applications that we have learned over the years.

Canon 24-105mm f4L IS Kit Lens

Canon EF_24-105mm_f4L_IS_USM

What’s amazing about this Canon lens is that it allows for such a wide focal length with image stabilization. A lot of Canon image stabilizing lenses are in longer focal range like 70-200mm.

For years, we didn’t even use this lens and it just sat on our shelves and then we made a connection that we can use an IS with 24mm. It became our go to tool when we want to shoot on an airplane, in a car, inside of a moving bus, all kinds of things that require moving shots were we couldn’t fir in a steady cam.

Canon 14mm f2.8L rectilinear Lens

Canon 14mm f2.8L rectilinear Lens

This lens is perfect with a steady cam, a slider or a crane. Because it is so wide, it offers really an exaggerated image and that’s great to amplify the look of your movement.

The other great thing is that since it is a rectilinear lens, the distortion looks really natural and is much more pleasing

Canon 135mm f2.0L Lens

Canon 135mm f2.0L Lens

Lots of people see this lens and wonder why do I use this over 70-200 f2.8 But, 135mm is small in size and is great for travelling purposes along with really short minimum focusing distance of only 3 feet.

It gives you really shallow depth of field as your subject is really close to your camera and when you do get shallow depth of field out of this lens, you will notice that the background blur is really really pleasing.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II

Canon Extender 1.4x II

When you pair a canon lens with the 1.4 converter, you get greater diversity in a really small package. Canon Extender 1.4 converter is a low cost option to get a lot more diversity out of many of the lenses that you have.

You have to check the Canon website for the compatibility list to see exactly what lenses it’s going to work with or follow the chart below. It does work with 70-200mm f2.8 and with 135mm as well. So, you can take this little converter and it will multiply your focal length by 1.4.

ef extender compatibilty chart

Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS Lens

Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS Lens

This lens also works well with the 1.4 converter and gives you are great focal range to go from a medium shot to all the way into a super close up. It is a push pull lens, that means you have to push and pull the lens in and out to zoom in so that you can zoom and focus with one hand

One of the biggest things I suggest is you try out these lenses before you buy, not every lens is right for every person and certainly not every lens is right for every situation. So go out, try them and see what works for you.

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