What is the best focal length for cinematic slider shots?
In this week's episode of Move with Rhino, we answer this exact question. With so many lens options out there, how do know which one will fit your video needs best? We wanted to show you guys the lenses that we use when filming and why we like/dislike each one. We also wanted to show you guys an affordable lens option that does not compromise quality for the price. Check out the video below for more details.
Disclaimer: Rokinon did not pay or sponsor us to say these things about their products. We genuinely love the lenses they create and appreciate quality glass, especially when it is at an affordable price point.
Behind The Scenes
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Which lens is for you?
We really enjoy this lens for time-lapsing and establishing shots. However, we would not recommend it for an everyday lens or for most scenes. There is also a decent amount of vignetting at the corners when shooting wide open with this lens. Solid lens but only for specific occasions.
The 24mm focal length is perfect for a go-to wide angle lens. It is wide enough to capture compelling wide angle shots will still keeping the cinematic feel. We would not recommend using this lens for close up or people shots.
35mm is a great all around lens that will cover most of the subjects and locations you are planning to shoot. If we had to bring only one lens to a shoot, we would definitely bring the 35mm due to its versatility.
When you start reaching the 50-85mm range you really start to see the subjects pop and get that "buttery" blurred out background. 50mm is a great focal length for interview shots for a more punched in look.
By far, this lens is the best bang for your buck. At only $299 brand new, people will be blown away at the quality of your videos. The 85mm gives a sweet look when filming and always brings a smile to our faces. However, we do not use it as much as we like because 85mm is usually too close for everyday use.
Since the Rokinon Lenses are fully manual, you do not need to go buy a fancy electronic adapter if you are shooting on a Sony body. This is the adapter we use. It's cheap, built nicely, and works well with these lenses.
You can even buy the 24, 35, 50, and 85mm as a bundle and save a ton of cash.
New to Rhino? Learn the system.
Watch the video below to learn about our motorized modular slider, Rhino Slider EVO.
Build Your Own Slider
We know that everyone has their own needs and wants when it comes to film-making gear. We wanted to give you the opportunity to build your very own slider from the ground up.