Compact-Macros for DSLR filmmaking

Of the various Canon EF lenses I’ve experimented with for video use, the only one that has consistently impressed me (surprise) as an unusually good value – as a used lens on eBay – is the Compact-Macro 50mm f/2.5: No, Canon did not pay me to say this (sadly). Granted, we’re still referring to a lens that has aperture limitations for cine use, as – like all Canon EF lenses – the iris is controlled electronically from the camera body and cannot be de-clicked. Yet, the lens has a beautiful…

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Lens sharpness does matter, Mr. Ken Rockwell.

Warning: This is a controlled rant alert. When I first started with a DSLR, one of the first websites I found was Ken Rockwell’s lens reviews. Chances are, you’ve seen his site too – seeing as they rank highly on Google – and he’s pretty darn good. Nevertheless, there is one article on his site that I beg to differ with: Lens Sharpness Doesn’t Matter. Well, Ken – sorry to disagree with you, but sharpness does matter. Sure, lens sharpness may be overrated – especially when comparing some of Canon’s…

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