Making Video with Four DSLR Lenses

Last week, I was doing some video tests, and playing around with four different DSLR camera lenses. Here are the results of that – a video, showing what each lens looks like in a similar setting.

Here’s what I used in this video:

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera


  • Canon EFS 17-55 mm kit lens
  • Canon EF 50 mm Prime lens
  • Canon EF Macro 100 mm lens
  • Tokina AT-X Pro 116 DX II Wide Angle lens

Lesson learned? The Kit lens and the wide angle lens both worked great for this video. The Prime lens did ok too. The Macro lens? Not so much. So in an interview setting, the kit lens and the wide angle lens would both work great.

Fun stuff!

  • Chad

    Hi David, LightStalking has a pretty good article on taking portraits with a kit lens. . The primes do great bokeh, but if the depth of field is too thin, your nose can be in focus but your ears are fuzzy. Something else to consider if not using an external mic is that the autofocus motor can be heard if the camera is constantly refocusing. Great video detailing the lens selection and options.

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