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Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography

Zach Ramelan

When it comes to gimbal cinematography, which lenses should you use for which shots? Learn to cover all your bases in this video tutorial.

There is a variety of shots you can capture using a gimbal, and different lens choices yield different results. So which lenses should you use?

Below, I’ve listed my top three go-to lenses for gimbal cinematography — with a note about cost. You’ll find that each lens serves a completely different purpose based on what you’re capturing. Let’s take a look.


Establish the Space with a Wide Angle

A 16-35 Canon or Sony wide angle lens is a great focal length for capturing grand establishing shots. This is perfect for event coverage or travel videography that requires developing a sense of scope.

Canon (expensive)

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Canon 16-35
Image via Canon.

Sony (expensive)

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Sony FE 16-35
Image via Sony.

Tokina (Cheap)

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Tokina AF 11-20
Image via Tokina.


Versatility in Your Tool Kit

My favorite go-to lens for gimbal work is my 18-105 G Series lens. This is perfect for run-and-gun filmmaking. If I need a wide shot, I can zoom out to a wide 18mm. Or, on the opposite end, I can zoom in and capture close details on a 70-105mm. Filming with a longer focal length on a gimbal creates some beautiful movement in the frame. Since you’re condensing the shot with more detail in the background and foreground, the gimbal movement becomes much more dynamic.

Sony

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Sony E PZ 18-105
Image via Sony.

Canon

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Canon EF 24-105
Image via Canon.


Get Nifty with a 50:

Using a 50mm portrait lens is also a great way to get cinematic coverage. If you don’t have follow-focus capabilities, just monitor the distance between your camera and your subject.

Canon

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Canon 50mm
Image via Canon.

Sony

Video Tutorial: The Best Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography — Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm f/0.95
Image via Zy Optics.


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