What Type of Lens Should I Use? SLR vs. Cinema (Camera Lesson 09)
Summary: Ryan covers the differences between Cinema and SLR lenses and reveals the strengths of each type of lens.
Length: 4:08 minutes
Are Cinema Lenses really worth the extra money? I mean, they can cost well over 50 time what an SLR lens costs? In this video I’ll help you answer that question.
SLR vs Cinema
The benefit of choosing cinema lenses over SLR lenses boils down to two factors, superior consistency, and superior mechanics. SLR lenses were never meant for pulling focus. They have small focus scales and a short focus throw, or rotation. And that makes maintaining critical focus a real challenge. Especially when the camera or your subject moves. On the other hand, cinema lenses have a focus scale that has been spaced out, and they have a long focus throw- almost a complete 360 degrees. And that makes pulling focus a whole lot easier.