There’s a saying that a camera will only last you for X amount of years, but a good lens will last you a life time. Although it often boils down to a balance between backwards compatibility and for the manufacture to never change the lens mount, but nonetheless, the notion stays the same; bodies can become obsolete, lenses are timeless.
Recently I’ve invested in a set of Nikkor Ai-s lenses from the 80s, and the 50mm 1.2 is one of the best lenses I have ever used. Despite the missing function of an automatic focus and electronic aperture, it would take a lot of persuading to put a modern lens back in my hand.
Here in this vintage IndieTips tutorial we run through the basics of what lenses are needed to get started in DSLR filmmaking. We also look at what different characteristics can be found in the different lens groups; standard, wide, telephoto.
Below the video you can find the list of recommended lenses separated by budget and region.