The Canon 28mm f/1.8 lens is a staple of any DSLR prime lens kit. It has great performance in low light with minimal distortion and fantastic sharpness, especially beyond f/2. USM autofocus makes for fast, quiet focusing, and manual focus is easy with the large rubber focus ring. This is a must-have for both crop factor and full-frame prime lens kits.
Used by still photographers for portraiture on both full-frame and crop factor cameras, this Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens is also a perfect length for video interviews and presentations. A moderate telephoto lens, sports and nature might be suited better to something more telephoto.
Low-light performance of f/1.8 is great, and this lens has very little vignetting even wide open. USM autofocus is great for still shooters, and the manual focus ring is great for both photo and video. This lens has 58mm front filter threads.
If you’re renting a lens for video, you may prefer the Rokinon 85mm T/1.5, with declicked manual aperture settings and an integrated focusing gear.
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is Canon’s cheapest nice lens, or maybe Canon’s nicest cheap lens. If you’re shooting for low price in low light, nothing beats the “Thrifty Fifty.” Autofocus works well, but not quietly. For video shooters, we suggest upgrading to the 50mm f/1.4 with a more accessible focus ring and quieter focus, or the Rokinon 50mm T1.5.
The thrifty 50 lens flares more than most of Canon’s lenses, but otherwise the optics are pretty impressive for the price. It’s also very lightweight and not much taller than some pancake lenses. The lens has 52mm front filter threads.
The Century Precision Optics 0HD-75CV-EX3 0.75x Wide Angle Converter Lens attaches to the front of a Sony EX1 or stock EX3 lens, and provides a 25% wider angle. It is a zoom-through adapter, meaning it works at all focal lengths.
The lens adapter is a bayonet mount, replacing the Sony lens shade. The glass is high quality, made by Schneider. In our tests we saw no vignetting in 4×3 or 16×9. It’s an excellent option when shooting with a Sony 1/2″ chip camera in tight spaces.