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Looking for camera lens that works well for stop motion with a Rebel T7


I'm relatively new to the camera game and find it a bit overwhelming when looking for new pieces of gear to buy. I want to find a lens that would work well with lego stop motion. I don't have the highest of budget but just getting an idea of where to start looking would help a lot. I use an EOS Rebel T7. 



What lens do you currently have. It should be one of the many variants of the EF-S 18-55mm lenses. If so please post the full model name of the lens. Also what is your budget for a new lens. Are you doing your work indoors or outdoors. If your doing your work indoors it will be challenging with your current lens to freeze action. Due to the lens having a slow aperture. All versions of the EF-S 18-55mm are variable aperture lenses. The widest open aperture is usually F/3.5-5.6 with most versions. The newest STM variant (version 2) is even slower at F/4-5.6 which allows less light to the camera. With variable aperture lenses the more you zoom in the less light enters in the camera. For instance at 18mm the widest available aperture is F/3.5 but at the longest focal length of 55mm the widest available aperture is F/5.6 which is slow for indoor shooting.


Current Gear: EOS 5D Mark IV, EF 16-35mm F/2.8L USM, EF 24-70mm F/2.8L USM, EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS III USM, EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, EF 85mm F/1.8 USM, 470EX-AI & 600EX II-RT

Retired Gear: EOS 40D


Stop motion work can be done with any lens.  It will depend upon how you want to frame things and what depth of field you'd desire for each scene of your animation.

Did you create storyboards for your idea?  Have you experimented with your current lens?  If so, what haven't you been able to do with it to reach your vision?


Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers



Without an actual budget, its hard to suggest something that is right for you. 

EF-S 17-55 f2.8 would likely be my first choice.  (of course others exist)

Please provide your budget? 

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"Stop motion work can be done with any lens."

This is the correct answer. The kit lens you got with the T7 will do it. Stop action is more a camera thing than a lens.

"It will depend upon how you want to frame things and what depth of field you'd desire ..."

However to clarify DOF will mostly just be a matter if you want a very shallow DOF. Again your kit lens has the ability to achieve bigger DOF scenes.

"EF-S 17-55 f2.8 would likely be my first choice."

Mine two, I love that lens and if shallow DOF is desired it will provide a bit more than the kit lens.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


I  have a T7 and use it for stop action. See my grandson's baseball photo in Share Your Photos. Stop action of ball coming off the bat. Suggestion: download the manual, have the camera in hand and start with some of the basics and go the index for specifics.

Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG

Note: not freezing action, but stop motion. i.e. with objects, position them, take an image, reposition them, take another image, and repeat.  The images will then make up frames of a movie/animation.


Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers


Almost any lens can work.  

First and foremost, you will want a tripod and head combination that is as robust as a tree trunk.  A tripod with 90 degree lateral arm might also be useful.  Here is an example of a lateral center column, but NOT a product recommendation.


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