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Question for Lenses


Hello Everybody,

I managed to cop a rebel SL1 off of ebay along with the 18-55mm kit lens a while back. And now, I bought the "nifty fifty" 50mm 1.8. I've been having fun shooting with it but I want to get more into the video aspect as well. My main question is - between the two lenses that I currently have, would the 50mm be the better of the 2 for filming? Since it's a much faster lens I assumed it would be more versatile for filming.

Can you help me, thanks.



Outdoors the 18-55 would be better because it has the ability to zoom from 18mm to 55mm and it has Image Stabilization. Outdoors there is lots of light so the slower f/3.5-f/5.6 apertures won’t be a problem. 

Indoors there will be less light, so the 50mm might be a better choice. It’s  f/1.8 aperture let’s in more light and will allow you to use a lower ISO. (high ISO makes noisy images) The 50mm focal length might be too long for small indoor spaces, so you may have to go back to the 18-55.

Mike Sowsun