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Choosing the Right Lens for Videography (🎥 & 📘)

A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Lens for Your Video Projects

Choosing the right lens for videography should be simple, but in reality it depends on a number of factors. You need to consider the type of video you're shooting, lighting conditions and the desired effect or look of the footage. You also need to bear in mind the camera type and your personal preferences.

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Here are some tips to get you started:

Documentary or Run and Gun Videography:

When shooting documentary or run and gun style videos, you need a versatile lens that can capture a wide range of shots quickly. A zoom lens with a focal length range between 24mm to 70mm is a good choice, as it enables you to switch between wide-angle and standard shots, as well as quickly zoom in to capture close-ups.

Cinematic or Narrative Videography:

When shooting narrative videos or films, the choice of the lens plays a significant role in creating the desired cinematic effect. Prime lenses with a wide aperture (f/1.4 or f/1.8) are ideal for cinematic videography. These lenses produce a shallow depth of field, which can help to isolate the subject and create a dynamic look.

Sports Videography:

Sports videography requires a lens that can capture fast-moving subjects from a distance. A telephoto lens with a focal length of 70mm to 200mm or higher will help you capture sharp and detailed shots of the action and avoid issues such as blur.


For vlogging or self-shooting, a wide-angle lens is essential to capture a wider field of view. Typically, a lens with a focal length of 16mm to 35mm is best suited to vlogging. A lens with image stabilisation can also be helpful to prevent shaky footage.


When shooting interviews, you want to capture the subject in a flattering and professional way. A medium telephoto lens with a focal length of 50mm to 85mm can help to create a flattering image, while also producing a shallow depth of field.

Low Light Videography:

Filming in low light conditions can be tricky. Choosing a lens with a wide aperture that can capture as much light as possible is key. A prime lens with a wide aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.8 can help to capture bright and sharp footage even in darker environments, making it perfect for a variety of low-light situations.

Match your lens to your needs

At the end of the day, the perfect lens for your project will depend what sort of content you're shooting. Understanding the different types of lenses available and their capabilities will help you match your lens to your specific needs, enabling you to capture exceptional footage every time.

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