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Offline AlphaDog

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28mm f2.8 or 35mm f1.8 better for video recording?
« on: July 15, 2011, 07:13:21 PM »
Which lens do you think would be better for recording on the A33/A55.

The focal lengths are similar but the f-stop range and the focus motors are different. They're very similar in price and I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on which one would be better for recording video in regards to autofocus capabilities and depth of field.

This would be used for mostly outdoors video recording so the aperture isn't too important. I think the 28mm has better build quality with a solid metal mount but I'm worried that the screw drive on the 28mm might be significantly slower than the 35mm's SAM autofocus motor.

Also any advice on these lens' performance for stills would be appreciate too! I've read reviews and both seem great but I've never seen a direct comparison.

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Re: 28mm f2.8 or 35mm f1.8 better for video recording?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 10:43:09 AM »
Reviews of both lens here

I think his comment that "if the 35mm cost twice as much it would still be a great deal" says it all really.

He even says that
For APS-C only users; Do yourselves a favor; save about $1200 by purchasing this lens instead of the Sony 35mm F/1.4 G lens.   There is a slight advantage in light gathering power with the "G" lens, but the DT 35/1.8 is better at ghosting control, and coma wide open.  I don't have the "G" lens to compare the two, but based on memory, I'd say there is little difference in sharpness overall, with the "DT 35/1.8" coming out ahead at apertures wider than F/2.8.
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A33, Sony 16-80 zeiss lens, Minolta 70-210 Beercan, sony 70-200 2.8, Sony 50mm F1.8, HVL-F56am, Gary Fong Whaletail.