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Old Jul 21, 2011, 2:38 AM   #1
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Default Can you guys recommend a lens for stop-motion (a33)?

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I'm a film maker. I'm not used to working with still cameras... so stop-motion is fairly new territory for me. Can anyone recommend a lens for the Sony a33? The sets will be about 6-8' wide and 5-6' deep. The camera won't be more than a few feet away from the animated puppets and the set.

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Old Jul 21, 2011, 7:05 AM   #2
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The best lenses are macro lenses, so something like Sony's 50mm f/2.8 or 100mm f/2.8, or Sigma's 70mm f/2.8 would be best. Also, I suspect that you wouldn't want the exposure settings to change much from shot to shot, so a fixed aperture would be better, and you wouldn't want the angle of view to change much, so a prime would be better than a zoom. The extra sharpness of a prime would be wasted on a video, but the other advantages of macro lenses would be a great benefit.

I presume you already have the 18-55mm kit lens, so you can use that to judge what focal length would work well for you. Do you have any idea what others have done in your situation?
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Hey,
I'm a film maker. I'm not used to working with still cameras... so stop-motion is fairly new territory for me. Can anyone recommend a lens for the Sony a33? The sets will be about 6-8' wide and 5-6' deep. The camera won't be more than a few feet away from the animated puppets and the set.

Thanks in advance, everyone!
Anthony
Keeping a fast shutter speed will stop motion on any lens. As TCav said the 18-55mm is a good place to start. I just purchased the Sony DT 35mm as a prime lens. You can read more info here about it.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_dt_35mm_f...viewid235.html
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Just to be clear, are you talking about Stop Motion animation (i.e:Gumby, Wallace & Gromit, "Her Morning Elegance" Music Video), or are you talking about High Speed Photography where you record a still image of a very brief occurance.
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