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Super zoom lenses are going to be any zoom lenses that

Super zooms

Super zoom lenses are going to be any zoom lenses that cover the whole range from wide all the way to telephoto. If you have a fixed lens camera like a Sony EX1 or a Panasonic HPX170, these are cameras that are gong to be super zooms because they only have one lens attached to the camera, so they want to make sure that they cover the full range. But you can also, even if you have interchangeable lens cameras, get a super zoom, and this is really one of the first lenses that people often get for their cameras simply because it covers everything.

So this is a Canon 24-105mm, very popular lens. Opens up all the way to F4 and this covers the entire range. So if I only had to have one lens, if I were stuck on a desert, it would definitely be a super zoom. So if I could only afford one lens, it would be a super zoom. So this is what I recommend you start out with if you have no glass at all. Now let's talk about the optical quality of super zooms. Now the optical quality of a super zoom is going to vary depending on which focal length you set it to. So if I set this at 24, which I have it set on right about there now, it's going to match the same as if would if I had a 24 mm prime lens.

But if I turn it all the way to 105 right there, it's going to match more the properties of a telephoto. So right there, just by doing that little twist and extending the barrel of the lens right there, I'm going to get much more shallow depth of field than if I pull all the way out here. So if I'm having a problem with focus, then I will go ahead and maybe go to a little bit wider focal length on this zoom lens. Now what else do we need to know about zoom lenses? They generally require more light. You can see here when I have it fully extended like this, in full telephoto, the barrel is a lot longer.

It takes more light to travel through this lens to reach the sensor, so these generally aren't more light sensitive, and of course, the ones that are more light sensitive are going to cost a lot more. So maximum aperture is going to vary by model. This one happens to be a F4, but if you've got something like an F2.8, it would be even more useful but of course it's going to cost a little bit more money. Now, what are some of the other things that this is used for? This is generally used for, I like to call it, my keep it moving lens. If I have to move and get a lot of stuff very quickly, this is the one and only lens that I would go with simply because I can get my wide, my medium, my closeup and all those things from the same position, without having to move too much, so these are great documentary lenses.

If you're traveling and you don't want to take your whole lens kit, you don't want to pack a lot of glass with you to the airport, this is the one lens that I would definitely take with me for travel or short little trips. If I just need to get quick B-roll, this is all around good lens, but again, this is really your great all-purpose lens and I would really consider it a starter lens. So if you're just starting out, I think the lens to go with is a super zoom and one of these Canon EF 24-105 is a great choice, but any lens that has a similar focal range will also work for you.

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    1. Tips for lighting an interview subject
      9m 49s
  2. 2m 8s
    1. Intro to Pro Video Tips
      2m 8s
  3. 17m 27s
    1. Controlling reflections in glass
      4m 7s
    2. Managing color with polarizers
      2m 32s
    3. Using a polarizer to adjust skin tones
      2m 0s
    4. Using polarizers when shooting landscapes
      4m 42s
    5. Ten polarizer tips
      4m 6s
  4. 14m 34s
    1. Supplies to get to hide lav mics
      2m 13s
    2. Hiding lavs in collars
      5m 16s
    3. Hiding mics in hair
      2m 17s
    4. Hiding mics in sheer tops
      2m 40s
    5. Hiding transmitter packs on talent
      2m 8s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Canon C100 overview
      11m 33s
    2. Looking at the Atomos Ninja
      12m 20s
    3. Checking out the C100 menu options
      10m 32s
  6. 10m 28s
    1. Ten tips for set safety
      10m 28s
  7. 9m 18s
    1. Packing a truck
      9m 18s
  8. 19m 24s
    1. Putting together your lens kit
      1m 0s
    2. Normal lenses
      1m 54s
    3. Wide lenses
      3m 5s
    4. Ultra-wide and fish-eye lenses
      2m 53s
    5. Telephoto lenses
      4m 53s
    6. Super zooms
      2m 54s
    7. Macro lenses
      2m 45s
  9. 17m 22s
    1. The importance of exposure
      1m 31s
    2. Using waveforms
      5m 3s
    3. Using histograms
      6m 53s
    4. Using zebra stripes
      3m 55s
  10. 10m 20s
    1. Shutter speed overview
      3m 18s
    2. Different ways to use shutter speed
      7m 2s
  11. 10m 29s
    1. Tips for keeping your budget down
      10m 29s
  12. 10m 11s
    1. Working with batteries
      10m 11s
  13. 24m 39s
    1. External audio settings
      4m 2s
    2. Audio input menus
      9m 31s
    3. Audio output menus
      4m 6s
    4. Setting and monitoring your levels
      7m 0s
  14. 16m 33s
    1. Introduction to backlight
      1m 18s
    2. Types of backlight
      3m 51s
    3. Exposing for backlit shots
      5m 31s
    4. Backlighting translucent object
      1m 39s
    5. Avoiding lens flare and wash out
      4m 14s
  15. 13m 28s
    1. Booming techniques
      13m 28s
  16. 5m 42s
    1. Feeding your crew
      5m 42s
  17. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing between prime, servo, and manual zoom lenses
      5m 19s
    2. Running and gunning with prime lenses
      3m 17s
  18. 10m 55s
    1. Green screen lights and materials
      3m 47s
    2. Mounting the green screen
      1m 39s
    3. Lighting the green screen
      3m 8s
    4. Lighting your subject
      2m 21s
  19. 9m 28s
    1. What to look for when buying a tripod
      6m 13s
    2. Working with monopods
      3m 15s
  20. 23m 19s
    1. Choosing a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Preparation and supplies for a surf shoot
      2m 13s
    3. Dealing with lens fog
      1m 44s
    4. Mounting your POV camera
      3m 20s
    5. Tracking and shooting your surfer from the shore
      6m 56s
    6. Interview with Tony Cruz
      6m 4s
  21. 8m 37s
    1. Introduction to lens mounts
      1m 24s
    2. Canon mounts
      2m 0s
    3. PL mounts
      1m 59s
    4. Nikon mounts
      1m 24s
    5. Micro 4/3 mounts
      1m 50s
  22. 7m 30s
    1. Introduction to lighting ratios
      1m 19s
    2. Comparing ratios
      2m 52s
    3. Measuring light ratios
      3m 19s
  23. 10m 25s
    1. Ten Looks in Ten Minutes
      10m 25s
  24. 5m 36s
    1. Using camera height and POV to better tell your story
      5m 36s

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