Best Lenses for using a DSLR Video Camera on Stabilizers, Steadicams, Glidecams, Steadycams

8:33 AM Steadi Rigs 0 Comments

DSLR video cameras are now capable of shooting crisp, beautiful HD video with many options for interchangeable lenses. 

In my opinion prime (non-zoom) lenses seem to be sharper and cleaner than most zooms. Of course that doesn't mean you can't break the bank and invest in a high quality zoom like the Canon EF 8-15mm or Nikon Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm. 

Wide angle lenses help to smooth out video when using a handheld stabilizer. Also lightweight lenses are better on a handheld rig because it lessons user fatigue. An extra couple pounds might not seem like much at first but if you're shooting a scene multiple times or running around a live event you'll really start to notice any extra weight on the stabilizer. Here's a demo using a wide angle lens and a SteadiGO handheld video camera stabilizer.
The bottom line: I recommend using prime lenses from 8mm to 35mm on any handheld steadycam. The wider the better, especially when your learning how to balance and use a stabilizer.

Written by Aaron M.
Owner - SteadiRigs LLC