This week Brandon Arolfo, Senior Director of PBS Digital Studios, shares his advice on camera lenses.
The decision between a fixed focal length (aka prime) and zoom lens usually depends on two things: versatility needed and image quality. Both are great for different situations. If the settings you shoot in vary quite a bit, a zoom lens is probably best for you. If the videos you're making are in a controlled environment, like an office, house, or studio, then you'll probably be better off with getting a great fixed focal length lens.
If time allows, I prefer to shoot with a fixed lens. The image quality is usually better than setting a zoom lens at the same length. They're higher quality and made specifically for that focal length. They also go down to a lower aperture (f/1.2 or f/1.5) then you can get with zoom lenses (f/2.8 or f/4.0).
Check back in next Tuesday for a video about monitors!