2020’s Best Cinema Camera Lenses For Less Than $1000

20 Jul 2020

6 Min Read

Every creative knows that the first project isn’t the most equipped one, in most cases. But the way through the journey of filmmaking or photography has to get started even with the lowest equipment possible to give the audience a glimpse of what an artist is capable of. Today we want to talk about affordable lenses that you can use to create a good-looking project with pocket-friendly gears.

Sigma Art Series

Beginning with the Sigma lenses called ART, are popular lenses for both photographers and cinematographers. Sigma art lenses are equipped with a good range of the diaphragm and they vary in aperture range and include almost all of the options of the focal length available. You can find different mount options among Sigma art series for Sony E, F, A, mount, Canon EF mount, Nikon F mount, Leica L mount, and Pentax K for under $1000, though there are some of the art series that are over this price range.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G ($476.95)

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is one of the lenses that is going to help you with its high rang of focal length for portraiture. It is a short-telephoto prime that features the maximum aperture of f/1.8. It has lightweight and works well in low light situations. Nikon AF-S Nikkor has a Super Integrated Coating, which produces greater contrast and color fidelity by controlling flare and ghosting when working in bright and backlit conditions. The focal length is 85mm and it is an F-mount lens.

Sigma Art lenses
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Lens

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R ($999.00)

If you want to isolate subjects and working in low-light conditions the XF 56mm f/1.2 R from FUJIFILM is a good option for you. It’s Perfect for portraiture and is known by its fast f/1.2 maximum aperture.
In order to achieve high sharpness and clarity, its professional optical design which has both aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements is useful to reduce a variety of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion. If you want a beautiful bokeh effect, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R features an internal focusing mechanism for quick focusing performance and a rounded seven-blade diaphragm to give you that desired bokeh.
There is also a Super EBC coating that reduces flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy in bright light. It’s identified as an X-Mount Lens with APS-C Format.

Fujifilm FujinFujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 on XF 56mm f1.2 R
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 ($748.00)

For those who have full-frame E-mount cameras, Sony’s FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens is a versatile wide-angle solution. Its maximum aperture is f/1.8 for selective focus effects and low-light conditions. The aspherical element of the lens reduces aberrations and field curvature without touching contrast and edge-to-edge sharpness to keep the quality high for working in a range of conditions. The 35mm uses a linear motor and internal focus design, for fast and responsive focusing. There is also a customizable focus hold button to lock focus when recomposing. You can set it to activate other functions, including Eye AF, AF On, Aperture Preview, Shot Result Preview, or Bright Monitoring among others. The 35mm is E mount and also dust- and moisture resistant with a nine-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC for Canon EF ($249.00)

The Canon EF-mount 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC from Samyang is an ultra-wide prime lens with a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture. Samyang 14mm perfectly handles imaging subjects that vary from landscape to architecture to astrophotography. By using a pair of aspherical elements and three high refractive index (HR) elements in the optical design of the lens, it can control spherical aberrations and distortion. In order to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberration for improved clarity and color accuracy, two extra-low dispersion elements are used in the Samyang 14mm. When dealing with strong lighting conditions, an Ultra Multi-Coating has been applied to the lens to limit flare and ghosting to improve contrast and color rendering. This manual focus prime lens is an EF mount one.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Lens for Canon EF

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. ($147.99)

Panasonic’s lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras called the Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. is a fast, normal prime, and affordable option for you. This lens features a bright f/1.7 maximum aperture to give you a hand in low-light shooting and depth of field control. In order to create consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination, there’s one UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) element pairs with two aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberrations and distortions. It has a Nano Surface Coating that helps to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity. Lumix G 25mm’s optical design helps to realize a compact overall form factor, measuring just 2″-long and weighing 4.4 oz. It incorporates a stepping motor that provides smooth, quiet autofocus performance that is compatible with Lumix cameras’ high-speed contrast-detection focusing systems that is useful for both stills and video capture.

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD ($599.00)

Tamron’s wide-angle prime, the Canon EF mount SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD pairs the versatile focal length with a sophisticated optical layout. In order to give you enhanced image quality by providing VC image stabilization.
This lens has one Low Dispersion element, one eXtra Low Dispersion element, and two aspherical elements to control a variety of aberrations and distortions for consistent and even illumination and sharpness, and also reduced color fringing. It has eBAND and BBAR coatings work to suppress flare and ghosting to give you increased contrast and color fidelity.
The 35mm f/1.8 lens also features a ring-type USD motor to provide quick, quiet autofocus performance with full-time manual focus capabilities. This lens is equipped with an inner focusing design and Floating System as well as having a minimum focusing distance of 7.9″ with a maximum magnification of 1:2.5. The 35mm f/1.8 lens is a good option for documentary use cases as it’s resistant to moisture, and has a fluorine-coated front element to cover it in front of fingerprints, smudging, and water.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED ($746.95)

The next one is the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED another product from Nikon that works in a variety of environments due to its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and a wide field of view. A high degree of sharpness and clarity can be produced by Its aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements, which help to minimize spherical and chromatic aberrations. Another bonus of the lens is that it features Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings, and boost contrast and color accuracy by reducing flare and ghosting. Additionally, a full-time manual focus override, together with Silent Wave Motor provides fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus performance on this Nikon F-mount lens.

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 for Canon EF (Black) ($449.95)

If you are imaginative and want a unique dreamy image the Canon EF-mount Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens from Lensbaby, produces a soft, glowing image quality that is perfect to make expressive and ethereal portraits. You can control the overall softness by stopping down the lens while having the smooth tonality of a soft-focus lens remained. The Velvet 56mm is Compatible with full-frame image sensors, the slightly longer-than-normal focal length pairs with the fast f/1.6 maximum aperture to adapt itself with difficult lighting conditions and achieve a shallow depth of field with controllable sharpness. This Lensbaby product also has a 1:2 maximum magnification and a minimum working distance of 5″ for macro shooting for increased creative versatility. It also has a dampened manual focus control to give you enough flexibility to be highly creative.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 for Canon EF Lens (Black)

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM ($899.00)

If you have a passion for macro photography and beautiful close-ups, the Canon EF-mount 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is a considerable option for you. This L-series short telephoto prime lens is a macro one, it offers a life-size, 1:1 maximum magnification and an 11.8″ minimum focusing distance. The lens has an Image Stabilizer that minimizes camera shake by two stops at full 1:1 magnification, or up to four stops at lower magnifications to give you sharper handheld shooting capability. Intended to have quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override, the Canon Macro has smooth and intuitive handling, a ring-type USM, and an internal focusing design. There’s also an ultra-low dispersion element featured in the lens, to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations, and a Super Spectra coating that is set to suppress flare and ghosting to improve contrast and color fidelity in your images.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

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