Videographers and cinematographers are all incredibly excited about the great effects, narrow depth-of-field, and cost savings that they can achieve by using SLR sensors to shoot video. They’ve rushed into the technology with all the excitement and enthusiasm of a third grader who just tried his first cup of coffee and chased it down with a pound of sugar cookies. They’re uncontrollably excited and completely frustrated at the same time.
Like so many problems, the videographer entering the realm of photography lenses is crippled by assumptions. They assume photo lenses work like video lenses. They assume the terminology they used to describe lenses is the same as the terminology in the photography world. But like the English and Americans, photographers and videographers are often two peoples separated by a common language.
So this article is strictly for the video crowd, an attempt to rather briefly summarize the major differences between photography lenses and videography lenses.