In this video, YouTube vlogger and content creator Faruk Korkmaz takes a look at four different Sony lenses that he calls perfect for vlogging. “With these lenses creating the perfect vlogging setup is easy, and once your setup is ready you can go and tell your story the way you always wanted.” Watch as he explains what you need to know and look for when it comes to vlogging lenses – and the four Sony lenses that check all of those boxes. See more videos like this one on the Alpha Universe YouTube Channel.
“With these lenses creating the perfect vlogging setup is easy, and once your setup is ready you can go and tell your story the way you always wanted.” – Faruk Korkmaz
The Importance Of Size & Weight
Faruk says that when it comes to vlogging, the size and weight of the lens play an important part. “A lighter lens, means a lighter camera,” he explains, “which means by the time I reach my location to start filming, I am not tired from carrying a heavy setup. A lighter and a smaller lens is going to take a lot less space in your camera bag.”
Wide-Angle Lenses For Vlogging
He also says you want wide angle lenses because you want to be completely in the frame, without filling up the frame. “Also you want to have enough space in the frame if there’s someone else next to you or if you’re showing something in the background. And all these lenses, Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ or Sony 11mm f/1.8 for cameras like the Sony ZV-E10, or Sony 20mm f/1.8 G and Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ for cameras like the Sony Alpha 7 IV, will give you that wide-angle field of view.”
The Advantage Of Power Zooms
Vlogging is all about capturing the moment, and sometimes those moments are happening in the distance. That’s when Faruk says the Power Zoom lenses like the Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ and Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ really come into play so you won’t miss the things that are happening – even from far away. “Most zoom lenses, when you zoom in or zoom out, they extend. If you have your camera balanced on a gimbal, the balance of the gimbal will change. Since these lenses don’t extend, you can put them on your gimbal and zoom in and out without affecting the balance.” You can also use a remote or grip to zoom in out with the Power Zoom, freeing up your second hand.
Video & Image Quality
Vlogs can take place anywhere and at any time – inside, outside, day, night. Keeping your audience’s attention requires solid image quality and focus. All of these lenses have good minimum focusing distance to keep things in focus, and also do a great job of separating yourself from the background with a shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh. Want that extra creamy bokeh look? Faruk says to try the Sony 11mm f/1.8 with the Sony ZV-E10, or the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G for the Sony Alpha 7 IV.
“Stabilized footage will keep your audience’s attention longer than shaky footage. Sony offers many stabilization solutions. You can stabilize the footage in camera, or you can stabilize the footage later using Sony’s software. These lenses pair up with Sony cameras’ in-body image stabilization system, which gives you the best looking footage you can get. You also want your lenses to be made by the same company that makes the camera, because then you will get the best out of your lenses and your camera’s capabilities.”
A great audio completed a great vlog, and you want a microphone that will capture that. Faruk recommends the Sony ECM-B10 Shotgun Microphone. “This Sony ECM-B10 Shotgun Microphone is light, small and has many settings for you to choose from including noise cancellation. It doesn’t require a battery, you just plug this into the hot-shoe mount and it turns on and off with the camera, which means that you don’t have to worry about turning your microphone or making sure it has battery.”
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