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    Hi, I will be using 2 or three p4ks in a talk show setting, preferably live switching 1 interviewer and one to 3 guests. I Prefer MFT lens though I might purchase some viltrox boosters and use EF lens. I won't do any zooming. Camera positions 1,2,3, or 1,2, Any suggestion please. I Am looking at the sigma 17-50 0r Tokina 11-16 but will consider any knowledgeable consul. Price is also a factor.


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    In Multicam shoot, consistency is key. For what you are asking, whatever lens you decide on, use the same lens on all the cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EYu View Post
    In Multicam shoot, consistency is key. For what you are asking, whatever lens you decide on, use the same lens on all the cameras.

    Sorry I meant Lens mm
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    If you have 3 cameras that's a wide, medium coverage of the host and medium coverage of the guest. You have to calculate how far your cameras will be from the set to begin to choose what focal lengths you need for that coverage.

    You could get 3 Lumix 14-42mm for like $400-$800 total, set them all to f/8 and call it a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeranSimpson View Post
    If you have 3 cameras that's a wide, medium coverage of the host and medium coverage of the guest. You have to calculate how far your cameras will be from the set to begin to choose what focal lengths you need for that coverage.

    You could get 3 Lumix 14-42mm for like $400-$800 total, set them all to f/8 and call it a day.
    Yup... I'd definitely do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPStewart View Post
    Yup... I'd definitely do that.

    Actually I will be at most 20 feet away. cameras will not be manned any c.u. will be done in post. The cameras will be recording 4k and I will be taping via atem hopefully the new atem mini.
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    My suggestion remains the same.
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    My cameras will not be manned. Camera 1 and 3 will be angled and camera 2 in the middle with a w.s. I will be recording hopefully with the new atem mini in 1080 and recording in-camera 4k. Then using the 1080 I will work on the 4k footage in post and zoom in and out as necessary add titles and whatever.


    I need to know what mm lens should I use for all three cameras. I was thinking about a 28 or 35 mm focused to infinity.


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    ....My suggestion remains the same.

    I don't know what to tell you man. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeranSimpson View Post
    ....My suggestion remains the same.

    I don't know what to tell you, man. Good luck
    I just want to know what mm lens I should use, I'm going to shoot less than 20 feet away. M,s, of the host and Over the shoulder to the guest. I know I need a wide-angle but I don't want to see the whole set and beyond. I don't know if a 50mm at 15 ft. will give me the shot that I need or if a 35 would look good at 6 ft. Basically I need the help of a dp that has done this. The project is for a presentation pilot to a local cable channel.


    Thanks all anyway

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