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Zach’s Lenses for DSLR

Zach’s Lenses for DSLR

People have asked me to talk about which camera lenses I use in my youtube videos. I have a Canon 5D and I shoot with just 3 primary lenses for my videos.


Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens

The widest angle lens that I use is the Tokina.

Product Features

  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Zoom Digital Lens

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Tokina
  • Model: ATX 11-16mm
  • Lens Type: wide-angle
  • Minimum focal length: 11 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 16 millimeters
  • Price: $699.00

Picture taken with the Tokina 11-16



Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

This is the standard go-to lens for any interviews to achieve a beautiful depth of field. This lens is great for Close Up shots and looks great in the early morning and dusk light.

Technical Details

  • 50mm standard lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • Traditional Gauss-type optical design is extremely sharp
  • Focuses as close as 18 inches for extreme close-ups
  • Ideal for natural-looking shots; excellent color balance
  • Measures 2.7 inches in diameter; 1-year warranty
  • Price: $118.00

Picture taken with the Canon 50mm




Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras


I bought this lens with the Canon 5D when I initially purchased it. It is pretty much a standard lens that I use for every video shoot. The only thing I do not like about the lens is that it does terrible in low light situations so as long as you use it when there is a sufficient amount of light, it looks great. Many DSLR filmmakers are strict about using prime lenses but I do love having a zoom feature on this lens. I never use the zoom during a shot but it is great for punch in shots.

Technical Details

  • 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
  • Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
  • Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; 1-year warranty
  • Price: $1049
Picture taken with the Canon 24-105mm -

Zach’s Lenses for DSLR
13 votes, 3.85 avg. rating (76% score)


  1. ralphie j /

    Awesome Zach! This information is so helpful. I think I will be getting a 50mm soon.

  2. Thanks Zach! you will be the next Steven Spielberg:)

  3. Wow! I also use 50mm f/1.8 II lens and it gives awesome quality film-look! ;) We have the same taste lol

  4. i’ve been looking at the cannon 50mm for a while, if it’s good enough for you it’s good enough for me!

  5. Jimmy Kendrick /

    awesome zach… thanks for share your acknowledge on video, hey do you have the school of edit video in La Mirada????

  6. lol are these free too??? haha

  7. Zach…your wealth of knowledge is amazing and I can’t believe you give it all away for free. You are the best!!!

  8. I have the 50 f/1.4 and I love it. Think ill get the Tokina one soon. The f 1.4 i thought had better build quality and that extra .4 stops has really come in handy (since I dont go over 800)

  9. im looking into buying the canon 7D since i have the canon 10-22mm lens and im trying to upgrade from the t2i.. my question is, is the 7D comparable to the 5D in HD quality??? whats the major differences in low light situations? thanks zack!

  10. Hey Zach,
    Thanks for sharing! Do you never miss a 30mm lense on the 7D? (50mm considering the x1.6 crop factor)


  11. Hey Zach, stayed all night with your youtube shows! U and your pals are amazing!

  12. Dicky /

    Thank you KindManZach

  13. how could you use Tokina 11-16 on a full frame body like 5D Mark 2 ? it supposed to work only on APS-C sensors like 7D , 60D etc..

  14. I’m new to DSLR’s, so the only lens I have is the started kit lens. I think i’ll get a Nifty Fifty first!

  15. Quick question Zack, or anyone that is reading this. I recently bought the 50mm 1.8 lens for my canon t2i/550D, well my question is, what should I get next? If you were in this situation, what would be your decision? Please get back to me. Thank You – Bigapplemagic

  16. Diego /

    Your are the best, you need to do a movie or a serie, or something really cool

  17. Damon /

    I use the Canon T3i, but it is really tricked out, but my other favorite lens that I use came from my shooting stills on film days, 80-210 f2.8, not cheap, but well worth it if you have the funds. I am also an editor for a local tv station in Oklahoma, and one of the stations storm chasers.

  18. Zack what would you recommend for hd video recorder. With hdmi/sdi input. Thanks. Alex