The Lenses of Space Rangers

I shot Space Rangers on 4 lenses.  The Canon 50mm f1.8, also known as the “nifty 50” because of its all plastic body and low price.  The Sigma 24mm 1.8, the Canon 15 – 85mm zoom, and the Tamron 18 – 200mm zoom.  I would guess that 90% of the film was shot on 2 lenses, the 50mm and the 24mm.  I’m really a huge fan of prime lenses.  They are generally sharp, fast and don’t clutter the image with artifacts associated with zoom lenses.
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The Nifty 50 is a particularly good lens for close-ups.  It doesn’t distort the features of the face like a wider lens would, and at f 1.8 you can get very nice shallow DOF.
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The 24mm is wide enough on a crop sensor camera that it gives a field of view very similar to the human eye.  Its great for shots where you have 2 or 3 people talking to each other, which I had a lot of.  It was also a perfect lens for medium shots in our small “command deck” set.  This lens is very sharp, and with a wide aperture of f1.8 it can shoot in very low light situations.
The 15 – 85mm zoom was used infrequently.  Primarily when I was in a very small set and just needed a much wider field of view.  For a zoom it is exceptionally sharp, but with a wide open f stop range of 3.5 to 5.6, it’s not a very fast lens.
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The Tamron 18 to 200mm zoom was a lens I grabbed a lot for outdoor day shooting.  The long end of the zoom allowed me to compress locations visually and give the shots a very “big” look.  I used this lens the most for the “asteroid” sequence that was shot in northern Arizona.  This lens is the least sharp of all the lenses I own, but under the right conditions it can produce extraordinary images.

18 - 200MM ZOOM1

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