Nathan Skillen

Nathan Skillen

There's no set lens for a music video - it all depends on how you want it look and what the shot requires. Every music video is different.

I would recommend prime lenses such as the 50mm 1.8 you linked there as it allows low-light shooting and a small depth of field when used at or near f/1.8. (be careful to focus correctly).

Ideally you want a set of lenses to cover different focal ranges and uses. If you're on a budget I'd recommend checking out the Sigma 30mm 1.4 as well as the Rokinon 85mm 1.4.
The Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 would be a great wide-angle choice for a crop-sensor camera such as the T2i.

Also you should try first by renting lenses from a local photo/video shop to try it out on a shoot and see if you like it. If you're doing music videos then you can include the rental cost as part of your fee (even if your labour is free, you can convince them to pay for expenses such as gear rentals).

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