1. When you use manual focus on a DSLR camera you can zoom in 10x on the LCD screen and check focus much more precisely. i have an 85mm manual focus lens, and it is the only way i can ever get it to focus on exactly what i want. Also look up; how “spot metering” for focusing works as well for some interesting reading and learning.

    I have the EF-50mm lens, and i love it, so i would recommend it for sure, i don’t do video, but i’d imagine this would be a near perfect lens for it. As for taking pictures, and if you can’t afford the “L” series lenses, get the EF-S 60mm, it’s an amazing lens for the price.

  2. Jeff is right, if you stick to manual, its better only if you are behind the camera continually doing the adjustment. For a good and quiet lens for that camera, I would recommend the canon 50mm f/1.4, it has a ultrasonic motor in it that is great at quick auto focus. The downside for that is it doesn’t provide image stabilization so you pretty much need it on a tripod and that you need a bit of distance from the camera when you are filming. It will be pretty close to the same distance as your kit 18-55mm completely zoomed out.

  3. As far as focus goes, manual is good for short shots but you kind of have to stay in the same place, Auto focus may move in and out but with what you are doing, and how animated you are I would stay with auto focus. A lot of quality issues can be based on the amount of light. the 2 mic idea is good, when I am shooting I always use 2 sources of sound. I shoot a lot of low to no budget stuff so I know many tricks of the trade.

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