December 1, 2015 at 4:50PM, Edited December 1, 4:55PM


Which of these wide lenses are best for video on the GH4?

I have recently bought a GH4 with an Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and a Canon FD 35-105 f/3.5 ( with a simple adapter).
With what money I have left, I would like to buy a wide lens as well. I could buy something like:

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens f/2 F2 for MFT
Samyang 12mm T2.2 Cine NCS CS VDSLR Lens t/2.2 for MFT
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for Canon EF
Olympus 17mm f/1.8

The equivalent focal distances ( 24,28,35) are all very used, hence the many options. Also, is it better to get a native lens or adapt?

Thank you


With Micro 4/3 you pretty much has to use a native lens as most non m4/3 lenses are too long to be a wide-angle lens.

Of the lenses you posted my preference would be for a Samyang 16mm f/2.0 or a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens, because they are manual focus and they won't have the over-sharpened look that many of the electronic Micro 4/3 lenses have. ( I prefer electronic Micro 4/3 lenses for photography, and manual lenses for video )

December 1, 2015 at 5:47PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

As Guy said many of these lenses won't be as wide as you'd like since the crop factor on the GH4 is pretty bad. If you get the EF mount Samyang 14mm, and then slap it on a metabones adapter you'd get a ~20mm equivalent which could help a lot, but the Metabones might bump you out of you price comfort zone. There are alternatives though, Fotasy makes a speedbooster for ~$130 that does about the same job, although we get some blueish/purple flare in the center of the lens when light beams into the lens.

Hope this helps!

December 10, 2015 at 4:17PM

Alex Everingham
Video Editor

Surely the answer is Samyang 12mm T2.2 Cine NCS CS VDSLR Lens t/2.2 for MFT? 12mm is very nice on mft but 14+ doesn't feel very wide to me. I think there is a big difference between 12mm and 14mm. Olympus also have a 12mm of course.

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