September 9, 2014 at 8:30AM

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Micro 4/3

Hey guys. I just recently moved into the M43 world and have a few questions.

If I'm just starting with lenses, what should I buy? I've been using my Nikon glass, but I kind of want to get some native M43 lenses (since I still use my D5100 for stuff). Are the Samyang/Rokinon/Bower the best for the price? Also, is the Cine lens from them worth the extra money? As a low budget guy, I don't know if I can justify the extra money just for a declicked aperture ring and gears for the focus ring.

Feel free to give other suggestions on fairly low priced lenses. I'm looking for a pretty wide angle, too. Because right now the widest angle I have is my Nikon 35mm. I may or may not have dropped the Lumix kit lens the day I got it. And yeah...

Anywho. What do you all think?

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My Rokinon 35mm 1.4 is pretty badass. But careful, remember this would be like a 70mm on a micro 4/3.

All my videos are shot with Rokinon 35mm, 1.4 https://vimeo.com/user14043949/videos

September 9, 2014 at 10:33AM

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Tommy Plesky
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I really like the couple videos I saw. I love your editing. You're using a GH4?

September 9, 2014 at 1:24PM

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Paul Gall
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Hi Paul,

I collected M43 glass (and other stuff that will fit with adapters) for the past year for a feature. I've just shot it on a BMPCC, and probably used less than half the lenses I'd bought. I have a GH3 too, but the BMPCC has a slightly higher crop factor (around x3), which slightly changed the lenses I needed (particularly at the wide end). Based on that, my most useful lenses have been:

MAIN LENSES:
- Kowa LM8HC C-Mount 8mm (its mount needs modding in order to allow it to focus on M43 cameras, but that's cheap to get done).
- SLR Magic 12mm M43.
- Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm M43

OCCASIONAL LENSES
- Angenieux 12-120 Arri B Mount (also available in C-mount, which is more convenient)
- Pentacon 300 M42 (used in conjunction with an adapter)
- Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm M43

I've got a load of screengrabs of shots taken with those lenses at www.facebook.com/dsrmovie (the colour ones are screengrabs, the b&w are production stills) - the vast majority are probably from the SLR magic, but there's a bit of everything in there.

September 14, 2014 at 1:37AM

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Alex Richardson
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Hi Alex,

What do you think about the quality of that Kowa 8mm that you bought? I thought about doing that, but the whole modding issue sounded kind of shifty to me, like maybe something could easily go wrong.

But if yours went right, can you comment on the quality of the glass? For example, do you get distortion at that wide focal length on the BMPCC? I have just a 15mm Lumix lens, and am buying a new lens because I notice distortion in the image (i.e. straight lines are bowed outward near the edges).

Thanks!

May 30, 2015 at 1:28AM

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Harlan Rumjahn
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The Metabones SpeedBooster turns your Micro 4/3 camera into the equivalent of a Super35 camera, and makes older lenses like the Nikon AI-S range really shine with this format.

I would only look at native Micro 4/3 lenses for wide-angle or for still-photo shoots where AF can make a big difference.

September 23, 2014 at 7:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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If your budget is super broke, check out Mattias Burling's channel on youtube. He goes through how you can repurpose old lenses (for dirt cheap too, as in a couple dozen dollars) for select M4/3 cameras, such as the BMPCC. Some of the info there might be applicable to other M4/3 cams. https://www.youtube.com/user/mattiasburling

September 27, 2014 at 9:09PM

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Olympus 45mm 1.8 is awesome. Got one used in perfect condition for £109 ($150) the other day. Mght get the Panny 20mm 1.7 next which might be even cheaper. Generally the Panny kit lenses are very good for cheap zooms.

September 2, 2016 at 12:34PM

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Uscenes
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