September 26, 2017 at 11:39PM


micro four thirds lens question again

I shoot on a BMPCC with vintage glass, and have been trying to find something that doesn't constantly vignette --

If I could only afford one lens, should I get:
Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7
Panasonic Leica 12-35mm f/2.8

I like that the 15mm has manual focus, a manual aperture ring, and is fast.

I like how the zoom covers a lot of ground and features image stabilization. I'm worried that it's too slow.

In my previous experience, I've never known how to make zooms work for me, but I like how they look in certain films.


Honestly speaking, if you are shooting 24fps at 180 degree shutter and f2.8 doesn't get enough light to the sensor, you need to use more light! There is something to be said for coaxing a shallower depth of field from a semi-wide lens, and the 15mm has the edge in that. But generally speaking, if it's light you need, use light! Well-lit scenes tend to look better (and tell stories far better) than scenes that only use available light and compensate by using large aperture lenses and/or see-in-the-dark sensors.

September 27, 2017 at 1:57AM, Edited September 27, 1:57AM


I'm with you. I definitely light my scenes! Just saying that if I'm using a zoom lens in a run/gun setting, I'd like the option to capture a little of that ~ cinema verite.

Have you used the zoom lens? How annoying is the electronic aperture? How is the manual zoom? Can I manually zoom/focus while also utilizing OIS?

September 27, 2017 at 8:23AM

Alex Phillips

A fast aperture is extremely important with the bmpcc because of it's small sensor. It's not m/43s it's actually super 16 so that wider aperture will help you achieve the depth of field and look of a larger sensor.

September 29, 2017 at 7:05AM

Josef Lorenzo

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