April 10, 2018 at 4:19PM

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(Relatively) Inexpensive Long-range Parfocal Cine Zoom Lenses for m4/3?

These seem to be the only options for me:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1280873-REG/sony_selp18110g_e_mou...

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1246187-REG/canon_1714c002_cn_e_1...

I find the Sony lens's zoom range the most intriguing, but I don't think I can use an E-Mount lens on a M4/3 camera body. Are there vintage lens options I'm missing? I'm specifically thinking about a cinema parfocal zoom lens that would play nicely with the new BMPCC 4k.

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The Fujinon MK lenses can be altered to have a MFT mount instead of the E-mount.
They are really really great lenses, albeit not inexpensive.

I wonder if the same is possible with the Sony lens, but it would probably cost the electronic function if you did.

April 16, 2018 at 6:50AM, Edited April 16, 6:52AM

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Torben Greve
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I tried doing the same, but my experience of using vintage lenses (e.g. using a Speedbooster adapter or plain adapter) is not good. The problem I found is that they are just not sharp enough for 4K work (at least, the ones I tried). Testing them, the best I could get was adequate for HD work but not 4K. You may want that 'vintage look' but if you have sharp lens it is much easier to dial down the sharpness in post; if the sharpness is not there in the first place then sharpening in post always looks artificial to me.

April 18, 2018 at 6:47AM

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Thomas Dove
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