June 9, 2015 at 8:18PM, Edited June 9, 8:28PM

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The best lens to use with GH4?

I have GH4 and I'm planning on getting the Metabones Speedbooster EF to M43. I can't really decide which lens to get with it. Since I can afford only one lens at the moment, I want the best option out there for less than 1000$. I have my eye on the Sigma 18-35 f 1.8 zoom lens but it does not have OS. I'm searching for a zoom lens that is very sharp and has Image Stabilization.

Sigma 24-105 comes with OS and is sharp but not very fast at f4.0 and 24mm on GH4 might not be wide enough for filming even with the speedbooster.

Mainly I'm looking for a lens to use for both stills and video preferably with constant aperture .

Btw, does the speedbooster enables autofocusing?

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My favorite "workhorse" lens for my GH4 is the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, because it covers everything from very wide angle to medium telephoto, it's relatively fast, and it has great optical stabilization so I can easily shoot hand-held with it.

I also own the Metabones Speedbooster for Nikon G lenses, which is great for normal to telephoto lenses on my GH4, but there is no stabilization support so you have to physically stabilize your camera with a mono-pod, tripod, jib, gimbal, etc...

June 10, 2015 at 12:09PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hi,

Thanks for the replay. You said that you have Nikon to M43 speedbooster that does not support IS, however, Canon EF to M43 has IS support and that's the one I'm going for.

This lens looks like good choice for stills not so much for video because it has some aperture flicker when zooming (according to some reviews).

I'm looking for a lens to use actually with the speedbooster not a native M43 lens. I want to get that extra light and crop reduction.

Gausis

June 10, 2015 at 1:42PM

The 12-35 is a nightmare for manual focusing. I would suggest a manual lens such as the voigtländer 17:5mm f0.95

Michelle Vögel

June 12, 2015 at 11:51PM

Trust the guy! I was going to say the exact same thing. I use this lens on every shoot.

Jake the film guy Keenum

June 13, 2015 at 10:12AM

>>>You said that you have Nikon to M43 speedbooster that does not support IS, however, Canon EF to M43 has IS support and that's the one I'm going for.

I understand this, but you should realize that AF and IS compatibility with this adapter will vary for each lens. ( with some EF lenses all you have is aperture control and nothing else )

>>>This lens looks like good choice for stills not so much for video because it has some aperture flicker when zooming (according to some reviews)

Almost all electronically controlled lenses will have problems when zooming because either the aperture will "flicker" ( electronically adjusting the aperture to the correct set f-stop ) or the image will go out of focus. ( most modern photo lenses are not parfocal )

This is why live event shooters won't use DSLRs or mirrorless cameras to cover an event, they almost always use ENG style cameras with long parfocal zoom lenses that can keep focus and maintain one f-stop.

>>>I'm looking for a lens to use actually with the speedbooster not a native M43 lens. I want to get that extra light and crop reduction.

Keep in mind that with the GH4 4K crop ( 2.3x ) a 24mm lens with the Metabones Speedbooster becomes the equivalent of a...

24mm x 0.71 x 2.3 = 39mm Full Frame equivalent ( not much of a wide angle )

Sigma 24-105mm zoom = 39-171mm Full Frame equivalent

Sigma 18-35mm zoom = 29-57mm Full Frame equivalent

Panasonic 12-35mm zoom = 27-80mm Full Frame equivalent

So you can see why the Panasonic 12-35mm lens is a popular choice with GH4 users. It's a sharp lens, it's relatively fast, and it covers a wide FOV range.

June 10, 2015 at 4:27PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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And that sweet new Metabones EF to M43 XL speedbooster is also coming which will make your framing Super35 like in 4k mode.

Link if you haven't seen it yet:http://www.metabones.com/assets/a/stories/Metabones_Speed_Booster_XL_0.6...

June 12, 2015 at 5:04PM

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Tony
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One thing to be aware of with the Sigma 18-35 (even though it produces great images) - its big and front heavy on the GH4, especially with an adapter. I've found that it really picks up vibrations easily if you're using it on a slider or monopod. You can probably reduce that by mounting the camera using the adapter mount though.

June 13, 2015 at 6:51PM

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Mark Relf
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cage + lens support fixes this.

Adrian Wong-Ken

June 18, 2015 at 3:49PM

I would agree, the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is a great workhorse for the GH4 - I use this all the time for run and gun. The other lens I use a lot is the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 (not usually right at f0.95 but close) - the images look great and the shallow DOF works well when you have the time and/or control of the filming (if appropriate to the story).
If I am doing run and gun outdoors and it will be bright I will also use the Panasonic 14-140mm: not as sharp as the 12-35mm but if you need the zoom/long lens it works. well

June 14, 2015 at 1:09PM

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Thomas Dove
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