January 7, 2015 at 6:40PM


The correct lens

Hello all!
I currently am using a Panasonic Lumix GH4 to shoot our first short film. I know a proper lens can make or brake a film so I am looking for any suggestions (preferably Panasonic lenses seeing at adapters can be pricey). Any help will be appreciated! Thanks so much!


Well you looking into the MFT system... at at that Crop you are going to need a all rounder lens. You could Get a 19mm MFT lens... a 12MM as well and maybe a 35mm lens
The Preferred brands would perhaps be Sigma, Rokinon or the same Panasonic. if you are brave to make the traverse into the vintage lens arena then you can get lens way cheaper than the brands i listed.

January 7, 2015 at 9:52PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

If you don't own any lenses right now, then I would recommend first getting a kit lens ( 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Mk II, 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6, 12-35mm f/2.8 ) to have coverage of a very useful focal length range and to have an optically stabilized lens for hand-held shots.

After this I would get a short telephoto for close-up shots, like one of these lenses...
- Olympus 45mm f/1.8 ( $350 )
- Metabones Nikon G adapter ( $130 : this is NOT the expensive SpeedBooster adapter ) and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens ( about $150 used )

Beyond these two lenses, if you can afford it you might want to look into buying a normal or wide prime lens for lower light work. The lenses I would look are...

- Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 Wide ( $410 )
- Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 Wide ( $310 )
- Lumix 15mm f/1.7 Wide ( $550 )
- Samyang 16mm f/2.0 Wide ( $340 )
- Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Wide ( $500 )
- Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Normal ( $400 )

January 8, 2015 at 2:29PM, Edited January 8, 2:29PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

You don't necessarily need panasonic lenses to avoid having to get an adaptor, you just need something with an Micro four thirds mount.

Voigtlander lenses have an MFT mount option. We rented some of these for a student project shot on a GH4. They open to F .09 (i.e. more open that F1) which is crazy awesome. http://www.borrowlenses.com/product/Voigtlander-Nokton-175mm-f095-for-Mi...

If you are able to go pricey, there are CP2s that come with a MFT mount built into them. http://www.borrowlenses.com/product/Zeiss-Compact-Prime-CP2-28mmT21-Micr... I've heard these are really good but never actually used one.

January 9, 2015 at 4:56PM

JH Sprenkle

I can highly recomend the Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95
Not the cheapest lens but probably the best, most cinematic lens I have ever used.
With the low F stop it´s easy to get a shallow depth of field and it´s great when working in darker scenes.

January 10, 2015 at 12:47AM

Robin Pagmar
Art Director, Director of Photography

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