November 19, 2014 at 9:22PM

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Getting a BMPCC... Should I get new lenses or adapt my Canon ones?

So I'm selling my Canon T2i and getting a BMPCC. I currently have the Canon 50 f1.8, a Nikkor 28 f2.8 and a Tokina 17 f3.5 as the lenses I use on the T2i. I am wondering if I would be better off keeping my current lenses and adapting them to MFT or should I sell them and buy some MFT lenses? My two main concerns are the price it would cost me to get new lenses and obviously the image quality of those lenses. Also if I bought new lenses I would like to have a considerable range of focal lengths, at least wide, medium, and medium close (similar to what the 17, 28, and 50 give me now). I hope my question was clear... Any help is appreciated. Feel free to make lens suggestions.

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I think you should keep your lenses and add to them.

November 19, 2014 at 10:49PM, Edited November 19, 10:49PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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I agree with Michael, keep your lenses and buy an EF to Micro 4/3 adapter ( assuming your lenses are all Canon EF mount ) ...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ns=p_PRICE_2%7c0&ci=3420&setNs=p_PR...

One thing to keep in mind is that you won't be able to adjust the aperture of your Canon EF lenses unless you go for the expensive Metabones EF adapters that start at $400 and go up from there. ( $600 for the SpeedBooster model )

Otherwise, I would sell your current lenses and go with lenses with manual aperture adjustment like most of the new and old Nikon lenses. ( I use Nikon AI-S lenses for "normal" to telephoto shots, and native M4/3 lenses for any wide-angle work. New Nikon lenses need a Nikon G mount adapter like the Metabones adapters which work for both new Nikon G mount and the older Nikon F mount lenses. )

November 24, 2014 at 12:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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If they are EF Lenses then Go for a Lens adapter, then again, if you are selling your your canon camera to go straight BMPCC then you could sell them and go with some Rokinon cine lenses and/or some Samyang lenses as well. but it depends. I Use my canon glass on my BMPCC without any electronic iris control because i'm not going to buy that over priced metabones speedbooster.... thats just me anyways.

November 25, 2014 at 2:44AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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Given that you're swapping a stills/video camera for a purely video one I would advocate making the switch to lenses that are better suited to that purpose. And I would seriously consider the Veydra m43 primes that have just been announced. Superb build quality, colour matched, lovely lovely lenses all round and really not that expensive. In that scenario your lenses are your big purchase and you simply upgrade the body as and when the time comes. The BMPCC is so cheap anyway that you're in great shape that way. Blackmagic look to have committed a good ten years or so to cameras so we can fully expect a second gen BMPCC at some point. With those lenses you'd have a wonderful package for an incredibly low cost.

November 25, 2014 at 4:55AM

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Robin Schmidt
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Regardless of what you do, pick up a panasonic 12-35mm fixed f2.8 (with OIS) lens and a good variable ND filter. Both will set you back at a little over a grand total (for both, together). It's worth the investment - I absolutely love the combo with my BMPCC.

November 25, 2014 at 9:46AM

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