November 23, 2014 at 3:55PM


Lens and Audio

Hello there! Some coworkers and I are currently working on our first film series. We are very excited to start production, that being said we want to do it right!
In terms of lenses, I currently have a 14-140mm/F3.5-5.6 G Vario attached to a Panasonic Lumix GH4. It being our first time using this camera, should there be any other lenses we should use for an episodic series?
With sound we currently have a NTG-2 Shotgun Boom mic and a Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder. What are some other microphones we could use during production?
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


As for the audio side, I recently found a handy site that breaks down each part of what's needed for good indie filmmaking sound. The microphones they recommend are as follows:

Audio Technica AT897
Oktava MK-012
Audio-Technica AT4053
Sennheiser MKH-416
Sennheiser MKH-50
Sanken CS-3e
Neumann KMR82i

For a detailed explanation of why they choose each of those Mics, I recommend checking out their site -

November 23, 2014 at 6:25PM

Craig Anthony Perkins
Composer • Filmmaker • Photographer • Sound Designer

The Lumix 14-140mm lens is a good all around lens, but it's a bit on the slow side which means you will have to have lights for your low-light shots.

I would also look at buying a Metabones SpeedBooster adapter for Nikon F/G lenses, which costs about $400 and start out with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens that you can find used for $150 or less. When combined with the SpeedBooster this Nikon lens becomes a 35mm f/1.0 lens that is great for medium close-ups, especially when you want to blur-out the background in your shot. ( I bought 8 used Nikon AI-S lenses this year after trying out the Metabones SpeedBooster because the video image was fantastic )

November 23, 2014 at 8:55PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I would listen to Guy. From what I've seen from him, he's one of the best posters on this board and he seems to really know his stuff.

However, if you're a cheapskate like me, don't forget about other vintage lenses. I just picked up 3 Olympus OM mount lenses and an adapter for less than $100. They're in great shape and are more than adequate. So you can have 3 primes (28mm, 35mm, 50mm) for a quarter of the price a SpeedBooster costs.

I also have an NTG-2 and it gets the job done. Not a bad microphone at all.

November 24, 2014 at 7:00AM

Paul Gall
Writer / Director / Editor

Hello! I often see people talking about vintage lenses. Where do people get these vintage lenses? Any leads on reputable dealers would be appreciated. Thank you!

Harlan Rumjahn

May 27, 2015 at 3:17PM

Thanks so much for all the help and comments! It means a lot!

December 1, 2014 at 12:17PM

DiMaggio Orozco
Director/ Writer

Perhaps something like the Rode NT5 for indoor shooting? Also a Blimp comes in real handy in the windy outdoor situations. A recent article on here actually covers different microphones/setups quite nicely.

I'd strongly recommend lenses from Voigtländer if it's within your budget, but if not, there are plenty of alternatives. I have their 25mm and 17.5mm f0.95 lenses, and they're great to use, though getting the hang of the all-manual aspect can take a bit of time.

Do you have some form of shoulder mount? You can build one fairly cheap from various parts nowadays, and they're invaluable for the handheld style (if that's what you're going for!)

Good luck!

January 17, 2015 at 7:03PM

Finn OConnor

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