March 24, 2016 at 2:20PM


Lens Mount?

What is the best option to go with for lens mounts? Right now I have a Nikon with the F mount, but I do not want to continue to buy lenses if it would make more sense to go with a Canon mount system. Which mount should I invest in with my lenses? I know F mounts are not too popular for cinematography, and I do not want to use adapters.


Well Canon and Nikon are, that's what I think, the best options for lenses.
Nikon has the big advantage that it's flange distance is the biggest in the Full Frame world (or at least the biggest of the common used). You can even mount a Nikon lens to a Canon camera.
But I really think it makes more sense to go with Canon. There are more adaptor options and also cameras from companies which do not produce lenses (like RED or BlackMagic) go mostly with Canon EF mount next to PL and MFT for smaller sensor sizes.
I use Canon Lenses for years now and they hold what they promise. Never got a lens damaged or defective.
Also Nikon only builds DSLR type cameras. They are not entering the film and video market in the next years as you can see from their present course. As I think Nikon is the most conservative camera building company.
However, Canon is also very conservative but they have a cinema line of cameras which you maybe want to use in the next years. Or just their DSLR type cameras. Either way in this case it's good to have some native glass in front of your camera.
There is a variaty of adaptor for canon mount to many different camera mounts (MFT, E, Leica, etc.). But not realy a good adapting solution for Nikon mount.
And last but not least: There is barely a camera not produced by Nikon which uses to have a Nikon mount. So you wouldn't use your glass natively very often if you decide for Nikon. And adapting Nikon to a Canon mount is very complicated because their both flange distances distinguish from each other only by 2.5mm which doesn't leave much space for any adaptor.
Hope I could help you with your issue.

March 25, 2016 at 6:55AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Nikon lenses mount on a wider range of cameras and are fully manual lenses, so camera adapters are less expensive. Nikon lenses function a lot like the Samyang/Rokinon lenses. ( fully manual with no electronic control )

But many higher-end cine cameras have electronic Canon EF mounts, so that the cine camera can control aperture and sometimes focus all by itself.

Your camera choice and how you like to shoot is probably going to dictate which lens system you will want to shoot with. Right now I'm mainly using Nikon AI-S lenses because they were cheaper to buy and there really is no advantage to using Canon EF lenses with the Panasonic GH4. At some point I will upgrade my cameras, and depending on which camera I go with I might add a few Canon EF lenses to use with my Nikon lenses.

March 25, 2016 at 12:08PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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