November 28, 2014 at 1:20PM

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Native micro four thirds lenses, or metabones speedbooster?

I'm going to be purchasing the GH4 sometime in the near feature, and I'm having a lot of trouble deciding if I should go and buy some micro four thirds mounted lenses, or I should go and purchase a metabones speedbooster for some nice canon glass.

If it helps, I shoot mostly architectural videos, and short films.

Thanks, Alex

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I use both. ( Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8, and eight Nikon AI-S lenses with a SpeedBooster )

If you shoot architectural work you will probably want something wide, so I would start with the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom. It's a sharp lens with a very useful focal range.

Next I would buy a SpeedBooster and some good quality legacy lenses. I prefer the Nikon AI-S to Canon EF because the aperture control is fully manual so the Nikon lenses will work with almost any camera.

November 29, 2014 at 12:41PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for your reply, I was thinking about purchasing some prime lenses. My budget is definitely an issue, Either I can buy a speedbooster and a nice lens, Or I can get two Lumix lenses. What would your take be on that?

Alex Kaldeway

November 29, 2014 at 10:34PM

I've shot Canon EF glass for a number of years. Recently purchased a BMPCC after researching and talking with people about them for about six months. Of course it depends on what you're shooting with the BMPCC, but I'd say if you have good lenses that you know and love that the meta-bones seems to be the way to go. I've rented a number of the different micro 4/3rds lenses and most are underwhelming in comparison to the EF lenses I own and use. (and there is a price and build quality difference to consider certainly.) Personally I've decide to go the route of finding quality older lenses and go the basic adapter route with them.

November 30, 2014 at 7:25PM

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Einar Johnson
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>>>My budget is definitely an issue, Either I can buy a speedbooster and a nice lens, Or I can get two Lumix lenses. What would your take be on that?

I would buy the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom and regular Metabones Nikon G adapter. ( NOT the SpeedBooster adapter )

Metabones Nikon G Lens to Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Adapter : $139
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002612-REG/metabones_mb_nfg_m43_b...

So you have the range of focal lengths the Lumix 12-35mm offers and it's optically stabilized so hand-held is a breeze. This is a good "workhorse" lens.

The non-SpeedBooster adapter is a lot cheaper to buy, but still gives you access to the wide range of high quality legacy Nikon glass. It also offers step-less aperture control which is better for video work. ( the Metabones Nikon F adapter does not have this stepless aperture feature and is $40 cheaper )

December 2, 2014 at 2:53PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for all the help, I think I have decided to go with the adapter, just not the SpeedBooster version.

December 3, 2014 at 4:02PM

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Alex Kaldeway
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I use a lot of Nikon/Nikkor glass with the Speedbooster with my GH4, I like the combo for the most part, but the widest lens I have is 20mm. I might grab a 12-35mm or a Tokina 11-16 lens just to have for super wide stuff.

December 4, 2014 at 8:32PM, Edited December 4, 8:32PM

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Kyle Lowe
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