View Full Version : Looking for wide non-fisheye lens for BMPCC with Speed Booster

Simon Shasha
10-22-2014, 02:11 PM
Hey guys,

I'm looking for a wide non-fisheye lens to go with my BMPCC and BMPCC specific Speed Booster (the x0.58 version).

I currently have the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8, and love it on my BMPCC with the Speed Booster, but I'm looking to go wider.

What do you guys think of the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8? How's the distortion (which is my main concern)?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated - thanks! :)

10-22-2014, 03:10 PM
What do you guys think of the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8? How's the distortion (which is my main concern)?

It's been recommended numerous times.

Yep and for shits and giggles if you want crazy wide pick up a Tokina 11-16. It matches pretty easily and they are darn cheap these days. The SP seems to improve the performance of the Tokina 11-16 on smaller sensors.

I don't have it but may get it down the road. I'm actually interested in the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS. It's slow and needs a five second modification, but it has IS and only costs $300.

Adam Roberts
10-22-2014, 03:41 PM
I have the Tokina 11-16 and it's pretty good. They can have infinity focus issues so if you buy one make sure it's from a reputable dealer that you can get it exchanged.

Another option is the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6. It's slow but the Speed Booster will help here. It's also very sharp.

10-22-2014, 04:05 PM
I've also been enjoying using my old Tokina 12-24 f4 on the BMPCC SB. These can be picked up for around $300 (mk1) to $400 (mk2) used. It's not as fast as the 11-16mm, and doesn't get that extra 1mm (though the extra length can also be handy when you need to grab a quick normal shot but don't have time to switch lenses). No infinity focus problems for me and the lens has a pretty great sweet spot starting around 15mm @ 5.6.

10-22-2014, 05:55 PM
I picked up a nice Tokina 12-24mm f4 and use it on that model speedbooster. At 12 it's nice and wide with very little barrel distortion at all. I like the added range of 12-24 instead of the 11-16. The Speedbooster balances out the loss of a stop of light from the 11-16's f2.8 to the 12-24's f4. The 12-24 is also about $150 less expensive than the 11-16. You can't get them new anymore as it looks like Tokina stopped making them.

Steve Wake
10-22-2014, 06:52 PM
If you use F-mount also consider the Nikkor 12-24 f/4 Less CA and better contrast than the Tokinas suggested. Or even the 14-24 f2.8, though it's not nearly as wide as a 11 or 12, much bigger, heavier, and more expensive.

Distortion is one thing that reviews are pretty good at measuring objectively. I like http://www.lenstip.com and http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/overview

10-22-2014, 07:20 PM
Wish I still had my Tok 12-24. That was a damn nice lens for the price, just a tad slow. Sold it way before any boosters ever cam out.

Simon Shasha
10-23-2014, 05:07 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions!

It's definitely down to the Tokina 11-16mm vs 12-24mm. Think I'm leaning more towards the 11-16mm though. Would love the Nikon 12-24, but just can't afford it at the moment.

Hopefully I can take my BMPCC + SB up to a store today and give the Tokina 11-16mm a go :)

10-23-2014, 05:13 PM
Those 11-16s go as low as $300 used these days. Buy it from Ebay via Paypal and if it's a dud, you can always return it, no matter what the auction says :)

10-27-2014, 08:05 AM
Note that Tokina announced a new 11-20mm f/2.8 at this year's Photokina. However, I haven't seen any reviews or pricing yet.

10-27-2014, 08:10 AM
I think Kowa Prominar 8.5mm and old Kinoptik Tegea 5.7mm will be the best choices. I have no love with Tokina 11-16, too much moire and soft corners with SB.

10-27-2014, 11:04 AM
I'd also throw in my lot for the 11-16, even though I should it to a forumite, it served its purpose well, and it can be used with filters too, something that a lot of ultra-wides can't do.

Also, the infinity focus issue was ONLY on the Canon EF BMCC + the canon mount Tokina, as a result of variances in their tolerances. If you're using the nikon Tokina, you'll have no problems.

10-27-2014, 11:17 AM
We have had 2 - 11-16s. I had Duclos do a partial mod on one of them and then sold the other. Just a great lens.

10-27-2014, 01:26 PM
I use the 16-35 2.8 L, it's pricey, but nice and wide (at least on the BMPC).

10-27-2014, 11:54 PM
We also have the the 16-35 2.8L. I have shot them side by side shooting landscapes. Wide open I feel the Tokina is sharper but in real world video usage... it is not enough to matter. The build on the 16-35L is great but for the price the Tokina takes it. I would recommend renting it for a test drive.