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    Hi there,

    I bought the BMPCC mainly as a B camera and for some aerial work. I know that there are several threads about lenses but I couldn't find a good one which only focuses on wide angle lenses for BMPCC.

    For the aerial work I found the kitlens (14-45) which has pretty good center sharpness and good image stabilisation. But if you calculate you get a FOV of 42mm (compared to fullframe) which could bring too much movement into the aerial shots.
    I'm on a tight budget for my short film, that's why I'm looking for a cheap wideangle lens (no matter if its cmount / super 16/ mft).

    It's important that the lens fills the whole sensor and that it's sharp even stopped down. Of course without distortion.
    Any recommendations? Maybe around 6 to 12mm?

    My budget : 500€ would be the most I can pay.

    Thank you!

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    Hi
    I am on the same boat. looking for something between 8-12mm, light, ND friendly, manual & that is a prime lens.

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    • #3
      12mm SLR Magic comes to mind.
      -John Bauer-

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      • #4
        Also something wider?

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        • #5
          Somebody tried out this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwHP6T2LQ4M wonder if this works with ef-s lenses

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Andi1 View Post
            Somebody tried out this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwHP6T2LQ4M wonder if this works with ef-s lenses

            Done that for years with mft bodies and canon lenses, works with ef or ef-s the only downside is the hassle of carrying a body around to do it and then actually having to do that whenever you want to change the aperture. But it is do-able.

            For Aerial unless your considering the speed booster to get a wider fov from a canon lens then it would mean heavier bigger glass for no real reason... which will reduce flight time and possible push your payload above your take-off weight.... assuming your shooting from a uav?

            Otherwise sigma has an 8-16mm that could work for you?
            http://www.dalecampbellfilms.com

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            • #7
              If you don't mind an apeture speed of F4, and if you can find it for a good price, you may want to consider the Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 7-14mm F4 lens.
              My Official Blackmagic Micro Footage: https://vimeo.com/155747487

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              • #8
                The other option is getting a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 (Nikon mount) + Metabones Nikon to MFT Speed Booster - which theoretically should give you a 7.8mm - 11.4mm F2.0.
                My Official Blackmagic Micro Footage: https://vimeo.com/155747487

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                • #9
                  http://bmcuser.com/showthread.php?59...CKET-(works)-)

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                  • #10
                    I have the Sigma 8-16mm .. the Kowa 6mm 1.8 from the link looks nice .. but couldn't understand what the owner meant by "a near focus machine lens".

                    Will try out the sigma 8-16mm first and the hopefully will find the kowa 6mm sometime.. Tokina 11-16 with nikon speedbooster is about 1000€ which is too much for budget.

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                    • #11
                      It's a machine lens made to normally focus on things that are close - for industrial applications like assembly line cameras, etc. But that's all irrelevant it's basically a tiny 6mm lens that works amazingly well with almost no distortion, I have been using it a lot lately with great results on a stabilizer

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Andi1 View Post
                        Hi there,

                        I bought the BMPCC mainly as a B camera and for some aerial work. I know that there are several threads about lenses but I couldn't find a good one which only focuses on wide angle lenses for BMPCC.

                        For the aerial work I found the kitlens (14-45) which has pretty good center sharpness and good image stabilisation. But if you calculate you get a FOV of 42mm (compared to fullframe) which could bring too much movement into the aerial shots.
                        I'm on a tight budget for my short film, that's why I'm looking for a cheap wideangle lens (no matter if its cmount / super 16/ mft).

                        It's important that the lens fills the whole sensor and that it's sharp even stopped down. Of course without distortion.
                        Any recommendations? Maybe around 6 to 12mm?

                        My budget : 500 would be the most I can pay.

                        Thank you!
                        The 14-42, you mean? The image stabilization doesn't work because it needs to be activated in camera, that might be why you get too much movement. The SLR magic 12mm is a nice lens but difficult because it has lots of flaring and will need a lot of ND outside.
                        The best I've found so far in your range is the panny 14-140 that has the image stabilization switch. It's still not that wide but the IS helps cut out some of the shakes.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for the information kazkioken! But it still focuses to infinity and is sharp right?

                          @ Tim Joy: No, I meant the 14-45 by panasonic.. it has a physical switch for IS .. so it will work ( I saw a youtube test)

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                          • #14
                            Yes, go to vimeo and search for Kowa lm6hc I have some examples there

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                            • #15
                              yes I saw you're video.. fanstastic.. You said something that you just can stop down to f11.. could be a problem with aerial filming.. as you said, there isn't a good possibility to put an ND and the lens

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