I will admit that I’m a bit of a gear collector. (OK, I’m a HUGE gear collector!) When something new is announced, I’ll look into it, and if I like it, start obsessing about it! Sad, I know. Some people will be addicted to mind-altering substances… I’m addicted to new gear!
I am trying my best to wean myself off of this habit. It’s a difficult and slow journey, but I’m making progress, I think. My topic today is lenses. I’m looking to add to my lens kit with something more than the basic zooms I’ve acquired over the years. I mainly shoot with the Panasonic GH4, a micro 4/3 (MFT) format system. I do have in my kit a Metabones Speedbooster Ultra (0.71) EF-MFT adapter which allows me to use my one Rokinon 35mm f1.4 prime lens (photo style and declicked) and my one Canon 24-105 f4 zoom lens. In addition, I have two Panasonic Leica 12-35 f2.8 Vario lenses (one for each of my 2 GH4’s). The 12-35 makes a great walk around lens and an adequate lens for video interviews and such, but for video/film work, I want something with more control.
So a number of questions come to the fore:
- Do I buy MFT mount or EF mount lenses (using the Speedbooster)?
- Do I need a full set of primes or will one or two do the job?
- Do I go for the cheap lenses or get “spendy wit it”? (There is a limit to funds, tho…)
- What am I missing?
I know that there are pros and cons of each type of lens and I cannot buy one of each to have on hand. I also know that the lenses one uses should be reflective of the project. Would I truly need a full set of primes for a simple interview? Can I shoot a narrative film using just the 24-105? I mean, anything is possible, but what’s the “best” answer taking all of these things into consideration?
I’m doing research now and I’ll post my findings as I discover them! Please contact me if you have any input you’d like to share! My email is simply “Bob” @ this website!