Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

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TomWhitwell

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Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 5:04 pm

Was wondering if anyone has used this lens on the pocket camera. I'm looking for a small travel lens that will work with the BMPCC and my Oly EM-1. I currently have the Pany 14mm and 25mm. They work ok. I also have the Oly 12-40 f2.8, which is a heavy beast. I want a small zoom but I am concerned about auto focus working on the pocket. If it's like the 14 and 25 it will probably work.
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 6:15 pm

I would give this lens a miss, the lens is primarily a still camera kit lens, soft image quality, poor zoom response, and slow to auto focus. While it will work with the Pocket Camera, performance will be about the same as the Panny lenses you already have, or a little slower. The big issue I see, is with its slow max f/stop f/3.5 that very quickly stops down to f/5.6 when you zoom out, it will be primarily an outdoor lens. No image stabilization, so hard to hold bast 18mm (about the same as the PL 25mm, hard to get non shaky video), and with its small 37mm filter ring, you will have a hard time using good ND or IR cut filters with it.

A much better option for a good quality, but fairly compact zoom are the Panasonic 12-35 (better zoom range for the Pocket Camera than 14-42) which has a nice wide shot at 12mm, constant f/2.8 f/stop, and a larger filter ring size, which is easier to adapt to good filters.

Another option is the new Panny Leica 12-60 f/2.8-4 Zoom, a littler linger than the 12-35, but about the same weight (not heavy or awkward), extends the zoom range to 60mm, and is the lens I have chosen to use on the Micro cameras. This zoom was designed for video work andhas the fastes focus (out, dead quiet motor on both zoom and focus), while larger, it is still light for a long range zoom, and easy to hold on to. Zoom is also nice and smooth, and it will hold the focus while changing the zoom focal/length (it is parfocal).
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Daniel Bănică

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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 8:57 pm

Try sigma 17-50 f 2.8 is you have metabones speedbooster
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 9:30 pm

Daniel, the Tom was looking for small and light, native MFT zoom lens, not large and heavy, with the Sigma weighing in at 1.5+ lbs and a 77/80mm front ring size. Otherwise the Sigma is a nice lens, but a bit overkill on a Pocket camera.
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 10:23 pm

Denny Smith wrote:Daniel, the Tom was looking for small and light, native MFT zoom lens, not large and heavy, with the Sigma weighing in at 1.5+ lbs and a 77/80mm front ring size. Otherwise the Sigma is a nice lens, but a bit overkill on a Pocket camera.
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostFri Jan 19, 2018 6:35 am

No worries, have a grand weekend Daniel.
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostFri Jan 19, 2018 4:43 pm

Tom, I use the 14-42 kit lens on the BMPCC when I travel. It's very convenient and an okay lens. It does work for me since the shoots I do were family vacation stuff and outdoor scenery with it. It works better on my GH5 since I can shoot at higher ISO indoors and stabilization is handled well by the GH5.
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Re: Panasonic 14-42 lens on BMPCC

PostSat Jan 20, 2018 2:34 am

I had for a while the Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm PZ on my micro cinema and it worked fine so I'd image it to work on the pocket. Has power OIS (when recording only) which was a nice feature to use when handheld.

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