Now that I have finalized the type of camera I plan to purchase, I can finally start looking at building my lens collection. As outlined in my last post, I decided to purchase the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT with the Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount. Since the BMCC MFT has a passive mount, I will be limited to only manual lenses. Truth be told, my personal preference is manual lenses. This goes back to my days in college where I learned the most from manually doing things. So my thinking is the only real way to master focusing is to do it manually. Getting back to the topic at hand, I’ll be the first to admit that the MFT mount do not have a large number of lenses or lens manufactures. What they’re missing in quantity of manufactures they make up with the quality of the glass! The only real goal beyond selecting quality glass was picking four or five lenses that I could use in most shooting situations. SLR Magic and Voigtlander make some of the fastest primes on the market so my selection consists of the following.
- SLR Magic 12mm T1.6
- Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95
- SLR Magic 25mm T0.95
- SLR Magic 35mm F0.95
- SLR Magic 50mm F0.95
While I will not go into detail on each lens, the five lenses listed above will allow me to capture the critical wide, medium, and close up shots. A lens collection this diverse also provide the flexibility to go in-between the three primarily shots. Since some of the lenses cost upwards of a thousand dollars, I will slowly build up my collection one lens at a time. The first lens that I will purchase is the SLR Magic 12mm T1.6. In the event that I need a specific lens for a specifics shot then I’ll rent. There are a number of great online lens rental shops. There you have it! With NAB 2013 just around the corner, I’m hoping Blackmagic Design will announce some traction on shipping the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT. I need to hear something because I’m anxious to order my first lens. HOW EXCITING!!!