This week at NAB, Blackmagic announced the release of it’s new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (which looks awesome, read blog here). The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera works with the Micro Four Thirds lens system, and if the release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (Staring at only $995) has sparked some interest in you as it has me, it’s good to take a look at available lenses to get a full grasp on what you’re working with.
If you’re not familiar with the Micro Four Thirds lens system, basically it’s constructed to have the same sensor size specification as the DSLR Four Thirds lens system, but it has left no room for a mirror or pentaprism found in DSLR cameras. Since there is no mirror or pentaprism, most cameras that use the Micro Four Thirds lens system will have a very small sleek body, not unlike the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera!
Recently, Cameralabs.com did a round up of what they believe to be the best Micro Four Thirds lenses available on the market. I’m pleased to find that there is a variety of focal lengths available, and price wise they are very comparable to DSLR lens prices.
Camera Lab’s “best of” Micro Four Thirds Lenses include:
-Samyang / Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 UMC Fisheye ($274)
-Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f4 ($959)
-Olympus M Zuiko Digital 9-18mm ($599)
-Olympus M Zuiko Digital 12mm ($799)
-Panasonic Lumix G X 12-35mm
-Panasonic Lumix G X 14-42mm ($340)
-Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 ($399)
-Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f1.4
-Olympus M Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 ($400)
-Olympus M Zuiko Digital 60mm f2.8 ($500)
-Olympus M Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8 ($899)
-Panasonic’s Lumix G 45-200mm f4-5.6 ($269)
-Panasonic Lumix G 100-300mm f4-5.6