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Old August 14th, 2019, 06:42 AM   #1
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Lens choices for the BMPCC 6K

There was a discussion on a different thread concerning EF and EF-S lens choices which really belongs in this forum, so I've cut and pasted here some excellent info from Chris and Seth:

Originally Posted by Chris Hurd View Post
My pleasure, David. You will not be disappointed with the EF-S 18-135 IS nano + Power Zoom Adapter.

My fear is that Canon just did a one-off with the PZA interface, and we may never see it again on any other lens. If you ask me, they should put it on everything!

If you choose to go that route, EF-S 18-135 nano + PZA, then there is another lens that will make an ideal companion to it, and that is the EF-S 10-18mm IS.

It is a steal for $300 and it's one of the best-kept secrets in the Canon line. If the field of view was any wider, it could see in back of you. There's no noticeable barrel distortion at all; it's surprisingly rectilinear. STM for silent focus during video. And having IS on an ultra-wide is like a dream come true. The only thing that would make it better would be to add that PZA interface. The only bad thing about it is that it's a daylight lens; f/4.5 to 5.6 -- but did I mention it's only $300?


All of the booth interviews we've shot at NAB over the last couple of years have been done with an EOS 70D plus the EF-S 10-18mm. See https://www.dvinfo.net/video-report and all video clips there except the very first were shot with that lens.

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There's also my other favorite, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, lots written about that one already though.

Seth's response was to a comment I made about the PZA which Chris had mentioned. My comment was, "I want to check out the PZA at a local dealer first, because I saw a review on B&H where the guy complained that it kept falling off and he was now on his 3rd PZA. So I'm curious as to how to keep it stable and attached."

Originally Posted by Seth Bloombaum View Post
The PZA is a little tricky to attach the first few times, but based on my experience he was doing it wrong. Mine has never come close to falling off except maybe the 2nd time I used it, when I hadn't really got it attached properly.

I own these overlapping focal length lenses:
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 AF
Canon 10-18mm variable AF/IS
Canon 18-135mm variable AF/IS with Power Zoom Adapter
Canon 17-55mm f2.8 AF/IS

These lenses duplicate each other in many ways. But I have 4 lenses where I should have two, because I just can't lose the f2.8 constant aperture pair when I want better low light or shallower DoF.

Many aren't aware of the Tokina 11-16. It's solid, an early performer for DSLR video that is still making great images on EF mount.

Sorry to continue the hijack - I'm not a reader of the BM forum! But the new BMPCC 6k EF looks pretty good ;-)
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Old August 21st, 2019, 03:42 AM   #2
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Re: Lens choices for the BMPCC 6K

I went down to a local stills camera dealer and he showed me how the Power Zoom Adapter attaches and I bought it. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm arrived from B&H. It's second-hand, but seems to be in excellent condition. It didn't come with a lens bag or case, so I'll have to figure something out there. I don't have the BMPCC to attach it to yet. My video dealer is expecting the first supply in late August and I've been told I'm twelfth in line, so I hope they get in at least 15 cameras for their first delivery!

I've been checking out other lenses. I've been studying up furiously about lenses over the past two weeks. Until now, I've always used fixed lens video cameras (Sony EX1R and Z150) or, even earlier, just kept the stock lens on the camera (JVC GY-HD101E). So I'm playing a lot of catch-up right now.

At the stills camera dealer, I had a look at the EF-S 10-18mm and the sales attendant also put in a plug for the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 because it keeps a constant aperture throughout the zoom.

Now, in the ideal world, I'd like to have these two lenses:



Per the blurb, they can resolve 6K to 8K.

At first glance, the weekly rental options for these lenses looked very appealing for my project until I looked at the fine print about a minimum of 6 months hire (which would come to about $1600 for each lens).

Which brings me to my leading contender, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:


It looks, to me, like fantastic bang for the buck. It looks well-suited to my upcoming project, plus I could also use it in corporate video for talking head shots (testimonials, etc.).
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Old August 21st, 2019, 06:54 AM   #3
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Re: Lens choices for the BMPCC 6K

Great info, thanks David!

I hope the used lens you bought from B&H is the EF-S 18-135 nano USM and not the EF-S 18-135 STM.

Because the nano USM version has the PZA interface, while the STM version does not.

Looks like the Sigma 10-22 f/3.5 is only $330 at B&H:


Compared to the Canon EF-S 10-18, you'd be trading away STM silent operation plus IS for a constant aperture. Interesting dilemma there!

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Old August 21st, 2019, 07:30 AM   #4
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Re: Lens choices for the BMPCC 6K

Thanks, Chris.

Yes, I paid very careful attention to your advice and got the nano USM. On the underside, it has the notches for the PZA to attach itself to, and what appears to be some electrical contacts, plus some "teeth" for the PZA to mesh with to rotate the zoom.

The sales assistant (when I bought the PZA) told me he has the 4K BMPCC and asked me to bring in the 6K camera when I get it so he can check it out. When I do that, I'll also try both of those lenses on the camera. I am leaning towards the EF-S 10-18 at the moment though.

But I must admit I've spent most of the day fighting off the urge to impulse buy the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art Lens. Such a nice sharp lens to go with a 6K camera! (Fast too!)
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