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Panasonic 12mm f1.4 vs 12-35mm vs 12-60 vs 8-18mm @ 12mm on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k

For the longest time I have wanted to test out and compare the Panasonic Leica 12mm f1.4 against the Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8, the Panasonic Leica 12-60mm f2.8 and Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4.0 at 12mm. In this video I do that!
I test the different lenses at 12mm and see how they compare and if there it is a good idea to get the dedicated 12mm lens over the zooms.

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Panasonic Leica 12mm f1.4
Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5 f1.2
Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4.0
Panasonic Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4.0
Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f2.8
Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Olympus 40-150 f2.8
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Veydra Mini Premie 85mm Sony E-mount
Sigma 18-35mm f1.8
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28 thoughts on “Panasonic 12mm f1.4 vs 12-35mm vs 12-60 vs 8-18mm @ 12mm on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k

  1. from what ive seen the look of the 12mm seems to be pretty interesting idk how to explain it but almost every time i see someone using it especially in a situation recording themselves it looks super cool

  2. With the panasonic 12-35 at bmpcc 4k i have noticed that parallel lines are not parallel. Have you noticed that too? Would the problem disappear with a speedbuster? Do you correct it in davinci studio? Anyone here who can help? 🙂

  3. you have used different lenses, the same mm and different apertures, why you haven't set the same apertures? for example f3.5 or f2.8.

  4. Can somebody tell me whether is it difficult to remove lens distortion during postproduction. I know how to do it lightroom, in stills mode. But what about Final Cut or Premiere in video mode?

  5. Thanks Arber! I have been thinking now for a while that this might be the best performing wide angle lens for low light use. It was so great to see that you gave us a performance review and some samples and comparisons. I am filming cars at a drag strip race track (and while they are parked and being worked on) and I purchased the Laowa 7.5mm F2, but 12 mm seems to be just wide enough in the tight spaces for what I am doing too. I have the 12-60 f 3.5 kit lens which in all honesty is fine for day use in the sun, but for night time with a Gh5 it is not bright enough. The Laowa 7.5 at f/2 is barely enough to work with at night with a gh5 so I have had my eyes on this f1.4 12mm Panasonic leica lens. Thanks again, for allllll your micro 4/3ds videos! Have a good one Arber !
    If anyone is bored enough to see my 1st day at the track shot on a gx85 with kit lens, search for "Team Toaster at Vegas" here on youtube. Cheers everyone!

  6. Good test.. But the 12/1.4 shot of the padlock shows a lot of Chromatic aberration on the r/h/ side the gate), yet the 12-35 looks cleaner 🙂 (?)

  7. At the moment I'm using Samyang / Rokinon primes (8mm 3.5, 10mm 2.0 , 16mm 2.0 and 35mm 1.4 85mm 1.4) and a Voigtlander 25mm 0.95. Finding a great lens for interviews using the BMPCC and now BMPCC4K has been a quest for me. I think the Voigtlander and the 16mm Rokinon are clear winners, but I'm tempted to go Leica zooms for several reasons (stabilisation, linked with owning a G9 as well for handheld) and the covering everything in 2 or 3 lenses (8-18, 12-35, 35-100). Imagine having the BMPCC4k and G9 and only 3 lenses between the 2… just sounds like a much more sensible option. But, then, cinematic prime lenses do give more care in front of the client… decision decisions!

  8. I shoot mostly outdoors so I like wide! I'm with you Arger, the 12mm f1.4 is a great lens… but is it worth the price point is the main question. I guess if I had all the lenses that you have herein or the not yet released 10-25 f1.7, and money wasn't an issue, the answer would be YES! However, for the extra stop or 2 of light, I don't see it. I own a Rokinon 7.5 cine T2.2, small & light, great colour, which is very good at its price point, and the 14-140 f3.5 and a 40 -150 f2.8. I am looking for a third option!! Most of all for a wide angle I think a 10 to 12mm prime would be a better choice! Possibly the Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Lens. Built like a tank, easy focusing, minimal distortion, sharp, creamy bokeh, while never have to worry about low light or night shoots again.

  9. The 12mm f1.4 is the next lens on my list.
    If you want a Macro lens then you should look at the Leica DG Macro -Elmarit f2.8 45mm which also works for Portraiture.

  10. Love the bokeh/ blur of the lumix 12-35 compared to all the lenses. I personally own that lens for my Bmpcc4k and it’s clean 👌🏻 great content

  11. In a couple on months, Panasonic will bring the new 10-35 parafocal Leica lens and by the specs, it should be awesome. hope you will review and compare with the Sigma 18-35 1.8.

  12. Great video Thanks, Got a couple of questions:

    1- what do you think of the sigma 18-35 continuous focus lens for the bmdp4k?
    2- The 7artisians lens are dirt cheap, have you tried them?

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