If you though the “Nifty Fifty” is one of the cheapest lenses on the market that you can get for shooting some basic video stuff, I will definitely disappoint you as it’s not even close to the lowest price tag. What if I told you that you can get a lens 5x cheaper than Canon’s entry-level glass. Yeap, I’m definitely talking about a new fully functional lens that you can easily mount on your BMPCC or GH4, or Digital Bolex and get some pleasing images by paying only around 20 bucks for it.
Well, here it is! The Ernitec 12mm f1.4 C-Mount lens than can be easily adapted to your GH4 and BMPCC mount by utilising a cheap C-Mount to MFT adapter. Does it actually work? Mattias Burling answers the question in the following video review.
As expected the build quality of this small plastic lens is atrocious, but we can’t ask for more for the price. There is also some vignetting in the corners when you mounted on the BMPCC (on the GH4 it should be even worse), however being a C-Mount lens it entirely covers the Digital Bolex sensor and works perfectly well with the system.
Furthermore, pulling focus and changing aperture can turn into a real nightmare, but again the images that this lens produces deserve at least a try. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the price. According to Mattias, you can even get it for a lower price on Ebay which is quite a bargain for a working manual lens.
I definitely would like to try out this lens and do some testing, as it’s impossible to utilise it for a commercial project unless you really like to piss off your producer and make your DP laugh out loud. It’s also a nice backup lens as you really never know what might happen on set.
And, if it turned out that this is the only option you have for the moment you’d better have one of these in your backpack when this happens. For twenty bucks it’s great for emergency situations, you get a decent wide focal length and a fast aperture that even some hundred times more expensive lenses don’t provide.