After coming across Josh Yeo’s MAKE. ART. NOW. YouTube channel and his BMPCC6K is better than you think. Here’s why video featuring the cheap but optically-excellent Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens, I began wondering what other cameras might benefit from Canon EF-S lenses used natively or adapted.
I discovered that there are more than I thought there were, aside from the ever-popular Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF.
Although I still have issues with Canon for the dodgy, unrepairable and well-overpriced Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L USM IS lens I bought for my Canon 5D camera, I remain openminded about the company’s more affordable EF-S lenses.
I no longer use 35mm sensor cameras whether DSLRs or the new 35mm mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon but I remain open to the possibility of adapting EF-mount lenses to APS-C Super 35 and Micro Four Thirds cameras.
I still have the Metabones EF-to-M43 adapter for my late lamented 24-105mm f/4.0 and in recent months have been getting more use out of the two Zeiss Jena-designed vintage manual focus lenses that Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro kindly gave to me during his visit to our Sydney home studio last year.
Cheap vintage manual lenses have long been hard to find here and now foreign sources for all-brand vintage lenses are apparently drying up with prices skyrocketing for the little that remains available.
Time to consider other possibilities such as adapting cheaper Canon glass.
My links list below points to Canon EF-S lenses at B&H as well as other relevant links, but right now I am pondering the possibility of allying my Metabones EF-to-M43 smart adapter with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens to get an adapted focal length range of 20mm to 36mm on my Lumix M43 cameras.
Add an EF-to-X smart adapter to mount the same lens on a Fujifilm X-series camera and you get 15mm to 27mm, a good ultra wide-angle range for documentary stills and video.
Add speed adapters and you get wider focal length ranges along with wider aperture gains.
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- B&H – Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
- B&H – Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (Canon EF/EF-S)
- B&H – Canon EF-S lenses
- B&H – Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
- B&H – DJI RS2
- B&H – Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Mount Adapter for EF- or EF-S-Mount Lens to Fujifilm X-Mount Camera
- B&H – Metabones adapters for Canon EF-mount lenses on Fujifilm X-mount cameras
- B&H – Metabones adapters for Canon EF mount lenses on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- B&H – Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
- B&H – Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
- B&H Explora – Unveiled: Two New Canon Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses
- Fringer smart adapters
- Ken Rockwell – Canon 10-18mm IS STM, APS-C EF-S (2014-)
- Leeming LUT Pro – “Leeming LUT Pro™ is the world’s first unified, corrective Look Up Table ( LUT ) system for supported cameras, designed to maximise dynamic range, fix skin tones, remove unwanted colour casts and provide an accurate Rec709 starting point for further creative colour grading.”
- MAKE. ART. NOW. – BMPCC6K is better than you think. Here’s why. – video – “I was wrong, the BMPCC6K is way more powerful than I thought. Even with a $200 lens you can get movie grade shots that will blow you away.”
- MAKE. ART. NOW. – Instagram
Header image courtesy of Blackmagic Design and its Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera web pages.