Affordable Canon EF-S APS-C Super 35 EF-Mount Prime & Zoom Lenses Native & Adapted for Video & Stills

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

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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens. Image courtesy of Canon Australia.

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.

Magic!

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Links

Image credits

Header image courtesy of Blackmagic Design and its Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera web pages.

Gobe is an Australian Lens Adapter and Filter Company That Plants Five Trees for Every Purchase Made

Cinematographer/director Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro dropped by yesterday and very kindly gave us two vintage M42-mount manual-focus prime lenses, a Panagor MC 28mm f/2.8 and a Pentacon 50mm f/1.8. 

Both lenses are in excellent condition and are a reminder of how useful such lenses are for shooting video with recent and current generations of hybrid cameras equipped with focus peaking. 

This morning I googled adapters for these lenses and an Australian camera accessories company came up in the search results – Gobe Corp Pty Ltd, headquartered in Byron Bay. 

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Gobe M42 to Fujifilm X-mount lens adapter.

I don’t know anything about Gobe’s products other than what is published in their website so cannot make any recommendations right now, but am pleased to note that they state that they plant five trees for every purchase made of their their products.

I will now be looking for hands-on reviews of Gobe products, especially of their fixed and variable neutral density filters, UV filters and lens adapters.

Links

  • Camera-wiki.org – Panagor– “[Jaca Corporation] are most famous for their Elicar and Panagor brand lenses, made by a variety of Japanese lens manufacturers which included Komine and Kino Precision.”
  • Gobe – website
  • 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. Multi-camera shoots are now much easier, because you are starting with a common, colour-matched baseline, meaning much less time trying to match cameras in post before starting your creative grading.
  • WikipediaPentacon – “The name Pentacon is derived from the brand Contax of Zeiss Ikon Kamerawerke in Dresden and Pentagon, as a Pentaprism for Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras was for the first time developed in Dresden. The cross section of this prism has a pentagonal shape. Pentacon is best known for producing the SLR cameras of the Praktica-series as well as the medium formatcamera Pentacon Six, the Pentacon Super and various cameras of the Exa series.”

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