This is not meant to be lens compendium, only a pointer – a nudge in the right direction.
If you have followed by methodology, or if you are experienced, you will challenge many of my suggestions. That’s a good thing.
An explanation before I start: Ultrawide is anything wider than 18mm (in 35mm equivalent). Wide is between 18mm and 35mm. Medium is 35mm to 70mm. Telephoto is 85mm to 300mm. Anything over 300mm is Super Telephoto. These are just generalized demarcations.
The millimeter count in brackets is the 35mm equivalent of the listed lenses.
m43 Mount – Panasonic GH2/GH3, Blackmagic Cinema Camera MTF
Let’s start with the BMCC, since at the time of this writing, it only offers a ‘dumb’ MTF mount. It also has the smallest sensor from among our chosen cameras, so finding wide angles for it is tough.
The BMCC sensor is too big for C-mount, Super 16mm, 16mm, 2/3? CCD, 1/2? CCD and 1/3? CCD lenses – most of these lenses will vignette. You might find a ‘freak’ lens that has a large enough image circle but I’d say that’s a long shot.
As mentioned earlier, by using Super 16 lenses, you could crop the image to a 2K or 1080p format but I’m not covering such scenarios.
The beauty of m43 is it can take many kinds of lenses with adapters. There are excellent choices available. You’ll find many old world manual lenses, each with its own charms and quirks.
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MTF
Let’s move on to the Panasonic cameras. There are better options here, especially because the aperture can be controlled electronically.
On the flip side, lenses made specifically for m43 tend to be smaller, lighter and harder to use for focus pullers, especially when not rigged with a follow focus system.
m43 sensors are the most demanding when it comes to resolution, and lenses made specifically for m43 need to be the best possible.