Blackmagic Now Offers More PL Options

Blackmagic Design has made a minor announcement regarding their existing Cinema 2K and Production 4K digital cinema cameras. Both cameras are now available with native PL mounts on front. Originally the Cinema 2K was sold in electronic EF mount and passive M4/3 mount. The M4/3 could be adapted to PL via third party adapter. The Production 4K was only available with the active EF mount with no good PL options.

Well PL lens collection havers can relax. Now both cameras can be purchased with a native PL mount. You will pay $300 extra for the PL mount on the Cinema 2K camera. These will be shipping soon. For anyone with an existing camera that they want retrofitted we are selling Wooden Camera retrofitting for $1295.

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Turn Your BMD Pocket and Cinema 2K Cameras Into Super35mm Perspective Cameras

Metabones has become widely known for their unique perspective changing lens adapters. They already introduced adapters for Micro 4/3 cameras like the GH3, but now they’ve created new F-mount (Nikon style) Speed Boosters designed specifically for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that make lenses on those bodies even faster and wider, and give the Super 16mm Pocket essentially a Super 35mm sensor.

The new 0.64xBMCC Speed Booster reduces the full-frame crop factor of the BMD Cinema from 2.39x to 1.53x, thus effectively transforming it into a Super-35 format cine camera. In addition, the speed of any attached lens is increased by 1 & 1/3 stops.

The new 0.58xBMPCC Speed booster is made specifically for the Pocket camera. It reduces the full-frame equivalent crop factor to 1.75x, not quite Super-35 format viewing angle, but close. In addition, the speed of any attached lens is increased by 1 & 2/3 stops.

These adapters are made only for F-mount lenses at the moment, so it will be interesting if we get either standard Micro 4/3 or Blackmagic-specific Micro 4/3 adapters for Canon lenses at some point in the future. The issue with a Canon adapter is that those lenses need power to change the iris, and there is apparently some trouble making this work reliably from the Micro 4/3 mount (and a powered adapter would only work with the active Micro 4/3 Pocket). The biggest differences between these new Blackmagic Speed Boosters and the regular MFT Speed Booster is that the Metabones team was able to put the rear element farther back into the camera since there is no shutter on the video-only cameras (whereas there is one on cameras like GH2 or GH3). That’s what allows these adapters to make the image even wider than before.

This kind of performance does come at a price. While the generic MFT adapter is $430, these are going to be $490 when they ship sometime this month (though the Pocket may take a little longer). Contact Professional Video and get your orders in now. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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A “Real World” Perspective On Blackmagic Pocket

The Blackmagic series of cameras, the Cinema, Pocket, and Production, have put no wrinkles in the camera world. Some people see them as creating a revolutionary and disruptive force that will push large manufactures to adapt. The video in this link is produced by Dave Dugdale. His website is called Learning DSLR Video. He is a self-proclaimed “advanced amateur”. His video on the Blackmagic Pocket is an interesting watch because he takes a very “every-man” approach to the camera with out getting overly analytical or technical.

The video primary focuses on the pros and cons when compared to shooting a 5DmkIII. But he also does some slight comparison to the Red Epic. There’s a few points to keep in mind. First, almost everything he says about the Pocket is equally applicable to the other Blackmagic cameras as they all run the same menu software. Second, even though he’s using the 5DmkIII, almost everything he says could be applied to any DSLR.

The basic summary of the video is that the Blackmagic cameras have huge downsides that need to be considered but there is a high potential upside. He talks about how he’s not a professional colorist and has yet to undergo any color training and because of this he was only able to get the image quality to match or exceed his 5D about 50% of the time. But when he was able to nail the color correction he could clearly exceed the 5D image quality. Other problems, his focus was off a fair amount because of the poor quality of the LCD combined with virtually no focus assist features. You can’t reformat cards in the camera so if you forget to format before the shoot you’re outta luck. You can’t delete files in the camera so you better not have any bad takes. The battery only lasts 45 minutes, he recomends buying 5-7 of them. At $40 each that’s $280 of batteries. The camera has a high frequency audio issue when using the internal mic.  There are no assignable buttons, nor any button control for ISO or white balance. Because ISO and white balance are menu driven you can’t be shooting and in real-time adjust those settings to see if they are correct. You have to dive into the menu, adjust, go back to the camera, and hope you got it right. There is no audio gain meters, the camera doesn’t display how much recording time is left on the card, and when you power off a lot of your settings are lost and returned to defaults. Watch the video here. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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How to Go ENG With the Blackmagic Cinema

Lets explore why the ENG form factor is still very relevant, what the benefits of that style are, and how to turn the oddest little camera in the world, the BMD Cinema, into and ENG machine.

The thing that I commonly found interesting is that all the things people said the Cinema Camera “couldn’t do”, were from the same people that never really had a chance to actually shoot with the Cinema Camera in the first place, or in very limited fashion at most. These early speculations of the camera’s “deficiencies” were nothing more than assumptions without any controlled testing or extended use.

With that said, it came to no surprise when I read that the Cinema Camera will never be able to shoot in true ENG (Electronic News Gathering) style. Again, my initial feeling was that this was stemming from a small crowd of people that either don’t own a Cinema Camera, or did not put forth the effort to see how closely their Cinema Camera could in fact shoot in ENG style with proper rigging. Continue reading…. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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Huge Price Drop BMD Cinema Camera Now $1,995

Today brings huge, if not slightly overdue, news. We are pleased to offer you 33% savings off of the Blackmagic Design Cinema camera. The original 2k recording camera is now being sold by Professional Video at $1,995. Now you can have 2k RAW recording for under $2k. 2k for $2k. We have these cameras in-stock and ready to go today.

Please keep in mind that this camera may be $1,995 but you can’t shoot with it when it comes out of the box. We have tons of experience helping customers make the most of the amazing image sensor in the box. Viewfinders, handles, lenses, batteries are all near must-haves before you’re ready to roll. Let our experience guide you. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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