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  1. 8 points
    Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera Super Guide and Why it Still Matters Today The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera was released in 2012. At the rate that cameras are being announced these days, that’s a century ago in the consumer/prosumer world. The camera was released with very little fanfare as it didn’t have a monitor and was marketed as a great companion to drones, head cams, dash cams, sport cams, etc. Some people rigged it up, but for the most part it wasn’t exactly the most popular camera at the time. Though I keep speaking in past tense, this camera is still available to buy today - though with the Pocket 4k and 6k on the market - it’s very unlikely anybody is buying them. As we enter the most competitive market ever for the low/mid tier videographer and filmmaker, I am here to tell why this small unassuming - and rather ancient by todays standards - camera is special and why it could fit well with some of you. This guide is meant to be a fun way to explore a hidden gem, not to cause a spec war, fanboy war, or any kind of mean spirited debate. It is just an opinion of one person, but something that I have been thinking about doing for awhile. Lets get into. Brief History The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera shares the same sensor as it’s older cousin, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. A camera that truly revolutionized the filmmaking world, by giving filmmakers that didn’t have the cash to buy expensive cinema gear a camera that had an amazing cinematic and filmic quality to it. Something that wasn’t found in DSLRs at the time with not only the film look, but also specs. The camera could record internal RAW at a price point that was and still is unheard of. But the camera suffered from many issues. The screen was garbage, there was a lot FPN issues, and most notably the battery life was straight up horrible. Batteries would last around 20 minutes and often times much less. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera shares the same sensor as the original pocket. Its’ a sensor created by Fairchild Imaging, with a sensor called the CIS1910F. Fairchild are a company based out of San Jose, CA. They have created several sensors for Blackmagic, but I believe the new sensors of the Pocket 4k/6k are now Sony sensors. The sensor is important in this guide, because thats where the special sauce lies. Blackmagic Micro Differences to Pocket The Blackmagic at first glance seems like a stripped down original Blackmagic pocket. The thing is, it actually cleaned up quite a bit inside the hood. The micro received a new more modern processor, allowing it to clean up some FPN issues and improved rolling shutter. Though not a low light beast, it handles things generally better all the way around compared to the Pocket. When using a monitor, accessing the menus though tedious with its button placement, is much more responsive - where the pocket was a lag fest. Here is where we get to the good stuff. The micro cinema camera on paper and at first glance seems like a bit of a letdown. No monitor? No cold shoe? No handle? Canon Batteries? But, thats because of how Blackmagic marketed it. They didn’t market it like how Red or Zcam do it, which is a modular camera with a build your own adventure way to build it. They didn't even really offer accessories for it. But that is how it needs to be looked at. You get a brain and you need to add accessories, there is no way around it. But building around it is not as daunting as most people make it seem and once you take the step, you really unlock something special. Whats the Point of This and What Makes this Camera Special? I am going to use some overused/misused terminology here to explain how the footage looks and what makes it special. In a current era where modern sensors show every single pore and are mostly made by Sony (with insane modern feats) - there is an organic look about the early Blackmagic cameras (BMMCC, BMPCC, BMCC) that is special and has a very film like look to it, which is what Blackmagic set out to achieve and emulate. This is going back to Fairchild and what they were able to achieve. The look that is ever so popular with almost every young filmmaker and over used on almost every filmmakers youtube titles - which is a ”cinematic or film look”. Yeah, I know, you want to argue its lighting and lenses and actual cinematography skills that achieves that. You are right. But there are still more tangible attributes besides that which can affect the way a video looks. Color science, DR, a soft look, and motion cadence are 4 keys to getting that look. If you can nail all of those, you get a rather easy filmic/cinematic look out the box. And the Blackmagic micro has all of those and is really the last Blackmagic camera to ever use one of those organic sensors that Fairchild brewed up. It’s also the last and only Blackmagic camera that you are able to buy today that has one of those most special sensors every created for its cheap price and accessibility. . It is a hidden gem and footage from the camera are often confused for cameras way out of its league. It’s a look that modern mirrorless cameras don’t often have, at least not without heavy film grain, pro mist filters, vintage glass, added motion blur, etc. What makes this camera special is not on the spec sheet, because 1080p isn’t going to making you excited. It’s not on the paper that will make you go “wow”. It’s simply with the footage. You can throw all the specs you want. The footage of this camera and the fact that it’s still available today new and very cheap used, is the reason for this entire guide. Keys To Rigging You need a cage and an external monitor. There is no way around this. If you don’t purchase or have those, there is no point exploring further. Remember, like I briefly mentioned above - don’t think drone cam or sports cam - think modular RAW capable cinema cam. Smallrig and 8sinn both make cages for it, I have the smallrig and don’t see why you would need anything else. Take your pick with monitor, that is a personal choice, but I prefer something with Sony style NPF batteries. If you only shoot RAW with this camera (which is what I do) - then you can basically set your settings and forget them. I would leave your ISO at 800 and manage your light with your lens aperture and variable ND Filter. There is no need to go into any menus, other than to possibly reformat your memory card. If you do that, you avoid the headache which is the awkward placement on the menu buttons. If you shoot pro-res and you want to constantly change settings (ISO, WB, etc) then you will need to either get used to the buttons or buy a second hand “One Little Remote”. Which is a little add on module that can help you change your cameras settings without menu diving. For battery, you can use canon batteries for about an hour/hour half before it dies. Or choose the best option, which is to buy the NPF bridge (https://www.starvingartist101.com) which allows you to simply attach NPF style batteries to the camera. With this option you can get around 4 hours of battery life on 1 charge or even longer if you opt for the larger style NPF batteries. A monitor most people already have. And if you shoot RAW, which is kind of what makes this camera special and what I recommend using, then you don’t need to menu dive or you can simply use the one little remote. And if you use NPF batteries you now have a cinema camera that doesn’t require v-mount batteries and can shoot RAW video for about 4 hours. All in an insanely small package with amazing footage. I think thats what gets lost with this camera is that people complain about having to rig it up - but a lot of the add ons are either pretty cheap or you already have. The NPF bridge is around 30 bucks. Cage from smallrig is around $80. The monitor you prob already have. You really don’t need the one little remote if you shoot RAW or get used to the menus. Memory Cards If there is one legit complaint, its that newer sandisks memory cards do not work with this camera. Here is the scoop: “Please note that we have discovered an issue with the newer revision of the Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDXC 95 MB/s cards that begin with the product prefix SDSDXXG. These cards do not work with the following products: 1. Pocket Cinema Camera 2. Micro Cinema Camera 3. Video Assist 4. Video Assist 4K We believe that these new cards have the V30 rating on them. Currently, only Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDXC 95 MB/s cards that begin with the product prefix SDSDXP are compatible.” Though that sucks, good news is that if you have a sandisk pre 2018, it should work. Also there are non sandisk cards that do work. I have tested this one for example: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X1406EC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and it works fine and with RAW. It is still something that you should be aware of. I got lucky and all my sandisks work. Speedbooster There is a dedicated speedbooster for this camera in Nikon or Canon variant. Its called Nikon G to BMPCC or Canon EF to BMPCC. There is a “T” version that has minor improvements, especially to the felt material inside. There are other speedboosters for micro four thirds that will work as well. Viltrox speedboosters also work. The difference is that the specific BMPCC version gives you a 0.58x vs x0.71 or higher crop factor. Resolution Let us now address the elephant in the room. This camera does not shoot 4k. If you want a camera that shoots 4k, this is not it, simple as that. But, if you are a person that cares more about the image quality than the resolution, you won’t be disappointed. But lets say you really do want 4k, well, there is another hidden gem that takes this camera one step further. Inside Davinci Resolve is a feature called “superscale” which upscales footage beautifully. And scaled micro cinema footage to UHD/4K looks fantastic. See Rob Ellis' beautiful video on this: Also even if you need 4k for certain projects, this camera should still be in your arsenal. It’s cheap enough where you can have it along side something like a pocket 4k/6k. Again, the footage speaks for itself. IR Cut and Moire I highly recommend using an IR Cut filter with this camera as there is some IR pollution that can affect your image if you dont use one. You can find some for as cheap as 20-30 bucks. There are also some moire filters, like the RAWLITE OLPF, that does IR CUT and reduces moire at the same time. You install this over the sensor and you dont have to worry about using filters, but it's costly. I don’t have too much of an issue with moire - so for most a simple IR Cut filter could be enough. Where to Buy You can still buy these new today. But you can score amazing kits on ebay, craigslist, etc. You can often find one with a one little remote, cage, and even memory cards for under $700. Some will even include a monitor. You can legit get a full kit for $1,000 - including every thing you need to shoot and rig it up. Conclusion (TL;DR) I made this post because I am a junky of sorts. I buy all the new cameras, fall into the hype traps, and have severe GAS. Every camera I have used lately has left me with a “meh” feeling. Except the micro. Specs can be great, some have amazing autofucus or great color. Some have shit color and shit bitrates. Some are great but the lens system and adapting to it are a pain. And some are plain beautiful but are really expensive. The micro has a rare balance of amazing filmic quality, a lens mount that most of us on here are well aware of at this point, fantastic battery life of around 4 hours with NPF batteries, compact size, legit RAW (not BRAW) to internal SD cards instead of expensive cfast or having an SSD hanging from your camera and its cheap. Ridiculously cheap if you buy used. It also has that old blackmagic special look so many of us fell in love with back in the day and in my opinion is lacking today. It is a hidden treasure in the filmmaking world that is still available new at many retailers. I created this to share and possibly open eyes to what is an amazing camera this is and probably the last of its breed. As we enter the resolution wars with sharper, high res videos, we will slowly be leaving behind that soft organic look. If you like shooting older cameras with vintage glass to get that "look" then you can think of this camera the same way. You do it for the look, not for the specs. Bonus: Footage!!! Here is some great content that I believe shows off this camera and what is capable of doing (All the footage from his reel at the start of this video are from the micro)
  2. 3 points
    BTM_Pix

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    And make sure you don't forget your Zippo for when you are setting up.
  3. 3 points
    so after the reveal whats next ? what are the odds of making it a monthly or bimonthly challenge. to give the users of the forum something to aim for, or aspire too perhaps ? cause we all do a lot of talking, something to keep us learning the craft would be really constructive as well.😉
  4. 3 points
    By being the only one Ive watched.. thought that went without saying. Great, then you should buy it. The motion, the clarity, the colors and the tones/curves. So does mine. Looks video to me. Exactly, very smartphoneish. Not a fan. Please note: I have NEVER said that the P6K shoots footage that looks videoish and can't produce cinematic footage. All Im saying is that after reading your post about "proof" that the P6K is "more cinematic than the P4K" I was very disappointed after pressing play on that video. But like I said there are most likely much better examples of cinematic footage out there.
  5. 2 points
    Ok I'm calling troll now. No way you are this bad at reading even you own posts.. Just be careful, seems to be a very sensitive subject and one must choose the words very carefully. Even when saying that the camera is good
  6. 2 points
    Whoah...hang on there you two. You are doing forums wrong if you agree to agree. Splitting hairs, clinging on to a semantic rock and repelling all boarders...that is what it is all about. Now, lets get this back on course and start trading petty insults.
  7. 2 points
    A re-post of my findings from another thread but I have found these Sony cards to be a currently available card that works with both my Pocket and Micro. It is the UZ designation that is important to ensure that you have the right one. Here is a link to the exact one that I have https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00YOKOJOU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
  8. 2 points
    drm

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Another option: The Olympus 12-100 f/4 is a *great* all around lens, albeit, not as bright as I would like. It isn't small, but it almost never comes off my camera.
  9. 1 point
    Andrew Reid

    EOSHD $200 challenge - Voting begins!

    heart0less The Citadel Park Kye The most cinematic video ever made AND A rainy morning mrjim Bexhill July 2019 Snowfun Good Morning Esguelha $200 challenge entry Michi Homestar Kevin aaa123jc A Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland Framed By Dan theraywong mkabi Nordee Wronzoff TrueIndigo PannySVHS Sama Kotka Matias Mayolo m.maksym Better together anax276 The Garden Leslie Apples Well done to everyone who contributed. I had a lot of fun watching the results come in. I had some fun shooting my own as well, but I've not edited it yet and decided to let the competition vote run without my entry for now. In the main blog post coming out, you'll see what I bought and what I got up to. I'll let the vote run for a few days, then we can reveal the cameras which is the even more fun part Please vote once for your favourite of the videos (and not your own!!) - no gaming the system If I missed anyone on the list, let me know.
  10. 1 point
    Mmmbeats

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    Any advice for lens or other technology options for shooting through a narrow gap? I have a situation where I need to film top-down through a fairly narrow grill (haven't been able to measure the exact dimensions yet, but around 2cm (1 inch) width. I only have access from above and need to film the scene below without seeing the grill mechanism itself. I'll be filming the majority of the piece on a GH5S. I'm looking for options of how to get this additional footage. Lightweight and simple to rig are important considerations. So far 3 things come to mind - - A probe lens, but these don't seem to work very well as regular (non macro) lenses. - A go pro pressed up against the grill, though I really don't like the loss of technical control they offer - A high-end phone camera with a thin lens attached - totally new territory for me Anyone have any thoughts or experiences? Bearing in mind this will be for a professional (non broadcast) production.
  11. 1 point
    So I've been curious recently. I've been shooting with the GH4/5 Canon L 24-105 Metabones speedbooster for a good couple of years now, and have been pretty happy with the usability, color etc. One problem though, I don't think my images are as detailed as they could be. Digital sharpness is there, kind of native to the GH processing, but the detail seems lacking. I've always put this down to the compression of my final render output, but I think there is something else going on. I assumed the 24-105 would be tack sharp, even at F4 as I've never seen anything amiss with DSLR photos and this lens combo. So, I did this quick test yesterday, comparing different focal lengths of the Canon to some Leica Primes, and also the Helios 56mm I believe it is. Nothing too scientific, just a quick cycle through apertures pointing at the same background. The focus point is the same double checked for each lens, and the exposure was just eyeballed using shutter speed to keep ND out of the equation. The Helios isn't too helpful for comparison as it couldn't focus far enough to match the other lenses, so take that one as you might. To add even more confusion, I labeled the Canon by the F number on the back of the GH5 screen (after the speed booster stop gain) and the Prime lenses are labeled by what was marked on the lens. So the F2.8 on the Leica would really be closer to a F1.9 after the speed booster, as compared to the Canon F2.5. Anyone have any experience with these lenses or thoughts on the test or sharpness in general?
  12. 1 point
    A_Urquhart

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    I wasn't saying that you are watching with image smoothing on, I was just trying to illustrate how film motion DOES have "stutter" (as you called it) and the proof is that TV's try to smooth out this stutter which is not how the film maker intended. If Films were perfectly smooth "as silk" as you say, there wouldn't be this issue would there? I don't know why you are getting so angry about this? And yes, I often watch YouTube on my TV.....is there a problem with that?
  13. 1 point
    Emanuel

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    You know what's the problem of that, Skip77? Take a second thought reading your posts again, you'll easily follow the reasoning behind any hostile criticism on your entries as pre-judgement or misconceptions as you call it. Credit must be earned, no other : -)
  14. 1 point
    docmoore

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Both are very good ... disruptive for the above $10K camera manufacturers if over time they function without major issue, and only time will tell on that front. My experience has satisfied my concerns ... and at these prices replacing a camera is not a dealbreaker. I prefer not adding elements behind a lens ... which was designed to perform at a specific flange depth in a specific way. So the ability to use better EF mount lenses on a native mount is my preference. Spatial rolloff is characteristic of sensor size and I just prefer larger sensors ... MF and FF for stills ... so many other elements affect video one has to look at everything. Arri has used a small sensor to great ends as they engineered the imaging pipeline so well. Most others are playing catchup. The loss of BM Raw at certain resolutions on the P6K is not an issue for me as I am not bound by production time constraints ... hence the 5.7K capture to a 4K or 2K DCI Prores render. I did not use Prores on the P4K ... again BM Raw to Prores in Davinci Resolve Studio. Realistically, almost any new camera can produce compelling footage if one stays within the limits of its design envelope and respects its limitations. Just need to decide what tradeoffs are worth it to you.
  15. 1 point
    Mmmbeats

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    As explained, our access is contingent on not doing any rigging in the actual room. We're being granted quite a favour with the location and can't push any more. We just need to make the setup work within the parameters we have.
  16. 1 point
    docmoore

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Thank you! No specific look ... grading was to test DR and color fidelity. Canon 50 F 1.2 for one and Zeiss 100 F2 Makro for the other ... listed in the opening credits. Really looking at highlights and how natural the overall feel could be ... My bias is from the perspective of a landscape and portrait photography background ... so I tend to pick times for the appropriate light and convey what it imparts to a scene.
  17. 1 point
    Mr. Freeze

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Nice shots in there, some of them very clear and with lots of details! 👍 What Lens/es did you use here? What look did you want to achieve, or was it only a simple test of the cameras resolution etc?
  18. 1 point
    docmoore

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Thought I would share a couple of explorations I have done with the P6K ... After considerable time with the P4K I began looking for something a bit bigger ... yet most of the cameras out there have an element that represents a compromise ... and it can be a struggle to decide what you really need in a camera. All about the image quality and sound that you can capture ... and lens mount sensor preamps and ergonomics play a big part in how we can capture what we see. I was pleased to see the announcement of the P6K as the P4K has worked well for my needs. So this week ... heat index outside was 108F ... I captured a bunch of things inside to look at light and color. Also played with the XLR inputs to insure that this camera works as well as the P4K. Here are a couple of short-lived videos ... cannot leave them up for long due to music I added for myself ... hate looking at video without a background of sound. Not cinema ... no drama ... just moving pictures ... video if it suites you. Capture at 5.7K BM Raw Quality 0 to the CFast card in 24p without and difficulty and rendered on a 4K DCI timeline with a 2K DCI output. Output as ProRes 422 ... https://youtu.be/b758C4khvMs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOTQWfI0YPY&feature=youtu.be I love the extra resolution and great color science that was in the P4K (v4).
  19. 1 point
    Anaconda_

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    Could you forget about the grill altogether, hang a mirror at 45 degreed from the ceiling and then put your camera up close the the ceiling - shooting into the mirror and down into the room? Then you can use whatever lens you want to. Flip/flop the footage in post and nobody will ever know
  20. 1 point
    BTM_Pix

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    One option as you are using an mft camera are the Olympus body cap lenses as you should be able to get pretty flat, although the grip will limit just how flat. The 15mm would be the one for the FOV that you are after but I would definitely try and have a go with one to make sure you are OK with the performance. Another option would be the Osmo Pocket as you can get that butted up right to the grille and the big advantage is that you can remote monitor it with a phone so it makes it easier to set up. The FOV is wide but closer to what you are after than that of a GoPro. The other one would be a 1" compact like the Panasonic LX10/15 which you could mount slightly above and use the optical zoom to get through the grille. As with the Osmo, the advantage there is that you can use the phone app to monitor as well as control the lens. The LX10/15 can take the Cinelike D hack as well so you could match it better to the GH5 if you are using Cinelike D on that too.
  21. 1 point
    Mmmbeats

    Shooting through a narrow grill

    Our access to the location is conditional on not removing the grill or rigging a platform in the room itself, but we have great access from the room above looking down. I need a reasonably wide shot (essentially something like a 35mm - 50mm FF equivalent). The room is around 14 feet high. It's a geometric birds eye shot - straight down. None of that is negotiable unfortunately. Stylistically I need to end up with something adhering to 'realistic' - well controlled distortion, neutral colours, etc. I've been looking at the Laowa 24mm f/14 probe lens, but it looks incredibly soft from what I've seen so far, and f/14 might be a problem too.
  22. 1 point
    Emanuel

    Canon 24-105L vs. Leica Prime Test

    Photography depends on variables. There are no soft nor sharp tools per se ; ) just soft or sharp combinations, respectively.
  23. 1 point
    Avenger 2.0

    Canon 24-105L vs. Leica Prime Test

    The Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L lens just isn't a sharp lens. Bought my first one second hand and thought it was just too used because at 100% the image most of the time looked slight out of focus. Sold it and bought a new 24-105mm f/4.0 ii L and this one is even worse. Bought the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 and it is way sharper. The only good thing about the Canon is that it's weather proof when needed. Maybe for video still good, but for photography not sharp enough for professional use.
  24. 1 point
    leslie

    EOSHD $200 challenge - Voting begins!

    i second the motion. i'm happy i had a go at it, nothing ventured nothing gained as they say. i think i took something away from watching each of the entries. So i'm thinking its a win/win for me even i don't actually win anything. 😀
  25. 1 point
    BMPCC OG was announced in 2013, the BMMCC came out two years later in 2015. The Micro Cinema Camera isn't that old! It just feels like it.
  26. 1 point
    I agree with @Mattias Burling, this doesn’t really “sell” the quality of the camera. In fact, the entire footage page they published doesn’t either. Could easily be filmed with a GH5 and I wouldn’t notice. This is mostly down to the filmmakers though and not the camera, however it’s clear that the gulf between camera quality is much less and pretty much every new release doesn’t have that “special sauce” to differentiate them enough. I like Blackmagic but they should go to a modular ZCAM box design. The poor battery, fixed screen and odd shape make it a no-go for me. This would be an absolute no brainer if you could just pull it out the box and shoot without having to bolt on a few bricks to make it work reliably. Lots of options these days - but also in these days I’m thinking far less about my cameras choices than ever.
  27. 1 point
    kye

    EOSHD $200 challenge - Voting begins!

    Voted. I must say that the ones I voted for really were well done and the one I picked for best image quality was also on my shortlist for best cinematography. As cheesy as it sounds, well done to everyone - finishing a project and then sharing it publicly takes some effort and a bit of bravery, so well done to all who entered.
  28. 1 point
    Thats the first video Ive ever seen from the P6K and I must say... it looked extremely videoish. Surely there are some really cinematic footage out there that would better illustrate the point you where trying to make.
  29. 1 point
    A_Urquhart

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    You may be right, but it looks like komodo is using CFAST so $2-3K media shouldn't be an issue. I'm just giving my opinions here like many others are. It's a forum.....I think its good to provide balanced information to counter some miss information that might be out there. You may call it hostility, I call it giving people something else to think about rather than just believing hype. As I've said to you before, my Pocket4K has paid for itself a few times over and continues to earn me money. I have no reason to defend my purchase because i know it has been a good one, my accounts prove it. If I didn't have the Pocket4K now and had to choose, would I choose the 6K? Nope...what exactly would I be paying double the money for? 6K BRAW? Don't need it, it's file sizes or the extra overheads it requires to edit. 4K ProRes? Already got it! Yes, the 6K to 4K downscale in camera might provide a slightly better 4K image but from what I'm hearing, the difference is negligible. Now if the 6K sensor was in a body with a better mount, a good battery solution like NP-F, BP-U or similar, and had a tillable screen, I might see the need in an upgrade like that and be willing to spend the double (if not more) that they are asking for the 6K and I guess that is where my disappointment is here. BMD should focus on genuine improvements rather than play the Resolution game that only really serves to impress those who don't really know better. I guess for the price of the 6K, i would expect BMD to fix issues like poor battery life, which are excusable in the price of the Pocket4K but really inexcusable in the Pocket6kifshootingBRAW.
  30. 1 point
    kaylee

    Post Your Smartphone Homescreen

    heyy zach do u need attention??
  31. 1 point
    Tried a bit in my GX9, but so far only found the modes that @Артем Асеев already found.
  32. 1 point
    mercer

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    With some manual lenses, the damn m4/3 adapter is larger than the lens. I guess... BM cameras are kind of Frankencameras anyway, so whatever works to keep a smaller footprint, via body or lens, is an acceptable approach IMO. What’s not to get? The EF and PL mount are the most widely used mounts in S35 filmmaking. Since a PL mount on a $2500 camera would be utterly useless to a large majority of the intended market, the EF mount is the next logical choice. If you cannot find a native EF lens, or one that will adapt to the EF mount, you really aren’t looking hard enough. You gotta remember that Blackmagic can only manufacture these cameras, at these price points, by using off the shelf parts. So, there may not be a 6K suitable M4/3 sensor and there isn’t a widely available mount, that is free to use, to keep the costs down. It could have been worse and they could have used the F mount. Creating their own mount isn’t cost effective since they would have to design it, create molds and adapters for a ton of different lens mounts. With EF, they already have the supply chain from their previous cameras and a pipeline of 3rd party adapters. The EF mount was the only sensible option for this camera.
  33. 1 point
    Kisaha

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    This the greatness of BM, with 2 cameras they are covering most bases with the minimum cost possible (for both them and us). That's a brilliant strategy. I do not like adapters at all, but the possibilities of an P4K causes a lot of thoughts, especially when a good m43 zoom on one, is half the weight and smaller than a similar EF combo. I always had issues with low light performance of m43 cameras, even GH5, but this sensor diminishes if not all, most of these worries. BM creates the possibility of owning a lot of cheaper cameras instead of 1 very expensive like was the norm for so many decades.
  34. 1 point
    Tom Antos has posted his review of the 6K. He's definitely the Youtuber who's done the most work for a Pocket 6K review thus far. Pretty comprehensive.
  35. 1 point
    Tito Ferradans

    faking the anamorphic look

    That was me.
  36. 1 point
    Mako Sports

    DIY EVF eye cushion

    I just use the Bluestar eye cushions
  37. 1 point
    TrueIndigo

    DIY EVF eye cushion

    Here is my cheap DIY viewfinder eye cushion. I sewed together two elasticated hair bungees. The first one clasps the EVF surround, and the second one comes in a little over the viewfinder and makes a more comfortable cushion than the firm rubber eyecup. These things come in many different colours, though I chose photographic black to suit the camera. They also come in different sizes/thicknesses. You may be able to see from the scale of the Panny G7 what size these are (they fit quite tightly on the viewfinder surround, which is the main thing). Also using these lower profile hair bungees means I can swing the articulated screen past and it doesn't come off. You could choose a more bulbous bungee which would make an even more comfortable cushion, but if you are opening and closing the screen a lot it would be inconvenient.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    socs

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    Not to get too off topic but you mentioned the blackmagic micro cinema camera. Everytime I use it I think I should just throw all my other cameras (z6, xt3, etc) in the trash. For me too it has the best look to it by far. But, you really have to work to use that camera with all of it's quirks. Folks say you can soften modern cameras in post, but I've never seen good examples of that to match something like the bmmcc. I wish BM or another co. would just package that same sensor into a newer body with all the ergonomics and battery life of a modern cam.
  40. 1 point
    Although they also just added custom LUTs with the new firmware which was the only other feature I really wanted that it was missing. Hmmmm
  41. 1 point
    If they can fit in the E-mount of the FS5 they can fit it into a compact body.
  42. 1 point
    New Firmware released with ZRaw
  43. 1 point
    Question I guess a lot of us ask. There are legal reasons why unsolicited scripts are not accepted it is generally to prevent future claims of plagiarism. (everyone thinks their concept is pure gold and the big bad studio ripped them off) (that bloke down the pub "yeah Alien was basically my idea") One piece of advice i found that really stood out ( for me personally) was to hire an entertainment lawyer to submit the pitch. pricey costs around 500-1000 USD. (probably not what you wanted to hear)
  44. 1 point
    I didn't blame anyone. Just stated the facts. European Union has very expensive taxes but they are the only ones left in the world to try to regulate Google and Facebook, and I rather live here than having to deal with a mass shooting every week. This is a very nice corner of the world here. Beginning of the western civilization with Acropolis at the city center matched with unlimited islands with no sharks and great mountains! The sea or a mountain is no more than 20-30minutes wherever you are in the country. You are overreacting big time and people are "affraid" to state their opinion because they want to avoid the conflict. You are not the only one alive in this world and we have seen things and done things in our lives too, and still do by the way.
  45. 1 point
    The MFT mount with a speedbooster seems like a far more cost effective option given the large price difference.
  46. 1 point
    Zach Goodwin2

    Lenses

    New picture taken on Canon T2i with OM 28-70 F/2.8
  47. 1 point
    webrunner5

    Lenses

    Yeah but like it has been said, it is not desirable to add sharpening in Post. So I want the sharpest camera output and the sharpest lens hanging off the thing. If I Need soft that day put a filter on it, rub your greasy fingers all over it, or correct it in Post. But you can't get back what you never had. And then there is no consistency to using all these odd ball lenses if you need to change focal length. True Cine lens sets have the same T stop and the same look through the whole lens line other than extremes at each end. Some sets are all exactly the same diameter for ease of focus pulling rigs. There is good, valid reasons Pros use them. Rental Houses don't have a bunch of odd ball lenses in their inventory. Sure for Photo you can use nearly anything. You can spend 4 days in Photoshop fiddling with that one shot if you desire to. Video is a different beast. What good is having 50 odd ball lenses when you really only need 3 or 4 damn good Cine lenses. The total cost in this day and age is probably about the same. Even for Anamorphic I think the Leica Summicron R 50mm f2 is a Way better lens to use than the Helios 44M 58mm f2. The Leica is in a whole different league.
  48. 0 points
    I'm the same way and I get into terrible creative partnerships as a result, but it sounds like you're in a good one! It could have just been someone with the same name, I never sent the suitcase back. But I did google the address and the house there is worth >$4 million and it's in the right part of town so maybe... 😕
  49. -1 points
    Skip77

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    What is 50fps supposed to look like? It's slower then reality. You have a You Tube channel and that's the best way you can describe videoish? Amazing. You saying any footage looks videoish is a put down that is left for people to thing a camera is sub par. Your comments prove this. The grade put on the camera can push the color and tonal values in any direction but you commented on that. The clarity is not over done at all and not "sharpened" or unnatural. You're nothing but biased and your word is not real. I want to trust You Tube influencers but your response to the P4K is amateurish at best. And I just watched S1 with the new update look like iHone garbage compared to the P6K footage I posted. Nothing I said about the P6K footage had to do with the color grade and everything to do with cadence and how it handled motions, background and captured data information. You guys need to read my comment before you use the word videoish. Next time you pick out GH5, S1 and P4K footage make sure you watch out for the motion stutter because it seems like you all have a blind eye when it comes to admitting that those 3 camera have issues in that department. Motion in film is like silk because its capturing real like. Real life doesn't have stutter and jitters. You need to revisit film versus the low end motion and cadence. And then revisit the P6K footage. Motion in film is like silk because its capturing real like. Real life doesn't have stutter and jitters.
  50. -2 points
    Skip77

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

    So now you think you're a snob and bring up global shutter? I know global shutter and it has issues or everyone would use global shutter. Again for the 100th time. My link and post was only about cadence and motion. Feel free to add actual comments to debate that if you like, I welcome that. But don't insult us and make backyard comments about the footage looking videoish. On anther post you'll praise the S1 for it's cinematic look. And stop the b.s. comments that you're making. You said: "I have said more than once that I'm convinced that the P6K can capture cinematic footage." This is such a backhanded compliment that it's mind boggling. What's the deal. I thought you were a straight up down the line guy? Stop with the videoish and I'n certain the 6K can be cinematic. You're turning into a negative influencer. Look at the comment below your original one after my video. One of your sheep chimed in the same way. Again - cadence motion is better on the P6K then the P4K and that was what my link and comment were about.
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