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  1. Tim McC

    Post photos of your anamorphic rig!

    Sankor 16c with an SLR Magic Rangefinder in front of a Nikon 50mm 1.4
  2. Tim McC

    Ways to avoid white Vignetting?

    It's not a bug. It's a feature.
  3. Tim McC

    Anamorphic Music Video (GH5 + Sankor 16C)

    The difference is between a 5K 4:3 image (on the GH5) and cropping a 4K 16:9 image down to 3K (on any other camera).
  4. Tim McC

    Anamorphic Music Video (GH5 + Sankor 16C)

    Yes, you put both taking lens and Sankor to infinity and then focus with the Rangefinder. Otherwise, you'll be focusing the Sankor to your ballpark length and then finding focus with your taking lens. It gets easier with practice, but you'll eventually want to invest in the Rangefinder. Yes, you'll need an anamorphic clamp. I recommend the RedStan clamps. They are by far the best. Yes, to hold the follow focus, which was manipulating the Rangefinder. The Sankor is one of the cheapest vintage anamorphics you can find. It's the ideal place to start, especially if you already have a GH5.
  5. Tim McC

    Anamorphic Music Video (GH5 + Sankor 16C)

    I do recommend it. You can see that there is some slight vignetting at 50mm, so at 58mm on the Helios, you should be just fine. I like the white barrel flares, but not everyone does. I'm using a SLR magic rangefinder in front of the Sankor, so that helps a great deal.
  6. Shot on the GH5 in 6k mode (it's really only 5k, but who can complain?) with the Sankor 16c in front of a Nikon 50mm f1.4.
  7. Tim McC

    Iscorama 36 and Iscorama Cinegon films

    I shot this film with the Iscorama Cinegon in front of a Nikon 35-70mm f2.8 on the Blackmagic Pocket (with speedbooster). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUKUjofFbI4
  8. Tim McC

    BMPC 4k vs. GH5

    I had the same question a few months ago, and ended up going with the GH5. I was specifically attracted to the anamorphic mode to use with a 2x lens (Sankor 16c + SLR Magic Rangefinder). The GH5 is the first camera I've used the Sankor with that got an acceptably sharp image. (And I don't have to cut off the sides, I can see the image de-squeezed in the camera, etc.) Yes, I would much rather have ProRes (or raw) files than the compressed codec the GH5 gives me, but the overall usability of the camera for anamorphic shooting is absolutely fantastic.
  9. Tim McC

    NAB 2018 blackmagic expectations

    Digital Bolex is done, but we can still hope for a BMPCC that does 4K.
  10. Tim McC

    NAB 2018 blackmagic expectations

    I certainly wouldn't buy a new camera in 2018 that didn't do 4K. But I think that there is still a market for an S16 sized sensor with film-like dynamic range, since there are so many lenses available that otherwise can't be used. Also, Metabones already has a speedbooster available for that size sensor. But I guess it comes down to technical limitations, overheating, etc.
  11. Tim McC

    NAB 2018 blackmagic expectations

    I'm still holding out hope for a Pocket mk ii. S16 sensor size that records in 4k, ProRes and raw, with the same dynamic range as the current model. Improved battery life would be nice, but we can't have everything, can we?
  12. Tim McC

    What are the best cleanest taking lenses?

    I've found Nikon Ais primes to be the sharpest and sturdiest taking lenses. The 50mm 1.4 in particular is very useful.
  13. If they could just put a Digital Bolex type sensor in a pocket body, for $1500, I'd buy one tomorrow.
  14. The BMPCC was the best $500 I ever spent. I'd gladly pay in the $1500 range for a Pocket mk 2. that does 4k in prores, even if the sensor stays the same size. Higher frame rates (like the GH5) would be nice too. The BMPCC fills the niche that 16mm film left behind, and can use all the same lenses. There has to be a market for an updated version.
  15. Tim McC

    Panasonic GH5 - all is revealed!

    But will I be able to use my Blackmagic Pocket Speedbooster on this one like with the GH4?