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  1. For the benefit of others who might be considering these lenses with a BM Micro Cinema Camera the following all work with Iris control when connected to the EF to BMPCC Speedbooster - Canon EF 17-40mm, Canon EF 50mm Macro, Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 Non IS version and the Canon EF 500mm f4.5 (pre f4 IS version) which is a superb wildlife filming lens and very portable with the micro.

  2. 2 hours ago, jonpais said:

    Thanks for the heads up!

    So with firmware version 1.50 5D RC2 the Cranes payload shifts to between 1200g and 1800g.

    Why they didn't just allow the original lower threshold of 350g seems odd but perhaps, as the firmware name suggests, this firmware version is geared towards 5D body style users??

    On 21/11/2016 at 1:22 AM, Eisber said:

    Is 5D Mark IV together with the Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art (total weight 1890g) pushing the limits too much? Im not sure if the weight is enough center balanced or not. 

    Also I'd like to remote control the 5D from a smart phone (focus,...). Anyone come across a mount that can be combined with the gimbal?

    You could be pushing it there.

    I notice on the Zhiyun page for the Cranes parameters ( http://www.zhiyun-tech.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=132&id=177 )

    it mentions 70mm for the max. payload lens. It is not very clear but that could refer to the max.physical length of a lens.

  3. 18 hours ago, Santiago de la Rosa said:

    Could you please check my account? It´s Jamel56. I was never activated.

    Thank you

    OK just checked the members list and I can confirm you are not listed.

    It can take 3 or 4 weeks...have you been waiting longer?

  4. 21 hours ago, BasiliskFilm said:

    Effect on camera technology? They are all going to have to create a new white balance setting to be in with a chance of giving Trump a credible skin tone...

    Possibly a trump filter? Probably should make it variable too as some of those TV show make up artists just suck!

    (come to think of it a trump filter sounds like its for something else!)

  5. Ive come across an issue, the ProResHQ files don't playback in Quicktime when they come straight out the camera (tried 2 different sandisk extreme pro 64gb sdxc cards in the camera).

    I have to convert them to another ProResHQ file in a convertor. Is my camera creating bad files?

  6. 22 minutes ago, tupp said:

    I disagree here.  A lot of shooting is done with clients and directors, and video village is usually a necessity in such situations.


    By the way, use of an EVF or a monitor is not mutually exclusive.  In fact, when an EVF is in use, there is almost always at least one monitor somewhere for others to see the shot, even on-camera.  The EVF is for the operator and the on-camera monitor is for the focus puller and/or director/DP, along with another monitor for the  client (in video village).  Multiple monitors are commonplace on medium or larger shoots.

    Sure, I can see you can use an evf and monitor both but for the conditions and purpose I have specified I think my money is going on a decent evf, particularly when out in the field.

  7. 56 minutes ago, tupp said:

    That's like asking, "do you eat salad."



    I use a monitor (and eat salad) on occasion, and frequently.  When one is shooting with a client or with a director, a monitor is usually necessary (at least with the main camera).  A client/director monitor is usually 7" or bigger, and it sometimes gets some sort of video village, anti-glare set-up or a hood, especially if it is at a daytime exterior.  When possible, it is nice to have a huge monitor next to the camera for the focus puller.



    If I am shooting solo, I prefer to travel extremely light, so I generally use the camera LCD and a viewfinder (loupe) and jettison the monitor.  I use the weight savings to carry extra lighting gear.  Also, with no monitor (nor EVF) mounted to a cage, I can use smaller, lighter tripod/head.  I recently shot pick-ups with a director who was cool with such a minimal set-up.

    Like asking "do you eat salad?"...not really, given I mentioned earlier about focussing in bright conditions, some might use a bright display quite happily whereas others (prob most) stick with an evf. Different people like to operate with different setups depending on their needs. Enjoy that salad!

    Appreciate your info on how you shoot.



  8. 13 hours ago, tupp said:

    Yes. They have their place -- especially if you want to frame and focus in bright sunlight, which is the primary purpose of a viewfinder.



    Not sure what you are after.  You don't accept a 3.5" viewfinder, yet you accept a 5" monitor.

    Thanks for your post Tupp.

    I was hoping to find a bright small display, the brighter monitor output choices seem to start with the 5 inch displays.

  9. I realise many are using the speed booster by MB but whats with the plain vanilla T smart adapter (http://www.metabones.com/products/details/MB_EF-m43-BT2), does it fit the Micro Cinema camera?

    I have a Canon ef 17-40mm, ef 70-200mm f2.8 non IS, and a ef 500mm f4.5 non IS (which I understand needs a powered or active mount to even enable manual focus)

    I would love to use these or at the very least the 70-200mm non is 2.8, anyone know of the compatibility of any of these? ( I know their not on the MB site list)



    I did post this above but not sure as many will notice.

  10. 1 hour ago, Phil A said:

    How would you expect to keep the BMMCC setup small using the Ursa EVF? You'd need a HDMI to SDI converter for the video signal and you need to power the EVF via XLR. So you're now at BMMCC + shoulder rig + a small HDMI-SDI converter like the Atomos ones + a V mount battery to power everything. That's not what I'd consider compact. Same for the Zacuto Gratical Eye, it doesn't take HDMI and needs external power via 2 pin lemo.

    I'd go BMMCC + SmallHD 501 + SmallHD side finder. Both runs on LP-E6 batteries, too.

    Yes it would be bulking it out, I haven't looked into all the variables of providing power via the smallest battery possible nor the smallest convertor. I originally looked at the Gratical X as its powered by an LPE6 battery. The SmallHD 501 with 'Sidefinder' does look interesting I agree. What do you use?

  11. I can't comment on the lower budget Feelworld 350 nor any of the other 3.5 inch (thereabouts) screen evfs such as those made by Cineroid, Alphatron or the Zacuto flip ups etc. No doubt they have their place, but for a BM Micro Cinema camera to keep things relatively small, the Oled evfs seem to be best suited, albeit at a high price. The ursa evf or the Zacuto Eye are the only players, I think. Redrock Micro ventured into an evf once 5 years or so ago but it didn't happen oddly enough. There is definitely a gap to be filled.

    Obviously, an external monitor also has its benefits, as far as I'm concerned I want to keep it small, max 5 inch screen for the Micro. I have been waiting for a Lilliput Q5 but they seem to be taking an age to get released and they aren't for sale yet, not here anyway. The iKan VL35 (315 nits) and the DH5e (450 nits) are also interesting. I will buy one these first and avoid the SmallHD 5 series as their price is high and not too far from an Oled evf.

    I suppose the other route given the high cost of Oled evfs is a 1000 nit or higher external monitor, like the SmallHD 'Brite' or even the Atoms Ninja/Shogun Flame/Inferno with their 1500 nits. But we are getting into 7 inch screen sizes now and perhaps a little too far from the compactness being sought for the Micro camera.

    No matter which way you look at things a compromise is always required.


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