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  1. When connected with one Nucleus Nano motor how does the power supply work? Can I plug the AFX into the pocket USB-C out and then the cable from the AFX will provide power to the motor as well or do they each need separate power supplies? Sorry, couldn't find that specific answer on the Indiegogo page.

  2. I recently converted my Blackmagic 6K Pro to PL mount with the Wooden Camera Mount Modification kit, so now I am looking for some modern highspeed PL-mount S35 lenses. It seems like there has been resurgence of low-cost fullframe PL lenses (DZOFilm, Meike, Laowa, SLRmagic) but those all start at T2.1 and cover full frame. Since the Xeens (which I personally do not really like) has there been any recent developments for high speed S35 PL-glass in that price segment? Or is everyone moving on to full frame to future proof their purchases?

  3. Just a quick update on batteries. In a very unscientific test I compared the Patona 3500 mah against the Blackmagic branded ones. Recording to CFast at 50% screen brightness I got 65 minutes out of the Patona vs 70 minutes from the Blackmagic ones. At less than a third of the price thats good enough for me. Both being over a solid hour is the real story here for me, love that BMD finally got this right.

  4. 1 hour ago, SteveV4D said:

    I emailed WEX to tell them that someone in the UK was getting theirs soon and asking if they had a possible ETA for mine, and they rather rudely replied that no one in the UK has the cameras and anyone saying to the contrary is lying.  🙄🙄🙄  I should have stuck with CVP.  

    Hah I feel your pain. I found an Italian reseller (since all the German ones were out) that promised last week he would get stock on Monday and ship me one of those cameras. Since then the shipment has been stuck in customs at Dover apparently and my hopes to use the camera this weekend on a shoot are slowly fading..

  5. 3 hours ago, Fairkid said:

    Hi Paul, can I ask where you found the 3500mah Patina batteries. Hoping to get my unit from CVP in the next week. Thanks. 

    Not sure if I am allowed to post Ebay links here, but there is a German reseller on Ebay that sells them. I am sure they are available in UK as well. They are called PATONA PROTECT Sony NP-F550 F330 F530 F750 F930 F920 F550. As far as my research went is that F550 and F570 are identical in sizing and only differentiated by capacity. They cost me 15 Euros a piece which is significantly less than the BMD branded ones, so even if they hold a little less charge I think they'll still be worthwhile.

    Just wanted to share my research on NP-F chargers as well, if you're considering exclusively power the camera this way like I do. I did a deep search on fast charging NP-F chargers, and all I could find were 2A chargers, that frequently distributed their charge as multiple batteries were attached, dropping down to 1A or 0.5A. So I found this charger from Kinefinity that charges two NP-Fs at 2A and if only one is attached it even charges at 3A. It is kinda pricy (79 EUR plus VAT) without the USB-C cable, but I decided it to be worthwhile, as it in theory keeps the camera running in definitely with only four batteries, as charge time for on NP-F is 60 mins and 90 for 2. According to John Brawley the camera gets around 70 minutes of recording time on a single battery when recording to CFast.

  6. This AF and IBIS question always pops up with BMD and is starting to feel redundant. I don't think it will ever happen in a Blackmagic Camera for the following reasons:

    - Blackmagic is cine-oriented towards workflows where these features are not needed
    - IBIS and internal NDs are largely incompatible, BMD has chosen the latter
    - Good AF requires a large amount of R&D, patents and/or licensing - BMD neither has the patents nor have they shown any interest to pay for licensing - this is to keep their products cheap.

    2 hours ago, independent said:

    Autofocus is not necessary for many reasons. It's also necessary for many reasons.

    This is a perfect summary of the subject and it actually made laugh, because it's so simple and to the point. May I add to that. Many cameras have good autofocus. Many cameras have not. This one doesn't and won't unless there are rapid technological advances (LIDAR or similar) and BMD decides to incorporate them.

  7. Hey Emanuel - is this available to test or rent anywhere in Germany (preferably Berlin) ? Happy to pay for the rental as well, I would just like to test it out for a weekend to figure out if it works for me or not, before I invest in it.

  8. 5 hours ago, heart0less said:


    For starters, I recommend taking a look at these videos:



    Thanks for the links - but  those are the old cinemodded versions, not the full rehouse. I am looking for advice on the new ones, released last fall, however seemingly in very small quantities (I was quoted 2-3 months when I enquired..).

    33 minutes ago, Tito Ferradans said:

    I'm trying to shoot my tests with the rehoused Helios today so I can put the video up next weekend! Subscribe to the channel if you haven't yet!


    Right on point, my friend. :)

    Oh great, how is your impression of the mechanics say compared to a Compact Prime? I heard that the front still extends a little outwards on focussing? How are the focus marks? I've heard they have improved those since the initial release.. Also, do you have any of the other rehouses? Particularly interested in the 20mm, since they do them (they confirmed via email), but can't find any pictures of them anywhere.

  9. Hello everyone,

    Great to see that there is a dedicated lens section on this lovely forum now!

    Ironglass, a Ukraine company, that has been offering cinemodded Russian lenses (such as the Helios 44-2) for a number of years is now offering a completely rehoused version of their lenses. I bought the original cinemods back in 2018 and am now thinking of upgrading. So I am familiar with their optical performance, however I would be interested if anyone here has seen these up close and can speak to their mechanical capacity, i.e. how well the rehouse is done. I've seen a number of announcements around the web from last fall, but no real hands-on reviews.

    I'd be really grateful for anyone experiences on these!

  10. @Anaconda_ the Nomis seem pretty bulky - I am looking for the new, more compact versions..

    @Mike Mgee interesting - yes I've seen those around and the price looks pretty affordable! I currently have an offer to buy two Patona V-Mounts for 120 a piece, which would be even cheaper than the prices I am finding for the rebrands that you posted.. Gonna keep looking around.

    @JordanWright yes the Fxlion Nano Two looks amazing and I love the USB-C, however I can't seem to justify the significant markup just yet. The lowest I can find them at is 250, which is more than double what I would pay for ones without the USB-C. However they would negate the need for a USB-C to D-Tap adapter.. hmm

    18 hours ago, Paul Jonathan said:

    Also anyone come across a good USB-C to P-tap/D-tap Adapter? That would turn these V-mounts into a powerbank that could power pretty much anything.


    Thanks for all the responses everyone - super helpful :)

  11. Hey everyone,

    with the advent of the new compact-size V-mounts I was wondering what everyone's favorite brands are and if people can recommend anyone in particular?


    - 95 or 98Wh, i.e. airline approved
    - D-Tap & USB Output
    - Compact dimensions & weight

    Also anyone come across a good USB-C to P-tap/D-tap Adapter? That would turn these V-mounts into a powerbank that could power pretty much anything.


  12. This thread seems to be getting waaaay off-topic, this is about video editing on the new 16" MBP, not the old windows vs mac or laptop vs tower discussion, smh..

    So if anyone is actually in possession of the new Macbook Pro and can share some experiences regarding workflow in FCP, Premiere and DaVinci that would be very interesting, in particular in regards to the different configurations offered.

  13. Dimitris, there seems to a simple software fix posted on the Macrumors forum, did that work for you?


    On YouTube someone has found a temporary fix until Apple patches this issue. Its pretty simple - open QuickTime - Select 'New Audio Recording' from the File menu (you don't need to start the recording). Minimize QuickTime and the popping problem goes away in whatever application you're using.


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