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I’m looking for some suggestions from you guys. I just got a new sigma 18-35 for my pocket 4K and I’m wondering whether I should sell my rokinon lenses (35mm, 14mm, and 85mm) and buy a sigma 50-100. Do any of you guys have any experience with this lens on a MFT camera?

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There is no question that the Sigma 50-100mm lens is a superb lens.

I would definitely recommend that you tried it with the camera first though to see if it is practical for the way you will be working.

It weighs roughly the same as a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 at around 1.5kg (or for context the combined weight of all three of your Rokinon lenses) which makes it a bit of a lump if you are thinking of hand holding.

As neither it nor the camera have any image stabilisation this is also a big drawback in that regard.

Currently (and possibly forever) the Pocket 4K has no focus control of adapted lenses so this is another drawback.

As I say it is a fine lens and unique as an f1.8 zoom that on another MFT camera like a GH5 which has IBIS and focus control of adapted lenses is easy to recommend. 

With the Pocket4K having neither of those features though, it would be a bit more of a cautionary note to evaluate how you will be using it.

If you are using it on a tripod or well balanced shoulder rig then it will be great if you are OK with its shortish throw manual focus. If you can get hold of an Aputure DEC focus controller (either the focal reducer or electronic ND version) then even better .

For handheld though, I think it might be a struggle.

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Well for one thing the grade is pretty bad, and a ND filter is not suppose to change colors at all if it is worth a crap. All it is going to do is let you use a slower shutter speed, or for photo a different aperture for DoF. It should not really help or hurt the grade at all. Now cheap ones tend to shift colors and that is Not what you want. ND filters for video are so you can help keep your 180 degree shutter rule mostly

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yeah the sigma 50-100 is a good match to the 18-35. Both sharp (even wide open), can be adapted to most cameras; very versatile for just a two lens setup! They are very sharp, and I do prefer the look of samyangs a lot of the time... Only downsides for the 50-100 is weight and terrible focus breathing imo.

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Got my camera this week. Added some genuine canon lpe-6n batteries and the camera won’t power on. If I add some pressure to the battery it will. Anyone else see this issue or know how to fix it?

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Best bet with all issues you have is to just call / email BMD. Going through my 2nd RMA with them and they are very helpful. First was for a bad battery door, this one is for the power port becoming faulty. They troubleshoot with you if you call them up and if they can't find a fix they'll ask you to send in your camera and sort it out.

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I decided to bite the bullet and order the Ronin S this week. 

It seems like the most straight forward option for mounting a P4K, comes from a brand with a good reputation, can be bought localy - right now (ease some of my 2018 tax) and for only 549euros.

I have my finger on the BUY NOW button, shall I proceed?!

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Go for it. That way you don't have to worry about what cage you have, or not having to use some really light lens. Other than well size and weight it is a no brainier I think for the money they cost now. Might as well have the best for really the same money or close to it than less featured products.

And you can use it for a full sized DSLR if you want to, or even a C100 stripped down. None of them are stealth, or weigh next to nothing..

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hi guys, how are you all?

 

I'm getting crazy watching videos since a month, comparing cameras, prices, rigs...really getting crazy.

I sold my camera and some lenses to buy the Pocket cinema camera 4k, but now I'm really not decided. I used to work shooting anything they asked me to make some money, i am a dslr guy with 10 years experience now. I want to go on and have a good, raw 4 k camera and i thought the BMPPC 4k would be perfect, but most of the videos i see on internet scare me. 

I want to start a movie project with some actors, and this camera doesn't look cinematic at all. In really few cases it gave me the cinematic feeling. 

I'm on ebay and i see some Ursa mini 4K are selling at around 1300 euros. Also, there are many Blackmagic Production Camera 4k at less than 1000. I'm really confused, I'd love the ursa mini for the ergonomics but i can't go above that price, the Production camera is an ergonomic nightmare and i hate the fact you cannot use it handheld, but is cheaper.

If you could choose between a Ursa Mini 4k, BMPCC 4k (both at around 1300-1400 euros) and BMPC 4k (at 800) for my kind of project, considering the money you have to spend to add cards, ssds, etc, what would you buy?

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"Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shipping update

Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:17 pm

Hi,

Here’s a quick Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shipment update.

We noticed that some resellers have been telling customers that there are no shipments of cameras from us until the end of the year, or even until early next year. That is incorrect as cameras are still being shipped out very regularly to our distributors.

We are also building cameras as fast as our component suppliers can keep up, and have already shipped many thousands of cameras worldwide. However, we have also received a lot of orders in the meantime so we are doing everything we can to fulfill these orders as soon as we can."

Thousands of cameras already in late October. This thing is a huge success already.

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6 hours ago, Kisaha said:

"Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shipping update

Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:17 pm

Hi,

Here’s a quick Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shipment update.

We noticed that some resellers have been telling customers that there are no shipments of cameras from us until the end of the year, or even until early next year. That is incorrect as cameras are still being shipped out very regularly to our distributors.

We are also building cameras as fast as our component suppliers can keep up, and have already shipped many thousands of cameras worldwide. However, we have also received a lot of orders in the meantime so we are doing everything we can to fulfill these orders as soon as we can."

Thousands of cameras already in late October. This thing is a huge success already.

two elton john songs are appropriate at this time,  i'm still waiting, er i mean standing and i guess thats why they call it the blues,😢

what is it eight days to xmas ? my November early December is delivery is  looking rather optimistic. i even have the samsung 1t t5 here ready to go not to mention a couple of lens adapters. just need a camera

 

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On 12/13/2018 at 3:08 PM, TurboRat said:

He graded this beautifully! But I think he can achieve the same images with the P4k, just not the same workflow with what he usually does with his micro

This has been said over and over but is not true. None of the BMP4K images come close. They're not even in the same realm in my opinion. 

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12 minutes ago, webrunner5 said:

You don't get a dongle when buying the BMP4K - the Resolve Studio software comes on a SD card in the box. inside the SD card holder is a card with the activation code. You can also download the Resolve studio software from BM website, by using the same code to unlock and register.

If reselling camera and Resolve studio, you can simply deactivate the activation inside Resolve and pass over to a new owner to re-activate.

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11 hours ago, BenEricson said:

This has been said over and over but is not true. None of the BMP4K images come close. They're not even in the same realm in my opinion. 

I also hear the same sentiments from bmpcc owners. So is this a unique Blackmagic micro look or all the older Blackmagic cameras produce a better look & feel than the current P4K?

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