“Hurt Locker” lens Canon 8-64mm T2.4 PL zoom – perfect companion for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

UPDATE: Shane now seems to say it vignettes at 8-12mm. Take all this with a pinch of salt until he makes his mind up

Usually most Super 16mm cinema glass won’t cover the larger sensor in the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The sensor is closer in size to the Panasonic GH3. However Shane Hurlbut has had a rather useful discovery, in shooting with the Canon 8-64mm F2.4 on the BMCC he found it covers the sensor just fine without vignetting.

Canon 8-64mm T2.4 PL / Arri on eBay US

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera goes anamorphic with the Isco CentaVision 2x

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If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens, I’d choose the $20 Helios 44M-2 and anamorphic adapter. OK that is technically two lenses but I’d fire all my other lenses at a brick wall at 200mph if it meant keeping hold of the Isco CentaVision 2x anamorphic.

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SlashCAM conclude Blackmagic Cinema Camera review, compares to Canon C300

Above: ReWo caged Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Review of the cages for the BMCC is coming soon (click image to enlarge)

SlashCAM here in Berlin have been putting their expertise to work on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. They also had the opportunity to compare their regular test shots with new shots from the Blackmagic. As you can see in the example after the break, the blacks are far cleaner in post than material shot on the Canon C300.

SlashCAM have tested an enormous range of camcorders and cameras over the last 10 years. Here they’ve tested all the important aspects of the BMCC’s performance in detail, such as rolling shutter, dynamic range, etc.

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Switronix PB70 BMCC external battery review

You can find the Switronix PB70 for Blackmagic Cinema Camera at Adorama for $299

When the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced at NAB many DSLR users were quite concerned by the lack of interchangeable battery and the short 1 hour run time on one charge.

In practical reality it is one of the best features.

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Could this be the perfect sensor for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Mark II?

UPDATE: pricing is under $1700 per sensor

The company resonsible for the full frame 35mm CMOS sensor in the new Leica M have made a Super 35mm video version of the technology.

Above is the CMV12000 scientific sensor by European company CMOSIS – it has amazing potential in a cinema camera.

  1. Super 35mm / APS-C sized
  2. 4K raw at 12bit (90fps) and 10bit (150fps)
  3. 4:3 anamorphic 4,096 x 3,072
  4. Global shutter

This part is ready to be mass produced and is available off the shelf.

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The EOSHD Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shootout

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In a joint shootout with Slashcam in Berlin, EOSHD put the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a bear pit against all rivalling cameras between $500 and $4000.

It was a clear day and the results are just as stark. Download the full 2.5K shootout video. Here’s my verdict on which camera you should buy – based purely on image quality.

The following cameras are in this test:

  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera (retail)
  • Panasonic GH3 (pre-production v0.5)
  • Panasonic GH2 (hacked)
  • Sony FS100
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Sony NEX VG-900 (full frame E-mount camcorder)

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