Canon 100mm Macro on my BMCC
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If you've seen my other post it is amazing what the camera actually seems to get off the sensor in 1920x1080, decent amount of DR and good detail, the compression engine seems to work well (at least for the soft, low DR signal it is fed) but why does it get fed a soft, low DR signal when the ML test implies that their is some much more awesome quality coming off the sensor at 24fps? Maybe that source is too slow to actually feed the video engine? But it seems like that IS the source that then gets played with and fed into the compression engine.
Just a shame to spend what is nearly enough for a sachtler ace and to buy suy something markedly inferior. We really are not talking a whole lot more money in the scheme of things. And I maintain that it's a false economy. I use a vinten protouch 5 for my eng, and used to use a 055/438/501 combo for my hdv and dslr. The ace isn't without a couple of niggles, but the movements and ramping are superlative in comparison. If you are going to spend half decent money on a tripod then i think it only makes sense to buy a half decent tripod. For 30% more cash you get something 100% better.
I think its a false economy, but its your cash, you asked for an opinion, that's mine.
A decent tripod is the core of your system, and will be supporting your 5dmkIV, your 5dmkV, your 5DmkVI etc.
If you ever try an ace you'll want one, and you'll kick yourself as your $300 had you half way there just about.
I shot with the BMCC for one weekend and the resulting files were ridiculously huge and my 3.4 i7 iMac with SSD's/32GB RAM/2GB Video/Thunderbolt Drives could barely even play them. I wouldn't shoot 2.5K on that thing unless I was trying to make some award winning stuff, it's just not worth it.
To me it seems like Blackmagic Design priced the production cam that way to discourage people from buying the BMCC. They are taking the old BMCC bodies, putting in the new sensor and slapping a 4K sticker on it and taking the old sensors and putting them in the Pocket cams, it's pretty genius really.
Either way any of the cameras mentioned here can produce great images if used correctly, but the BMPC has the specs I've been looking for and at a ridiculously low price.
I would seriously consider waiting on the Blackmagic Production cam, it's definitely going to ship in July and a lot more camera for less than $1k more. I preordered it and the pocket cam, both are going to be stellar.
They have made a lot of promises, and for every promise, later a excuse. I'd take a wait and see approach to see if they can actually produce and support them. Companies often have a tough time delivering on the hype.
Yep, and I honestly don't expect any Canon DSLR to ever shoot in RAW.