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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 15, 2013, 12:20:53 PM »
The Blackmagic Design cameras are pretty awesome for what they are and how they've burst onto the video market, but for us Windows-based PC owners without a brand new Thunderbolt input device, they're useless. I don't even think that a stand-alone SSD reader exists, so that puts the kibosh on my interest. As if I have the cash-ola to spend anyways!  ::)

I'm a Windows-only user at the moment and have no problems working with my Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera (BMCC). You can read ProRes in Windows. BMD's DaVinci Resolve is on Windows. My BMCC uses exFat-formatted SSD drives. Thunderbolt is only used for monitoring and scopes while recording and is not necessary (or even used) for ingesting video from the camera.

All the praise of the BMCC and the anticipated new cameras that I'm reading here is well-deserved. My wife has a 5D Mark III for stills shooting. I borrowed it for video shooting quite a bit and was about ready to buy one until I started fancying a BMCC. I'm very glad I didn't buy another 5D Mark III. The BMCC is so far beyond a DSLR that I don't know if I'll ever pick up a DSLR for video again, especially after my BM Pocket Camera arrives.

As someone said earlier, ask a stills photog if they would ever give up raw. Once you have it in video, you won't want to either.

And, the 4:2:2 modes on the BMCC blow away my Canons in resolution and color.

I've ordered both new cameras, but will probably cancel the 4k. I really don't have a need for it. The Pocket cam will solve one issue that I don't like about the BMCC vs. a DSLR: the BMCC's form factor is not "handheld-friendly". Like Cayenne, I plan to buy one MFT lens (the Panny 12-35 with IS) and use the cam as a "walking around" cam. If an active-MFT to active-EF adapter comes out, all the better so I can use all my EF-mount glass.

A correction to something in this thread. The BMCC does suffer from moire. However, because it resolves so much detail, it is actually possible to reduce the effects of the moire and clean it up nicely, mostly through chroma blur. In doing so, the moire isn't bothersome to me on this camera, when it was something I just hated about some DSLRs.

There is a reason that BMD has stolen the show at NAB two years in a row. They're delivering what people want.

The next traditional companies that need to start worrying are the Adobe's and Apple's: BMD's DaVinci Resolve might end up replacing their post tools. Resolve is amazing.

Please give us a good review when you get the BM camera(s)!!

I've never been one to test the water with both feet so to speak.....so, I'm gonna let a few of the pocket BM cameras come out, and find what people like about them, difficulties, and most importantly to me...what they find are the best lenses to get for it.

I would like to use as much of my EF glass with it I could (with an adaptor that hopefully would work), but I do realize that I'll need something MUCH wider to add with that to make the camera useful in more situations.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:43:50 PM »
Is there an adapter that allows me to put my Canon lenses on this camera?

The answer is:

The camera will only be available in EF mount

So you won't need any adapter for your Canon lenses in combination with this camera. The 1000$ will come along with a mft-mount - so you can easily adapt your EF-lenses to the BM Cinema Pocket Camera too.

Well, as for the mini 'pocket' camera. It has a powered MFT mount. Now, from what I've heard, there is a MFT to EF adaptor. I'm curious if it will work with either autofocus or iris control?

The original BM camera, comes with a choice of powered EF, but the MFT on that camera, is NOT powered, so not only is focus manual, but so is iris control.

I'm curious with the pocket MFT, since it is powered...will work with EF lenses with an adaptor myself!!!

If so, I'm thinking ONE MFT lens..something in the 12mm-35mm, which on that sensor, would be about equivalent to 24-70mm on the EF side....that with my current cannon glass would be a great deal for me and I'd jump into the new camera immediately as a 2nd camera for my shots...


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »
Can someone give a short primer on MFT lenses/mounts?

What is good/bad about them? What are good lenses? Does canon make MFT lenses?

I'm only familiar with EF lenses so far...wondering what to look for if I take the plunge on that new small BM camera. It says the MFT is powered, is there some adapter that I could put on that to use my Canon EF glass? Would it autofocus? Powered aperture?

What is pricing like on MFT lenses...what is the first one or two focal lengths to get for one?

Thanks in advance,


Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:05:25 AM »
I found that this video from Adorama explained a LOT..and it is using the new Canon 24mm tilt shift lens.

Using a Tilt Shift Lens: Ep 204: Digital Photography 1 on 1 Small | Large

I'm saving for one of these babies myself!!

Hope this helps ya,


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:56:47 PM »
The Blackmagic pocketcam also looks like a neat tool to add. A 1000 bucks is kinda cool.

THAT was the one that caught MY attention!!!

I'm thinking for under a grand, this is going to likely be my immediate 2nd camera for video...that with my 5D3 will work great for shoots I would think.

I need to research the MFT lenses tho...on the site BM seems to promote them as plentiful in manufacture and focal lengths, etc.

All I know about are Canon EF lenses...so, needing to know what to find, how much this set of lenses will be and what focal lengths would be best to start with....

I did note that this mini BM camera, has powered MFT..which the original camera apparently does not..so, on the original, there is no auto iris adjustment....

I'm wondering on this mini too..since it is powered..is there an adapter for MFT to EF canon lenses..so I might could use some of the glass I currently have on the new mini BM camera.

Can anyone give me links or a small primer on MFT mounts, how they differ from EF...and what focal lengths work on it vs my 5D3?

Thanks in advance,


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Microphone recommendations?
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:50:11 PM »
Would purchasing an external recorder be a better solutioon to recording such as a tascam h1 or should i just buy a shotgun mic? I am using a t3i and a 6d

Well, starting out...if $$ is a concern, get the good rode mic to run off the camera. The video mic and video mic pro, are both nice shotgun type mics and I find it doesn't pick up noise from he camera and is quite directional and only pics up what it is pointed at.

I'd say start with that (I did).  I happen to have an older Zoom H2...which I'm going to be hooking to the Rode Stereo Video Mic Pro I recently purchased. So, I will be recording off camera with the stereo mic, but still using the on camera rode video mike as my reference sound.

I got  Pluraleyes3 free with that purchase of the Rode Stereo video mic...so, that makes sync'ing multiple sources of audio (and video too) a snap. 

If you are interested in seeing this product work, take a look:


My next purchases, especially if I start doing video for say weddings, or other uses..I'll buy maybe a couple of maybe roland digital recorders and good lavs, to hook to the talent / groom  hit record and let it go during the event..using my on camera and stand mounted rode mikes as backup...and external sound to mix as needed.

At least...this is this noobs plan of attack.




Great...I just bought the VF-3....it is in the mail, and they come out with a VF-4???


 Same here, but I'm happy with it none the less .

Mine just came in the box today. I've not opened it yet.

Is the Canon 5D3 a 3.2 viewer...that the new VF-4 would fit the 5D3 better?  In the videos I saw of the VF3..seemed it was a very tight fit but you could see the full viewfinder...?

Hmm...decisions, decisions. Also, guessing now...that this sale price (I got mine for $120) was due to this new version being released??  Is the VF4 available now? Price'?

I'll look too...but input appreciated.


Thanks again and please "like" the video on youtube as it's been entered in a contest =)

Done.  ;)

Done here too.


New Carry Speed VF-4...


Great...I just bought the VF-3....it is in the mail, and they come out with a VF-4???


Very Nice,

What did you use to keep the camera/equipment dry while filming the wet scenes?


Video & Movie / Re: Tom's Kitchen - 5DMkIII mini-doc
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:03:03 PM »
Hey all,

here's a mini-doc about a chef and his underground restaurant that I shot on a Canon 5DMkIII:



WOW!!!  Fantastic!!

D@mn...I have about the same equipment, a 5D3, rode mic...etc, but I can't seem to get anywhere as close to a good look as you get here!!  Very cinematic looking...

What do you use for lighting? What lenses did you use? What did you use for color grading? Editing?

Did you grade for more 'blue' cooler look, or was a lot of that caught in camera?

Can you go into details of your shoot, workflow for editing/grading?

Again, VERY impressive!!  Any details on your shoot and work greatly appreciated by those of us learning!!!



That was indeed VERY impressive!!!!

What lens(es) did you use?

What did you edit with?

What did you use for color correction?

Again, very impressive.....

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:17:08 PM »

Taken with 7D & 10-22mm

I love the one with the little kid on the gnarly tree with his hands in the air.

Made me smile....and remember that life is GOOD!!

Great shot, thanks for sharing!!!

Cayenne    ;D


Ok, I bought one too.....looked too interesting!!

I can't film myself for my cooking show without my glasses...due to having to see the Live View for focusing.

In my contacts, my farsightedness is hitting me...so, this way, I can use my contacts, and can use the diopter along with the magnification on the camera to now be able to view and focus for my set ups!!

I'll let ya'll know how it works out.

I got it for $120 shipped on Amazon.


Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:19:25 AM »

Thank you very much and I agree my
post processing skills need A LOT of
work, I've only started doing "processing"
in the last year'ish.

I've added to my list of "gear" to buy for this
hobby of mine, Adobe Lightroom.  Just not now,
I'm strapped for cash and a new lens is at the top
of the list.

I also agree photomatix ONLY works in JPEG and
well I know I'm loosing LOTS of sharpness when I
use DPP to convert from CR2 to JPEG.  Does Adobe
LR work in RAW?  Can you process HDR in Adobe LR?

Thanks for taking the time to work on this, it's one
thing to be a critic, it's another and more admirable
to actually help a guy and check his actual product
and work with that product to help INVESTIGATE the
root cause.

+100 to wickidwombat !   :)

Peace! 8)


If it helps, you can do what I'm about to do.

I'm going to sign up to "enroll" at a local community college locally.  I'll pay $50 for the registration fee and they'll give me a EDU photo id.

With this, I can then buy the Adobe products with the HUGE educational discount.  I'm going for the full blown CS6 Production Suite...I can get it for like $499 regular price like $1499 or so (I'll have to go look for exact #'s).

But even if you only want one or two programs, this is a good way to get a HUGE discount.

And yes, I've read the TOS, and even with educational version, you are perfectly free and legal to use it for money making commercial uses.

So, for a bit of time, a $50 investment, you'll be able to get a lot of all sorts of software for a substantial educational discount.

Just registering for school and getting the ID, you needing even sign up to take a course in most places to get the ID.



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