I'm really happy I got to shoot for a few days with this camera. I learned so much in a short amount of time, and I filled up many hard drives with RAW footage. So much to say about this camera, but honestly it's all been said already in the various forums. For my part I found the BMC impossible to focus accurately with just the touch screen. Yes you can double tap to zoom in, but the focus peaking isn't the greatest and with that glossy screen you mostly just see your own reflection and finger prints. I tried this on my shoulder rig down at the LA River during the day and it was a complete waste of time. I got a few good shots but that was pure luck. The 4 rating is for the fact that I feel you pretty much need to also have an EVF or monitor in order to effectively use this camera. I rented the Rokinon 35mm Cine Prime to shoot with and I love that lens. Run and gun style was not so good, but I shot 2 episodes of a webseries almost exclusively with this lens on the BMC and it was a total dream! All studio work with controlled conditions and I have nothing but love for this combo. I really want to try the rest of the Rokinon cine prime set. I also had the Tokina 11-16 and the talk about it being soft on the BMC is very true. No infinity focus when the lens is wide open. I was able to use it on a few shots but I had to bring in a couple more 1k's so I could stop down. I did put it on my DSLR and loved it. Shot some sunset landscapes with it off my friend's 11th story balcony and those were really sweet. In all, just be aware that you'll need a lot of storage space if shooting RAW, you're going to want a monitoring solution, and if you plan on run and gunning you better have a battery solution too. And if you've never shot RAW video before be prepared for a serious learning curve. Thanks Borrowlenses. It was fun to turn some heads while shooting around town with this.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
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Notes: A lens is NOT included with this camera. SSD cards are NOT included. This camera has a 2.4 crop factor. This camera
Record 2.5K RAW video with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, an innovative, high-resolution video camera in a compact, portable aluminum enclosure. This contemporary camera incorporates a Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lens mount for a variety of optical options. Capture footage with an amazing dynamic range of up to 13 stops. Store metadata information, expand focus and active peaking using the five inch LCD 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen. Integrated lithium-ion battery power lasts approximately 90 minutes. 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K records about 30 minutes of 24p video on 256 GB SSD. Compressed HD records more than 5 times the amount.
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Love this camera! We rented it for a documentary shoot along with the Canon Fish-Eye Lens, ND filters and Redrock Micro Mattebox system. All worked together, flawlessly. The camera itself is much larger and much heaver than I expected. I'm used to using Arri 16 and 35mm film cameras and based on the pictures of the BMCC, expected it to feel like a "toy". It didn't! It's solid through-and-through! One thing to note, however: make sure you get a separate monitor; the BMCC screen is less than ideal as a field monitor. It's just not bright enough in daylight and the screen is very reflective. Even using the sunshield and a French flag didn't help much. We shot all MOS footage so we didn't have a chance to record critical sound with it (just the sound that the on-camera mic was capturing, which is decent as ambient sound when inside). That said, the picture quality this camera puts out is as good as everyone says it is. We shot 2.5K RAW which gave us the best exposure latitude but, you'll need a lot of storage space so, plan accordingly! The camera we rented from BorrowLenes came with a cage but not a top handle, which we ended up buying (a good investment). We also bought an Anton Baurer battery mount (which you can rent) and rented a few batteries. The camera also rents with a SSD reader, which you'll need. I would defiantly rent this camera again, and highly recommend it!