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I love the smell of 4K in the morning
It smells like Cinema…
Today was a full 4K day, given the circumstances I probably should start the day now with a Special K breakfast just to get in the mood. Packed two V-mount batteries, a S160 and S90 (160 and 90Wh 14.4V), a bunch of Canon L glass: the 70-200, the 100-400 and 16-35. Two Tiffen variable nd’s: a 82 for the 16-23 and the 77 for the other two lenses. Left the Zacuto half cage at home because it flexes too much and just took the Axis evf mount. This can be used with the NATO rail on top of the Black Magic Production Camera (BMPC). Got a 90 degree angled BNC connector for the BMPC SDI out so it doesn’t poke me in the face whenever I go ENGangnam style with the recoil. As a bit of a joke and because I don’t like the hard coax cables I put an old yellow plugged video cable between the BMPC and the Alphatron EVF. Seems to work fine and the thin cable is nice and flexible, which is good.

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Bring Your Own Camera
If you have ever build your own computer you what it’s like: buy a lot of parts, drop them in a box and in the end you have a workstation. The Blackmagic Production camera feels a bit like buying a motherboard in a box, it has a sensor, interface screen and a recorder sandwiched in between. To turn it into a actual camera you need to go all Meccano on it’s ass and bring your own everything else.

The things  missing that wil probably come in a future upgrade, but you need right now are: A good monitor or EVF, the only option is SDI unless you want to add yet another device that needs power. The screen is just amazing when you look at it first time, it is almost like you are looking into a mirror so sharp. Then you realise it so damn reflective, you are looking at a mirror and not the image you are shooting. It is ok if you work inside and control the light hitting the screen, but for anything else a nice SDI screen or viewfinder is a must. In daylight the screen wil become useful about 5 minutes before the light is gone and the camera will only shoot plaid noise patterns. It is great for checking your hair and / or if you really look like a filmmaker.IMG_9756_1

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