Field of View 5D Mark II vs. GH3 vs. BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera

If you caught my recent video shot entirely on the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema, you'll probably find quite a few wide angle shots. That's because I tried very hard to include only native MFT lenses especially the Panasonic 7-14mm & Rokinon 8mm Fisheye.

For anyone looking to adapt non-MFT Lenses (without a speed booster) to the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, here's what it will look like through a full frame Canon 5D Mark II, Panasonic GH3, and BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

[Note] In the field of view test, some of the images may appear soft, this is not the fault of the camera. The Rokinon 85mm on a BMPC will be at an approximate 240mm focal distance, and with a Variable ND filter on the lens, things go soft. It's best to use good quality static ND Filters.

In other parts of the video a Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 was used throwing it somewhere close to the 600mm focal range. Since an ND Filter was not used, results were much sharper from the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Judging from the distance of the 5D Mark II, the tripod was quite a distance away. Using the Rokinon 35mm and 85mm lenses, you can tell there is quite a crop factor to the smaller BMPC - more than you would get from a GH3. The BMPC has even more crop than from the original BlackMagic Cinema Camera. That's something to keep in mind if you plan to work in tight spaces. Invest in the right glass, or look for a Speed Booster / Focal Reducer (found here on eBay).

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14 thoughts on “Field of View 5D Mark II vs. GH3 vs. BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera

  1. getem

    @Ruben Kremer

    The adapter Metabones Nikon G Lens to Micro 4/3 Speed Booster Adapter is excellent and works perfect, many many examples on the web of this new adapter.

    Great optics and everyone loves it, You must be speaking about another product because this one is really nice.

  2. @Andersen - Fotodiox have also made such an adapter (which turned out to be utterly useless because of inferior optics).

    They said they'll be working on that, a two new versions will be released later this year. One revised 0.72x and a 0.5x version. The latter would give the BMPCC a crop factor of merely 1.44x - which is less than APS/S35.

    Let's just hope they've got their optics right this time around. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one 😉

  3. Andersen

    @Johnny:
    The crop of the BMPC is 2.8x.

    Combined with the future Metabones Speedbooster MFT -> EF (0.71x), the BMPC will have a crop size of approx 2.0 (1.988x to be exact.)

  4. Emm

    Post author

    @Kelly - These are all people that shoot in the Bay Area. It's a small world out here. Sometimes i'm too busy, so it's nice to be able to reach out to people for help on some of these tests.

  5. Yeah Emm! What gives man?!? Where do you find these super hotties? No offense if this is yer wife or family relative or something.

  6. Emm

    Post author

    @Bill @marklondon - If it's too distracting, I guess i'll have to put on the shorts and low cut tops for you guys on the next review. haha.

  7. @marklondon said:

    "Soon there will ONLY be babes testing camera gear on the internet.
    And hosting sports shows.
    We are now superfluous. Except as customers."

    Not that there's anything wrong with that 😉

    Thanks for the post, @Emm. More educational than what other people are doing with their loaner cameras.

    Bill

  8. marklondon

    Soon there will ONLY be babes testing camera gear on the internet.
    And hosting sports shows.
    We are now superflous. Except as customers.

  9. johnny

    hey em. sorry maybe i didn't do my research enough. but i can't seem to find any specs on the crop size of the bmpc.

    is it 3x?

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