Panasonic has announced a couple of new lenses and I'm pretty darn sure I'll end up with them both. The new Panasonic Lumix G 30mm Macro F/2.8 and and new Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F/1.7 not only have a nice wide aperture, but both with O.I.S (image stabilization) which makes shooting with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera and GH4 a whole lot easier when working handheld. In true Adorama fashion, pre-orders on these lenses now will qualify for FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING too.
Here's a few tips some of you may want to prepare for so that you can begin shooting with your brand new BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera the day it arrives.
#1 - Get a damn fast SDHC or SDXC card. None of the cards that work flawlessly on my Canon DSLRs were even detected. The few speedy cards I was able to grab from local retailers just ended up with dropped frames. We're just talking ProRes here, imagine when RAW is unlocked. Tomorrow I should receive a couple of Sandisk Extreme Pro cards (recommended in the user manual) for my weekend project.
#2 - Keep in mind you cannot format SD cards from the camera itself. If you show up at a shoot with a full SD Card, there's no way to delete the files. Keep a laptop with SD card reader handy to format to exFAT and delete any old projects. Don't think you can just pop it into your other camera to delete. The HFS+ or exFAT file system isn't recognized in most other cameras.
#3 - The LCD screen on this camera (not touch screen) may not be suffice for working outdoors. If you plan to use a monitor or EVF, you need a rare micro HDMI cable (d type). I already have plans to use my Cineroid Retina EVF
Cineroid Retina EVF LCD Viewfinder
#4 - The battery drains very quickly on this pocket camera. These batteries are the same for the Nikon J1, inexpensive, but you still need an optional charging station so you don't keep your camera tethered. The other option is an external 12V power source for very long projects where swapping batteries could be a problem.
#5 - Even my small Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 or 35-100mm F/2.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses fit too snugly on the camera if I have my 501PL plate mounted underneath. Lens adapters will be worse, so you'll need a platform, rig, cage, or something to raise the body up if you're planning to use popular Fluid Heads. I'm using the Fhugen GH3 cage right now since it's the smallest cage in my arsenal (no battery door access).
There's room to slide the plate back and forth, but other lens combinations may not be so forgiving
#6 - Expect no audio meters from the camera itself. I think at this point the easiest method is to just work an external recorder.
Finally just a quick note on using an HDMI recorder. I'm not sure if this will yield any difference in quality, but if there is no degradation, an HDMI recorder could be a cheaper solution for storage media, solves limitations on long projects, and is a fast way to hand off video files to your editor. The Atomos Ninja 2, one of the affordable HDMI recorders on the market, is capable of recording from the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. You can record the stream without actually recording from the BMPC, or you can just hit record on both units for dual recording (a good backup solution for critical projects).
I'll continue to add notes about the things i'm running into, and I'll be uploading sample ProRes files from the camera very soon. Make sure to follow me on Twitter, and stay tuned to the blog. Remember, if you're still looking to get on a short list to get this camera early, check in with DVEStore.com
BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera.
Do you think with all the new gear Canon is announcing, they might be trying to offload some of their existing models that have been around for some time? Who knows, but the Canon Rebates are back, and they double if you bundle them with a select camera body. More information on the dedicated Rebates page (click here).
Canon DSLR Cameras, Lenses, and Speedlite Rebates
Fisheyes, Tilt-Shift, Macros, Wide angles, and other creative lenses normally run big bucks that only professionals can afford. Lensbabies lenses are a great fun way to add some creative footage to your photography (and now videography with HD DSLR's). They've been around for many many years and have really refined their products as well as come out with more creative ways to shape an image through their flexible lenses. You can find a variety of LensBabies lenses for different types of images by clicking here.
There's not too much to say about a quality wide angle telephoto lens for the 7D that can keep you at F/2.8, except for the Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 priced at $1030.00 US Dollars. But Tamron's latest release (replacing the older version of their 17-55mm) F/2.8 lens has been tested over at PopPhoto.com and it looks good.
PopPhoto.com's article about the new Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 lens with VC (vibration compensation a.k.a. Image Stabilization as known by Canonholics) starts at a street price of just $649.00. Not bad at all for someone who's looking for a flexible travel lens that can shoot wide. I'm interested in hearing from someone who's tried both, or maybe the price alone would get your wheels spinning? I'm a Canon fan myself, but i'm wondering if the price would make it worth a buy?
I sometimes rock my Black Rapids Dual Camera straps wearing two cameras at a time with one Wide Lens and one Zoom Lens. This way I won't need to swap lenses when i'm in the zone. It also looks quite macho too. You can purchase these Double Camera Straps by clicking here.
Anyways, i'm a fan of Lens Hoods. They serve more purpose than blocking out glare on the glass, they can also protect the glass or filters from bumping into things. When running around with those Black Rapid straps, it's easy to swing your camera into a table, chair, or concrete post! (Done that before). I found a bunch of them on eBay for fairly cheap. Click Here. You should make sure you get the correct filter size when buying these hoods.
So I placed an order this weekend for my new Canon 100mm IS Macro. (Going to replace my old 100mm Macro - up for sale BTW). I believe it was the last weekend of the available Canon Rebates. So now the price of the 100mm IS Macro jumped back up at least 80 dollars. So i'll need to rock some new Lens Hoods and I thought i'd give these Rubber Lens Hoods a try as suggested by DSLRVideoShooter.com (peep the video below).
A must watch video! The above video might look like claymation or animation of some sort, but this is the effect of a skilled photographer / videographer with Tilt Shift lenses + Timelapse. Tilt Shift lenses have a weird effect from a distance often making objects look miniatureized. Check out a couple of Tilt Shift lenses for Canon below and don’t forget the Timelapse Intervalometer (remote).