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MAY 2014


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Video Report: rigging the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera by Paul Moon
Rigging the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: HolyManta, Rapid ND, Contineo Cage, Zacuto Z-Finder, Tascam DR-60D & Rokinon Lenses.
NOTES: Last year, when the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera arrived, I made a video to break it in – – and laid down a commentary to share some insights – Not the newest thing now, it’s still the only option for capturing 10-bit 4:2:2 log video without a big rig, and costing under a grand. But it’s always needed a bit of rigging, and while filmmakers keep using it to make amazing films – examples at – there’s still a lot to talk about, in terms of rigging it right. Following up the commentary I made last year that went sort of viral, here’s a similar chat: because sometimes showing stuff and talking over it works better than writing an article. For a streaming clip, it runs long, but it covers a lot of ground – and I’m looking forward to your comments below.

The first and main theme is that it’s wise to choose Canon EF-mount manual cine lenses, so that you can adapt them to the Micro-4/3 mount on the BMPC (and E-mount on Sony cams) with gadgets that take advantage of the conversion, enabling behind-the-lens ND filters and focal reducers. But it’s also true that typical Canon EF-mount lenses that aren’t fully manual will lack aperture control this way. Important to clarify! (There is not currently any Metabones solution specific to this need.)

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GEAR LIST (in order of appearance)
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera –
  • Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 zoom lens –
  • Rokinon Cine lenses for EF mount –
  • HolyManta VND –
  • Light Craft Workshop Rapid ND – (use my coupon code LC-1308 for 10% off)
  • View Factor Contineo cage –
  • Tamrac N-45 padded leather quick-release camera strap –
  • Zacuto Z-Finder –
  • Ikan battery adapters – (choose desired battery & mounting)
  • 5.5 × 2.1mm female (Ikan) to 2.5 × 0.7mm male (BMPC) adapter –
  • Tascam DR-60D audio pre-amp/recorder –
  • Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic –
  • Polaroid shotgun mic mount –
  • Flolight 1/4”-20 Stacker for mic mount –
  • Tether Tools Jerkstopper thread mount –
  • Roxsen Focal Reducer EF to Micro-4/3 –

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