Monday, August 12, 2013

12-35mm f2.8 Lens on RedShark's Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Test Unit!

Congratulations to RedShark for getting their hands on what appears to be the second Pocket Cinema Camera in the wild.  Hop over to their unboxing post to see some nice pictures of the Pocket mated to the Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 lens:

From RedShark News

This is a great lens, but sadly, it is a little over my budget, so I will break out the trusty old Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 4/3 lens with the MA1 adapter. This should give me full autoiris and push-to-focus compatibility with the camera. It will be pretty bulky on the Pocket, but should produce some great images.  

That said, the image of the model holding the camera above is really interesting.  We talk a lot about a camera's price/performance ratio on this blog - but the size/performance ratio of this camera is amazing.

With the Pocket Cinema Camera, a filmmaker will be able to shoot a "film" in front of the White House  - or attend an important event - and attract no more attention than someone with a point and shoot or small mirrorless.

This camera will literally be able to go places that larger cameras, with comparable image quality, cannot go.

Where some see a "B" cam or a "crash cam" - I see this camera as great new tool for cinema verité or street filmmaking - combining the urgency and immediacy of cell phone video with projection-quality images.

Yes, we will see a lot of shaky, poorly shot stuff - but we will also see high impact footage shot in newly accessible places - by people who could not have afforded to shoot ProRes before the advent of the Pocket.

The terms "revolution" and "revolutionary" are often overused (I'm certainly guilty of it) - but, if any camera deserves that description,  this one does.

If you're interested in any of the lenses mentioned in this post, please order them here.  It won't cost you anything extra, and it will help me keep the blog running.  Thanks!

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