Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Has Arrived!

It's here!  I've been out of town for the past couple of days, so I haven't had a chance to unbox it, but looking forward to getting it powered up and ready to shoot.  All of the accessories I need are here - except for the step-up ring I need to mount the ND filter, which should arrive in the next few days - so I'll stick to interiors for now.

In the meantime, my $27 Kamerar 20cm Hot Shoe Extension came in, and Professor Tu was right.  This is a great way to mount multiple accessories.  I especially like the way he tilted the external recorder back, making it easy to monitor sound levels from behind the camera.  For cameras such as the EOS M, Pocket Cinema Camera and GH3 (whose sound meters disappear after a few seconds of recording), this is essential.

Fortunately, the Pocket Camera and the GH3 both have headphone jacks (unlike the EOS M), so it's not a problem that my recorder doesn't have separate line and headphone outputs.  I do wish that this was a more common feature, however, and I'll never buy another recorder without separate output jacks.

Here are a couple of pics of my "poor man's rig" with the GH3, pistol grip, $27 hot shoe extension, $160 Tascam DR-40 , $29.90 CoolLCD top handle, with my $75 used eBay AT835b mic and $32 Windtech MM-21 mic muff mounted on a $25 Campro Deluxe Shock Mount.  I can remove the whole thing from the camera by unscrewing it from the hot shoe and removing the Sescom cable between the recorder and the camera, the setup costs less than a cage would have, it works like a champ and I look forward to trying it on the Pocket.

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