Jesse drove down Hollywood Blvd. while I annoyed them with my new Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
I'm using this camera specifically as a documentary camera for my upcoming feature film ZEN DOG. We're interested in it primarily for it's PRO RES capabilities. While on the road for our 4 week narrative shoot, we are obligated in providing (2) behind the scenes video-strings for our Kickstarter audience. We need a camera that requires ZERO transcoding on the road and the BMCC fit the bill. Here are some tech notes;
RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD OUT OF A MOVING VEHICLE - 50 MINUTES
INTERNAL BATTERY WAS USED
NO RIG - STRAIGHT HANDHELD
SHOT IN PRO RES WITH VIDEO GAMMA
CANON L 50mm & CANON L 24mm used
SUPER QUICK 20 MINUTE EDIT (We're testing speed here since speed will be important for our behind the scenes shooter on the road)
FAST OUTTTPUT AND RENDER
PROS: Image quality is stellar. I'm used to shooting with an Epic and the Alexa and this camera is right up there with both of them in terms of latitude, color rendition and noise characteristics. Remarkable when you consider it's the 1st generation of cameras from Blackmagic and it's 1/10 the cost of the bigger boys. I also dig the crop sensor. I like getting more reach out of my lenses. A wide fast lens would be nice but I'm not crying about it. I also like that it's only rated at up to 1600ISO. The blacks look better to me. We shot everything at 800ISO.
CONS: Ergonomics suck ass. Very hard to hold. Cramped hand. Jitterbugs without a rig. It's heavier than I thought. The screen seems cheap. I don't like the rubber boarders. I feel like this thing will get dirty quickly. Did I mention the ergonomics sucked ass? I mean at least with the 5D cameras, you could hold onto something. The BMCC feels like it will slip out of my hand at every turn. A rig will fix that but that takes away from the small form factor.
BONUS: People think it's a toy. Doesn't look like a camera.