NOTES: Last year, when the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera arrived, I made a video to break it in - vimeo.com/hpmoon/nyc - and laid down a commentary to share some insights - vimeo.com/hpmoon/bmpc. 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 Blackmagic Cinema Camera User Group - 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 does run long, but it covers lots 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.)
For more exploring after this, visit the portal to these user groups at focuspulling.com where you'll see daily user contributions of sample videos, tips, and news on your favorite gear.