Showing posts from February, 2016

Old glass: B4 mount lens finds new life

In planning my projects this year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll need a new digital video camera of some sort. I’ve looked into video recorders, DSLRs, Mirrorless cameras, action cameras, iPhone rigs… you name it.

A quick note about iPhone cinematography: It's amazing- but it takes more work than you realize. You can get so much out of the camera that's already in your pocket. You can get a better picture than most 8mm and 16mm film (in terms of sharpness, resolution, and delivery of finished product), but the form factor needs assistance to shoot comfortably and correctly, and it's severely limited with zoom or depth of field. Sure you can get 3rd party accessories, but those costs add up—between the cost of the phone and accessories, you can have a much better dslr or video camera set up. I'll use my iPhone in a pinch, but I want to have better control over my image.

I was seriously looking at three cameras in particular: The Sony A5100, the Black Magic Pock…

Getting real about wants and needs

As much as I would love the form factor of the Redrock Micro Retroflex-S and the Sony a5100, I need to be pragmatic about where my money is better utilized. The cost for those (including cards, lenses, etc) would cost $1,500. That’s a serious chunk of change, and it’s not including audio. I may indulge at some point, but realistically I need to be more fiscally conservative.

Panasonic’s GH3 has come down in price considerably since the GH4 was introduced a year and a half ago. I’m sure a GH5 is in development… However, for what I need to do in the next year, the GH3 is more than enough camera to handle the needs of my next dozen or so projects- which DP demigod Philip Bloom shows in the video above.

The micro four-thirds sensor is half the size of a full size sensor, but it can use far more lenses- including old cine/tv c-mount glass and Newsie ENG B4 Mount lenses. How cool is that?

More than anything, I want to make a feature length film. I have had a number of attempts, of which I h…

Shiny: Redrock Micro Retroflex

You have no idea how bad I want one of these:
Redrock Micro is selling them for the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera AND the Sony Mirrorless a5000, a5100, and NEX cameras.

Here is UK Filmmaker Rick Young's assessment of the rig:
This is Retroflex - Now Available from Redrock Micro from Rick Young on Vimeo.

 I know what you're thinking: Why don't you just buy a pistol grip and viewfinder and save yourself $300? Well, for starters, I would buy it for the metal cage that protects the camera, and keeps stress off of the bottom tripod mount. Plus... it looks cool. For too long have I used DIY rigs and honestly, I'd rather spend my time shooting and ENJOYING the work that I do.

The heart wants what the heart wants.

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