Cameras (planetMitch)

Everyone loves cameras!

But remember – my preference would be to get the best lenses you can possibly afford (or rent them from LensProToGo) and spend as little money on a camera body as you can logically afford to spend.

Canon Cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This is why I love the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

And a whole bunch more text goes here!

planet5D review

Black Magic Cinema Camera

I have used the Blackmagic cinema camera all over the world from Minnesota, Iceland and the abandoned wasteland of Chernobyl.  This camera is a huge step forward in camera technology.  I have been using DSLR cameras since they first came out and the Blackmagic Cinema camera took many of the limitations and erased them with this camera.  I have done side by side tests and with the 13 stops of latitude it is like you have regained the ability to see everything in your image. You no longer have to sacrifice detail as this camera can capture it all.  Rediscover your creativity with the Blackmagic cinema camera.

Black Magic Pocket Camera

Black Magic Pocket Camera

Black Magic 4K Camera

Black Magic 4K Camera

Black Magic Cinema Camera with MFT Mount

Black Magic Cinema Camera with MFT Mount

 

Lenses

 

Canon 16-35mm 2.8

Canon 16-35mm 2.8

When shooting on a crop sensor camera my biggest concern is being able to shoot wide. On my Canon 5D Mark III I never use the Canon 16-35mm 2.8 as it is almost a part fisheye. Especially shooting motion I find this lens more or less unusable on full frame cameras.

However, when shooting on sensors that 2.2 crop factor or more this lens performs beautifully. The crop factor takes out pretty much all of the distortion and uses the sweet spot of the lens. If you are shooting with a Blackmagic camera you should seriously consider this fine lens.

 

Batteries

The blackmagic Cinema camera does not have a removeable battery.   So using batteries or adapters to power the camera is critical.  Here are the best options to power your camera.

 

PTAP Options

If you are not familiar with the term PTap it is the type of power connection adapter that looks like the one below:

Switronix PTap Converter Cable

Switronix PTap Converter Cable

This cable plugs directly into your Blackmagic camera and then you can connect the Ptap to a gold plate or a v-mount or Anton baur style battery to power your camera all day long.  (show gold plate and battery with ptap connection)

 

Switronix PB70 Base for BMCC

Switronix PB70 Base for BMCC

This is a perfect solution to power your Blackmagic camera with an external battery.  The battery has a cable that directly powers the Blackmagic Cinema camera and you can have an all in one solution.

 

V Mount Adapters/Batteries

 

Switronix V-Mount JetPack Power Adapter

Switronix V-Mount JetPack Power Adapter

You can connect any v-mount battery to this device and then power up to 5 other devices.

The Switronix V-Mount JetPack Power Adapter for Blackmagic Camera connects to a V-mount battery and outputs power to up to six devices, including the camera via an 11-17V unregulated pin output. The other outputs are two P-taps, three Lemos, and a USB output. The P-taps can be used to power monitors and lights and similar devices. The Lemos are each of a different pin and voltage configuration — a 2-pin 5V, 3-pin 7.2V, and 4-pin 12V. The USB out can be used for various USB devices.

JetPack features three 1/4″ threads for attaching to cheeseplates and an M3 screw pattern for direct compatibility with Wooden Camera's Quick Back Plate. An optional Switronix JetPack cheeseplate can be attached to additionally provide thirteen 1/4″ and ten 3/8″ threads.

 

3 Stud Adapters/Batteries

 

Switronix P-Tap 3 Stud Plate

Switronix P-Tap 3 Stud Plate

If you have a 3 prong or Anton bauer battery you can just get this plate and you can plug directly into the camera and you are good to go power-wise.

 

Switronix 3 Stud JetPack Power Adapter

Switronix 3 Stud JetPack Power Adapter

This is one better than just getting the plate. Power up to 6 devices with this special power adapter plate.

The Switronix 3-Stud JetPack Power Adapter for Blackmagic Camera connects to a 3-stud battery and outputs power to up to six devices, including the camera via an 11-17V unregulated pin output. The other outputs are two P-taps, three Lemos, and a USB output. The P-taps can be used to power monitors and lights and similar devices. The Lemos are each of a different pin and voltage configuration — a 2-pin 5V, 3-pin 7.2V, and 4-pin 12V. The USB out can be used for various USB devices.

JetPack features three 1/4″ threads for attaching to cheeseplates and an M3 screw pattern for direct compatibility with Wooden Camera's Quick Back Plate. An optional Switronix JetPack cheeseplate can be attached to additionally provide thirteen 1/4″ and ten 3/8″ threads.

 

JetPack to BMCC Cable

If you buy a JetPack for either battery system you will need a JetPack to BMCC Cable

JetPack to BMCC Cable

If you buy a JetPack you need to order one of these cables to use the lemo connection (insert lemo pin for reference).

 

Rigs

 

Wooden Camera BMCC Quick Kit

Wooden Camera BMCC Quick Kit

The design of the Blackmagic camera looks cool but I have found you need a cage/simple rig for best performace.  I love and use this rig on both my Blackmagic cinema cameras.

 

SSD Drives

 

Intel SSD Drive 240GB

Intel SSD Drive 240GB

SanDisk SSD 240GB

SanDisk SSD 240GB

SanDisk SSD 480GB

SanDisk SSD 480GB

If you are moving from DSLR to the Blackmagic camera you might not have had previous experience with SSD drives.  The benefit is SSD drives have much greater capacity than CF or SD cards.  These drives seem to have the best reviews and lower failure rates so I recommend getting one of these if you are just getting started.

 

SSD Readers

 

Voyager Q Dock

Voyager Q Dock

 

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB Cable

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB Cable

 

 

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex FireWire 800 Cable

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex FireWire 800 Cable

Again if you haven’t used SSD cards before you will need a way to connect the drive to your computer.  You can either get the Voyager dock or a simple Seagate connector of your choice.  Note that you cannot format the SSD drive or delete footage in camera so you need to have a reader and access to a computer while you shoot.

 

Hard Drives

 

1TB Mini G-Drive Portable Drive

1TB Mini G-Drive Portable Drive

1TB G-Drive USB 3.0 Portable Drive

1TB G-Drive USB 3.0 Portable Drive

8TB G-Raid Drive (Non-Thunderbolt)

8TB G-Raid Drive

8TB G-Raid Drive Thunderbolt

8TB G-Raid Drive Thunderbolt

RAW video is wonderful.  But you are probably not ready for the amount of storage you will need to store your footage.  I am a G-Tech guy and I use more or less their entire product line.  If you edit more in an edit suite go ahdea with one of their raids or desktop units.  Otherwise get a couple portable drives and you are good to go on the go.