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Shooting with the BMPCC

When it comes to camera equipment, I’m a total sucker for a good deal. The Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) was already competitively priced when it was first released at the extremely affordable $999.95 price tag. So when Black Magic decided to slash the price to $500 for the month of July, I was all in. I had previously acquainted myself to all of the camera’s major drawbacks – limited ISO/white balance options, a touchscreen designed menu system without actual touchscreen functionality, absolutely atrocious battery life and generally being a beast when it comes to eating through SD Card memory (which has since been addressed in a recent firmware update by including several more options for Prores codecs.)  Most of these didn’t concern me so much, as there are basic workarounds for all of the above, but being an avid Canon shooter, I needed to know that I would[…]



Thoughts on Kevin Smith’s, “Tusk”

(minor spoilers ahead) Let me state this right at the top – I cannot recommend “Tusk” to anyone. At the same time, I would never discourage you from seeing it. It’s a strange paradox of a film that is repellant and magnetic in equal measure and you need to know what you’re getting into before attending. The first act is a great set-up, the last two acts, a punchline. And the joke is on the audience. Remember this guy? Of course you do. All of us had a laugh at his expense. Kevin Smith remembers him too. There’s a not so subtle nod in the first few minutes of the movie to him (here, re-branded as the “Kill Bill Kid,” a hapless soul who accidentally cuts off his own leg of with a katana blade practicing swordplay in his garage.) His video goes viral and our lead character – Wallace[…]



Brief Impressions of the Panasonic GH4

It’s been several months since the release of the groundbreaking Panasonic GH4, which seems to have cornered the market on DSLR videography and has forced some of my favorite YouTube Canon users (like Dave Dugdale and Caleb Pike) into abandoning their EOS gear. Having spent some time with the camera last month myself, I was able to shoot some test footage over the course of a weekend to see what it had to offer. Bear in mind that all of the footage was shot using strictly EF glass (adapted with a very inexpensive Fotasy EF Lens Adapter) and though the footage was shot natively in 4K, it has been downscaled to 1080p. The results are still incredibly impressive. The level of detail in the rocks at 00:47 blows my mind. This camera captures a truly clean image with amazing sharpness. My investment in Canon camera bodies and EF glass will[…]