Experiments in Blackmagic filmmaking



I'm sharing my rig

to help you build yours better

I am not a cinematographer, just an editor who likes to shoot on the side.  I've been drawn to the Blackmagic cameras since the beginning for their image quality, simplicity and price point.  So far, the Blackmagic Pocket 4K would seem to be the best of all these worlds.  As I test and use it, I will endeavor to share the important parts with you here.  If you have any questions, want to write a guest post or have any suggestions, scroll to the bottom of the page and send me a message.  Cheers!

8 Important Things To Know When You First Use Your Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera

Modern digital cinema cameras sporting GUI's and touch screens have become so intuitive and easy to learn that a brand new owner rarely takes the time to read a user's manual or watch a tutorial video. But if you want your first shots to be their utmost best, there...

ENG Power Zoom Lens on a Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera?

Coming soon...my adventures in adapting and powering an old B4 mount Nikon ENG Power Zoom Lens for the Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera. Spoiler alert: this lens was $30 on eBay. Full story, better pictures and sample footage coming soon…

Have I gone too far?

A 150mm-600mm lens, Metabones Speed Booster XL, a viewfinder, juice box and a shotgun mic. Probably too much, right? This is my backyard bird watching rig. Being that I don't have to travel too far with it, I load it up and play with all my toys. The viewfinder is...

The Smallrig Cage for BMP4K

I'll be blunt and brief here. The Smallrig cage for the Blackmagic Pocket 4K does not disappoint. Light weight, ergonomic design, NATO rails, clean machining and finish; what's not to love? The immediate effect, even before you attach a single accessory, is that your...

Metabones Announces Specific Speed Booster for BMP4K

Metabones, makers of the very highly regarded speed booster, announced in a press release that they will, in fact, be producing a Speed Booster specifically for the Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera. This is the most relevant part below, if you don't want to read the entire...

First Impressions

After a few weeks on back-order at B & H Photo, my BMP4K finally arrived. I'll spare you the details of the packaging and unboxing, as I am sure YouTube is littered with videos covering that stuff, for reasons I will never understand. For a little background, I...

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