Adapters for BMD Pocket Cinema Cam

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Adapters for BMD Pocket Cinema Cam

PostThu May 09, 2013 3:09 am

Hey I'm a rookie,
Trying to get into the right camera and lense. I was wondering if this adapter is going to be something that will allow me to use a Canon 24-70mm Li 2.8 on the new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I need to be able to control the aperture. Thanks in advance for your responses. ... B004XGFIZY
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Peter J. DeCrescenzo

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Re: Adapters for BMD Pocket Cinema Cam

PostThu May 09, 2013 5:03 am

Before we get into the weeds on the relative merits of various lens mount adapters, note that a 24-70mm lens on the Pocket Cinema Camera will have the approx. field of view equivalent to a 72-210mm lens on a 135 format DSLR (e.g.: a 5DM3 for example). In other words, a fairly telephoto FOV, so just a FYI.

That Kippon adapter doesn't give you control of the lens' aperture. The adapter has its own aperture iris, and because it's located between the lens and the camera (instead of inside the lens), it tends to produce poor image quality. There are reviews online if you do a search.

Alternatively, there are relatively expensive EF-to-MFT lens adapters which have electrical contacts, electronics, control buttons & power supplies that communicate with a electronic EOS-compatible lens. This enables control of the lens' aperture, and power lens IS for lenses that feature IS. Examples include the RedRock LiveLens, and the MTF Effect adapters: ... on_EF.html

There are other threads on this forum about native MFT and other lenses which are generally better suited for use on the Pocket Cinema Camera than Canon EOS lenses.

Also, because the Pocket Cinema Camera isn't expected to start shipping until at least late July 2013 -- at the absolute earliest -- please don't purchase expensive accessories for a camera you don't actually have in-hand. BMD continues to keep thousands of customers worldwide waiting for many many months for the original BMCC-EF and BMCC-MFT. No one knows when the BMPCC will actually ship.
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Re: Adapters for BMD Pocket Cinema Cam

PostThu May 09, 2013 7:12 pm

oh no! The conspirators got to Peter!!!

It's ok to call the 5D a "full frame" camera you know....even if it urks the films guys :P

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