MFT BMCC and John Brawley Capture More Beautiful Footage, and SLR Magic 25mm T/0.95 is Shipping
It may be a few months away from getting into the hands of us regular folks, but the Micro 4/3 mount version of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera has gotten plenty of work in a number of real-world situations thanks to John Brawley. While he's been testing plenty of PL mount lenses on the camera (we've got some brand new footage below), he's also been trying out of all of the manual MFT lenses that are currently out there, including those from Voightlander, and a brand new lens from SLR Magic, the new T/0.95 lens, which just may be a perfect go-to option for the MFT BMCC.
Here is Brawley shooting a bit with the Angenieux 16-42mm and the 45-120mm PL lenses:
We've also seen that the new SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 25mm T/0.95 lens has been shipping, here is Brawley's on the BMCC:
A few people have gotten their hands on it, and have tested it against the slightly more expensive Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95, and the SLR Magic seems to be just as good, if not better in terms of sharpness. Here is a great example of what kind of images the lens can produce from Seb Farges on the GH3:
Another one from Seb briefly comparing the Voigtlander 25mm and the SLR Magic 25mm:
I think this is going to be another great option for the BMCC. With the SLR Magic 12mm T/1.6 and 25mm T/0.95, you've got lenses that are both very fast and take care of many of your wide and medium to medium-close shots. These lenses also have the benefit of de-clicked apertures, so you can smoothly do an aperture pull during a scene if needed. I know some are partial to having someone like Duclos doing the gears, but it's great that the lens gears are already built-in, very similar to the Samyang/Rokinon cine lenses.
Right now according to the website these lenses will ship about two weeks after you order, and if you buy them now, you may still be able to qualify for a $150 rebate, which takes the normally $800 SLR Magic lens down to $650. That's quite a bargain considering the Voigtlander currently runs over $1,000.