August 30, 2013

How Well Does Redrock's LiveLens MFT and Canon L-Series Glass Perform with BMPCC?

BMPCC Redrock liveLenseWant to keep using non-MFT lenses when you get your hands on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Redrock Micro recently sat down with Hook, the man behind the recent BMPCC test footage, and asked him several questions about working with it. The entire interview is a good read, but one question that was particularly interesting was about how well the Redrock LiveLens MFT active lens mount performs with Canon L series glass. Read Hook's thoughts after the jump.

The BMPCC, as I'm sure most of us know by now, comes equipped with a MFT mount, which means to use any other kinds of lens mounts, you're going to need an adapter. Hook not only weighs in on his experience coupling the Redrock LiveLens with Canon L-series glass when shooting with the Pocket Cam, but also on the importance of getting the right lenses for the job:

I've been really happy with the image quality from the Canon L glass, and I love that I can use them on my Blackmagic cameras, saving us from purchasing all new glass. I definitely have my eye on dedicated cinema glass for the future, but it also makes a lot of sense to hire lenses like that for jobs that need it. Because of that, I plan to eventually get the MFT 2.5K version so I can again still use the Canon L glass with the Redrock LiveLens adapter, but also get other adapters for PL mount and Nikon, etc.

He goes on to talk about the challenges he faced while shooting:

Pulling focus is obviously the big issue, but I've gotten a pretty good feel for pulling my own focus now with the lenses we have. A follow focus with hard stops is helpful, but I'm also eyeing up the Redrock microRemote with the Handheld Controller for AC's and fingerwheel as I like that you can remap the focus range etc.

Check out the rest of Redrock's interview with Hook for more of his thoughts on working with the BMPCC.

What do you think about the Redrock's Micro LiveLens? Share your thoughts on the interview in the comments below.

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Stay far away from the redrock wireless follow focus. So many issues with that thing.... calibrations slip... the motor steps, the motor isn't powerful enough for some stickier lenses, and the whole thing just feels janky.

August 30, 2013 at 7:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Michael Solomon

BTW, one can find a few other Pocket Cam footage samples on the usual suspect sites. Some look better than others. Shipments are, of course, few and far in between.
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On the other hand, in an interview given to Dan Chung of the Newsshooter recently, a BMD rep was only hopeful of the 4K Camera being ready in September.

August 30, 2013 at 10:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Hi!

This question has might been already answered but, would this adapter serve as well to adapt Canon lenses to the BMCC? As far as I know, the BMCC comes with a passive mount so this Redrock adapter with electronics in it should be able to connect both devices. Am I right? Thanks!

August 31, 2013 at 10:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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That's correct.
One note: this adapter does not support image stabilization functionality -- it supports only aperture control.

September 1, 2013 at 8:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Mr Blah

Got it! That rang the bell indeed. I've been told BMCC is not a camera to do shots handheld. Thanks!

September 3, 2013 at 7:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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