November 19, 2014 at 4:33PM

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What kit do you need for a Blackmagic Pocket?

Just ordered a BMPCC and am pretty amped up about it. I´m a video artist working with documentary forms, so flexibility is important to me. I also like the fact that it´s so unimposing. Now, I´m wondering though, what exactly will I really need for it in order to fully use it?

First off, I´m trying out a cheap experiment. I´ve ordered a FD to MFT mount converter and a good old 28 mm Canon lens. Does anyone have experience with analog lenses on BMPCC?

Another thing that I´m curious about are the external viewfinders. Has anyone tried out f.e. the Zacuto Z-Finder?

And how about cages? What do they do to the workflow? What to keep an eye on?

Would love to hear about your experiences!

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Maybe I should underline that I´m really on a budget, and used to improvising with next to nothing.

November 19, 2014 at 4:35PM

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Jakub
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Also interested in how you guys deal with sound? I´ve mostly used a portable external sound recorder such as the Sony PCM D-50, as microphones mounted on the camera body tend be of lesser quality. Also they sometimes pick up the hum of the battery running in the camera, which is a pain in postproduction.

Previously I´ve mostly worked with 5D MK ii.

November 19, 2014 at 4:41PM

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Jakub
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Great little camera, love mine, use it as my projects camera now. If you're on a budget, then don't worry about gear right now. Get some paying work (charge flat rates, never hourly rates - people lose their mind if you give them an hourly rate), and then you can rig it out. If you have a tripod, an SD card, and a lens, you're good to go.

Having said that, when you get some $...
External audio - H6n Zoom
Rode NTG-2 is a fine entry-level mic

You can get some DIRT CHEAP lenses of Ebay that are FD or C-mount. I bought a new 25mm c-mount lens for about 25 bucks. Go to Mattias Burling's channel on youtube and he'll give you the run-down on BMPCC lenses. Great guy, really taking it upon himself to educate folks on BM gear.

People complain about not seeing the screen outdoors in the sunlight. Yes, that's true, but like yourself, working on a church production team, it really doesn't matter. I'm used to improvising, same as you. With the latest firmware installed on it, you'll have both your histogram and your zebra bars - use both, and you'll always get the exposure you need (just remember to expose to the right).

Have fun man - this camera is worth every penny for its DR and RAW video.

November 20, 2014 at 10:39AM

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Build yourself a stabilizer and begin building your lens variety. Batteries are a must, as is additional storage. You can never have too many batteries or media storage handy.

November 20, 2014 at 3:46PM

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Brandon Neubert
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