September 8, 2014 at 11:02AM

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Blackmagic Studio Camera - What lens-options are there?

I am looking at buying a live-video setup with 3 cameras, an BMD ATEM and some other accessories - but I´m struggling with camera-choice. I would love to go for the new BMD Studio Cameras (https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicstudiocamera), but I can´t find any affordable lens that covers a proper zoom-range. Alternatives are prosumer-camcorders like the Sony HXR-NX5P (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/750887-REG/Sony_HXR_NX5P_HXR_NX5P_...), but with that You wouldn´t have the integrated CCU-Control over the ATEM, no integrated Intercom & Tally-Solution and You wouldn´t have the image quality of the BMD Studio Camera.

I´d love to hear if anyone is using the BMD Studio Camera, and with what lenses, and what other things I have to think of.

Thanks in advance!

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What zoom range do you want and does it need to be ENG style?

September 8, 2014 at 11:25AM

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Alex Smith
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A zoom-range above 10x would be great. If You mean remote zoom-and focus control by ENG-style than yes!

Vincens von Bibra

September 8, 2014 at 11:37AM

Your best bet might be getting some MFT zooms with a control system such as this one: http://www.newsshooter.com/2014/09/03/birtv-2014-video-tilta-wireless-fo...

However I don't really know what your budget is. Most ENG lenses are quite expensive and you would have to adapt to MFT as well.

Alex Smith

September 8, 2014 at 2:16PM

I guess that´s out of the Budget already for just the Controller. I would be willing to spend a Little more than 3000$ for lens including remotes, but not much more.
Thanks for Your answer though.

Vincens von Bibra

September 8, 2014 at 2:19PM, Edited September 8, 2:19PM

Panasonic 14-140mm would give you the long range and it is a relatively cheap lens.

Alternatively if you don't want a native Micro Four Thirds lens, the next option to consider is adapting lenses. Perhaps for instance the Sigma 24-105 f/4 and the Metabones focal reducer for the BMPCC (as I fully expect it would work for the Studio Camera too, they share the same sensor and mount).

September 9, 2014 at 3:36AM

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David Peterson
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(wish I could edit replies...)
The other significant option to consider is adapting B4 lenses to m4/3, there is a great group here to ask questions on:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/B4onM43/

Using B4 lenses on m4/3 has a few tradeoffs, and I doubt I'd do it myself, but it sounds like it could perhaps be right for you, or at least it is worthwhile checking.

September 9, 2014 at 3:38AM, Edited September 9, 3:38AM

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David Peterson
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Moments like these make me wish we knew who votes up or down. Like where do you get off thumb-downing a question? I dare those people to come here and explain why they did that.

September 9, 2014 at 7:53PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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You can use JVC lenses. They have 1.8 with tele and normal.

September 30, 2014 at 2:40AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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March 23, 2015 at 7:39AM

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Rhys Jarrett
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