June 21, 2015 at 12:07PM


Buying a Blackmagic camera -- need help!

Hello. I've been interested in making films for a long time and have been researching buying a new camera for quite awhile now. I've done my homework, but now I'd like to get the opinions of people who have experience with this, since I do not. I've narrowed my purchase down to a Blackmagic. I know some will suggest that, as a novice, I should start with something cheaper, a DSLR or something of the sort, but I'm not going to do that. And I can't afford a Red Epic or anything like that. The Blackmagic is the camera I'm going to buy, but what I need help with is:

1.) Cinema Camera or Production Camera? I would like the ability to shoot 4k, and I can afford the Production Camera. Is there any reason I should opt for the Cinema Camera instead, other than price?

2.) What lens mount? If I go with the Cinema Camera, the MFT mount is an option, which it is not for the Production Camera. Otherwise, it's between EF and PL. I've read that the PL lenses tend to be more expensive. I will not be spending $20,000 on a lens. I'll probably start off with something in the $2,000 range. I'm leaning toward the EF mount, which offers image stabilization that the MFT (and the PL, correct?) do not offer. This is the place where I need the most help. There are adapters to use PL lenses on EF mounts, right? Whereas I've heard EF adaptors for PL mounts are less effective. Please help me come to a decision on the lens mount.

3.) Any good recommendations for lenses? I was looking at one of these Rokinon sets. Amazon has "Rokinon Full Cine 5 Lens Kit - 35mm + 24mm + 14mm + 85mm + 8mm for Canon EF/Black Magic + Protective Photography Hard Case + Accessory Kit" (http://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-Full-Cine-Lens-Kit/dp/B00EZ5SDYG/ref=sr_1_...). I will be a novice, and would just like lenses good enough to learn the different facets of the craft and to produce quality images. With these lenses, it seems like the EF mount is the way to go, but any input will be much appreciated.

I'm not going to be shooting documentaries or interviews. My tastes in cinema lean toward formalism, not realism, and my inclinations as a filmmaker will do the same. I'm interested in the cinema of the dream (Tarkovsky, Bergman, Fellini, Buñuel, etc.), not the cinema of reality. Just thought I'd offer that in case it's relevant to any input you can offer me.

Thanks for your time, and I'll be very grateful for any help.

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