Philip Bloom Reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Micro 4/3 Camera

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World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC.

According to Bloom…

“Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance makes way more sense for that sensor size and the image of the Blackmagic MFT with my Voigtlander glass is just damn gorgeous as it’s using more of less the whole lens.”

Although Philip does recommend the micro 4/3 version over the EF mount version, the M43 version is not without issues, mainly the lack of power in the mount.

Says Bloom “The problem is that Blackmagic did not make this MFT mount active. This means no power for the metabones (speedbooster adapter) which means no iris control, no IS (Image Stabilization) and on some glass, no focus. This is a huge issue. I don’t know the decision behind the lack of active mount but it’s a problem. I own lots of MFT glass – but even here my lovely Olympus F2 zooms and Lumix glass are useless. They need power to control the iris, IS and focus. This means manual MFT glass only or adding say a Leica mount, PL mount or something else.” (Read Bloom’s full review)

Glass used for the test shooting was the Voigtlander 25mm F0.95 and 17mmm F0.95  and the SLR MAGIC 35mm F1.4 and 50mm F0.95.

My 2 Cents

I’ve been intrigued with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera since it first appeared and have been highly impressed with the quality of the images it produces.  In fact, I even named it as the Top Video Camera of 2012.  I’ve been particularly excited about the micro 4/3 version since there’s an abundance of high quality M43 glass available and I’m actively acquiring all the lenses I can get my hands on, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why BMC wouldn’t make the micro 4/3 mount active.  By going with an unpowered mount, they’ve severely limiting the lens selection for their prospective customers, and I feel they’ll drive many in the direction of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.

I have high hopes for Blackmagic Cinema and sincerely hope they update their micro 4/3 offering to include a powered mount.

 

 

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