Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

I have recently received three items to complete my camera tripod rig, a Matte Box, a Follow Focus, and a Follow Focus Gear Ring for my Meteor 5-1 zoom lens. After some serious consideration I finally decided to purchase a Matte Box and Follow Focus from Petroff of Bulgaria. I settled for the Petroff P44-01 … More Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

A Firm Grip – Improving my Shoulder Rig

Assembling my new DIY shoulder rig with components from Zenit (Krasnogorsk-3 Pistol Grip and Telescopic Shoulder Brace), Manfrotto (088LBP Female 1/4″-20 to Male 3/8″ Adapter with Flange) and POOLi™ (D-BASE-2 and POOLiCAGE), I wasn’t fully satisfied with the fit between the grip and the base, even though I had drilled a new hole for the … More A Firm Grip – Improving my Shoulder Rig

Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

As a independent and guerilla filmmaker, one often has to do with what is offered at the shooting location. When it comes to shooting exterior scenes, that comes natural and is shared with most big budget productions. But the real differentiation between shoe string budget and larger production involves shooting interior scenes, where the use … More Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

Recently I aquired the POOLiCAGE for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. However, it was delivered without a top handle. And a camera cage isn’t complete without one. Also, my camera rig requires the Meteor 5-1 lens to be supported, to alleviate the burden from the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. So, yesterday, my parcel from … More A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

From Russia with Love – My first impressions of the POOLiCAGE and Bases from POOLi™

On February 24 I finally ordered the POOLiCAGE (half cage version) for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, together with the S-BASE-2 and D-BASE-2, as well as a pair of 30 cm long 15 mm rods (silver metallic) from Andrey Kramar of POOLi™. It all went for $170 including shipping, which is a virtual steal. Initially, … More From Russia with Love – My first impressions of the POOLiCAGE and Bases from POOLi™

Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

Following the official Blackmagic Forum and unofficial BMCuser forum, I feel that there is to much attention being made on the Blackmagic URSA line of cameras. My qualified guess is that there are a lot more Blackmagic camera users that own and shoot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC), a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), … More Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

I have been told that the closest equivalent of negative filmstock that emulates the image coming from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, or a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, that works best for colour grading and matching with these cameras in DaVinci Resolve, is Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Colour Negative, the successor … More The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

Mirrors – Camera Test Movie with the OKS 3-10-1 and RafCamera Adapter

Exactly one month ago my RafCamera Kinor-16SX-2 to MFT adapter with screws arrived. I got it for free from Rafael Pankratau of RafCamera, because the bayonet lock version of that same adapter didn’t fit my LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1 f/2.1 10 mm. But the simpler version with screws fits as a glove! The lens is … More Mirrors – Camera Test Movie with the OKS 3-10-1 and RafCamera Adapter

Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Yesterday, at 21:00 (9 pm) Stockholm time Blackmagic Design held a Camera and DaVinci Resolve Press Conference where the founder and CEO Grant Petty presented three new products, the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini Panels, and the Blackmagic Mini URSA Pro camera. Blackmagic Design simultaneously announced that a new version of DaVinci Resolve (12.5.5) had … More Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Monitor – A Swedish Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Searching for well graded Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera footage, I stumbled upon a Swedish test and review of the camera. It was originally written and made for the Swedish trade journal Monitor Sverige, published for professionals in broadcast, movies, sound and light, its November 2013 issue. To my knowledge, this is the only review of … More Monitor – A Swedish Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Brought from the Snoopers Market – My Creative Inspire T10 Stereo Speakers

Yesterday I bought a pair of loudspeakers at a flea market. They only cost me 90 SEK; that’s approximately 10 USD. It’s a pair of Creative Inspire T10 2.0 speakers. That particular model has been around for a decade now but is still in production; a pair of new speakers cost 400 SEK (45 USD). … More Brought from the Snoopers Market – My Creative Inspire T10 Stereo Speakers