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

(Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

Professional filmmaking makes a huge affair of using good and enough lighting of a scene, in particular with internal shooting. Availability of light is what separates big budget from zero. This stems from the days of shooting with celluloid film stock. Although digtal filmmaking isn’t as sensitive to darkness as photocemicals used to be, this … More (Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…

To recapitulate the past year. Autumn of 2016 saw a major investment in a new digital film camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, plus two SDXC flash memory cards and a dual USB charger to go with the two EN-EL20 spare batteries. I also aquired a brand new workstation that would match up the CinemaDNG RAW workflow … More Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…

Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

I already knew when puchasing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that I eventually would need to invest in a protective metal cage which also provided for a full rigging of the camera, with rods, batteries, mics, etc. In my search I have considered the CAME-TV, the Tilta ES-T13 and the CamTree Hunt (a carbon copy … More Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC