Tag: Blackmagic

Chillin’ with the Chimps – Tombe & Talia at Colchester Zoo.

These magnificent chimpanzees were spending some time chilling out at Colchester Zoo in Essex. The boss chimp, Tombe, was fascinated with the camera, and Talia a younger female came to inspect all the gear before settling down and posing for me. A rare moment for us as they are normally very active and hard to shoot.

Shot with the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera 6K G2 (BMPCC6K G2) & Legacy Tamron 90mm macro lens (72b), on a tripod. Lighting conditions were tricky and the chosen ISO was 1250. The camera coped well with the dynamic range and after a bit of noise reduction the results are pleasing. Shooting through glass does take the edge off slightly but the footage is still pleasantly sharp.

If you’re interested in visiting or supporting Colchester Zoo you’ll find more info here: https://www.colchester-zoo.com/suppor…


Review & samples: Legacy Olympus 50mm f3.5 Macro lens with Blackmagic Pocket 6K. Travel video setup.

I’ve just put together my latest travel setup for video capture with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2. The aim was to get the BMPCC 6K G2 in to a reasonably sized camera bag along with other lenses and accessories. This is the result.

The Olympus Zuiko 50mm Macro f3.5 lens is surprisingly sharp for general video and has the benefit of close focus for 0.5x magnification. Optically, one of the best legacy lenses I have ever tested and better than some of my modern lenses. A truly tiny powerhouse of a lens with the bonus of it exhibiting practically zero chromatic aberration (on APSC sensor).

A brief review and a large selection of samples taken on a tripod, with clips that are long enough to study.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame. Exposure, ISO & Noise

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame. Perhaps some interesting observations with regards to how ISO and exposure affect noise on the BMCC 6K FF.

A Christmas Eve production directed by Harveys.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame. Day three samples: Two hours before sunset at the zoo

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

Blackmagic Raw, 6048 x 4032, Extended Video Profile, 12:1. A little grading including small adjustments to exposure, contrast and a little noise reduction.

Please note that I did not use an ND filter for these tests so as to not affect image quailty or colour.

Day three test samples of the BMCC 6K Full frame. Captured at the zoo a couple of hours before sunset. The shots of the Gelada Baboons were captured in low light and shot through a scratched unclean double glazed window pane.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame. Day two samples: By the river in Maldon. BMCC 6K Full Frame

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

Blackmagic Raw, 6048 x 4032, Extended Video Profile, 12:1. No grading other than small adjustments to exposure and a little noise reduction.

Please note that I did not use an ND filter for these tests so as to not affect image quailty or colour.

Day two test samples of the BMCC 6K Full frame. Captured along the river Chelmer at Maldon in Essex, UK.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame. First day samples: An hour at the park. BMCC 6K Full Frame.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K Full Frame

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

Blackmagic Raw, 6048 x 4032, Film Profile, 12:1

The first day test samples of the BMCC 6K Full frame


Spring In The Park. Nature, shot in Blackmagic RAW – BRAW

Shot some nature footage this spring in and around some parks local to me.

A variety of shots including macro and long telephoto.

Shot in Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) using: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – BMPCC 6K G2 Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 5 inch connected to the Panasonic S1 & S5. Lenses: Panasonic 24-105, Sigma 150-600mm (L Mount), Tamron Adaptall 2 90mm Macro (72B).


Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) 6K G2 – First test shots

First time out with the BMPCC 6K G2. Shot using legacy Tamron Adaptall lenses:

Adaptall 2 70-210mm (46A)
Adaptall 2 80-210mm (103A)
Adaptall 2 90mm Macro (72B)

The first thing that impresses is how well this camera captures colour and how relatively easy it is to edit BRAW files in Davinci Resolve. I’ve been shooting with the Panasonic S1 and the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 5 inch recording monitor also using the BRAW codec. There is a difference between the two versions of BRAW that is now plain to see, the BMPCC files are much smoother to edit and playback on the PC and the colour science is very different.

I’m unsure about where to go with lenses in the future when shooting with the BMPCC but for now my trusty legacy Tamron Adaptall lenses are filling the gap.