Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty continues to make good on his promise for professional-quality moviemaking to become accessible and affordable for all who want it and has raised the bar even higher with his surprise announcement of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and its Super 35 sensor and even more firmware and hardware features than its older sibling the Super 16 sensor-equipped Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.
The affordability and cinematic feature-film quality achievable with the raw-shooting BMPCC 6K and BMPCC 4K and their associated editing and colour grading software package DaVinci Resolve have bumped high-quality moviemaking out of the longtime death-grip of the rich WASP boys’ club into the hands of self-funded independent documentarians like myself and I am beyond chuffed at this excellent development.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K comes with Canon EF-mount for the vast array of Canon and other brand cinema and stills photography lenses out there and supplements the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s Micro Four Thirds mount that accepts M43 and adapted larger sensor format lenses.
In order to demonstrate the high quality, similarities and differences between the two cameras’ output, Blackmagic Design is sharing a number of movies in various genres at its Workflow and Gallery pages, with the files viewable in-page or downloadable as camera original files and finished products.
Blackmagic Design’s absence from the recent SMPTE Australia METexpo conference and trade show in Sydney was disappointing but the announcement and imminent release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K takes some of the edge off that.
Priced at US$2,495.00 compared to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s US$1,295.00, the BMPCC 6K is the most affordable cinema camera in its class with both BMPCC models usable stripped-down and handheld as well as heavily rigged and tripod or gimbal-mounted for Hollywood quality feature film production of documentary and narrative movies.
What next for Blackmagic Design and its noble quest to make high-end moviemaking accessible to the rest of us?
Perhaps Grant Petty might consider creating a second version of the BMPCC 6K with a shorter lens flange depth and a set of adapters permitting attaching a broader range of lenses such as those made by Fujifilm, Nikon and more.
Fujifilm’s Fujinon lenses are of particular interest given that Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras use APS-C/Super 35 sensors, the same size as the one in the BMPCC 6K.
Fujifilm’s Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and MK 50-135mm T2.9 cinema zoom lenses would be terrific to use natively with the BMPCC 6K as would SLR Magic’s X-mount MicroPrimes which now come in 12mm, 15mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm focal lengths.
Imagine ever-increasing numbers of hybrid photography and video shooters relying on Fujifilm XF cameras and X-mount lenses for stills work then being able to use the same lenses on a possible future variable-mount BMPCC 6K camera.
It seems unlikely that Fujifilm would provide raw video capability on its cameras any time soon, whether via Apple ProRes Raw or Blackmagic Design’s BRAW, but Fujifilm and Blackmagic Design cameras would complement each other nicely if the latter takes up this suggestion.
Adapted lenses have their pros and cons given the variable feature sets and quality of currently available third-party adapters, but the BMPCC 6K now makes Sigma’s Canon EF-mount 18-55mm and 50-100mm zoom lenses even more appealing in their stills and cinema versions.
Pity Metabones has not seen fit to make an EF-to-X-mount Smart Adapter and a Speed Booster given the proven quality of their other adapter offerings, and the reason remains a mystery given the high potential market for them.
The same thoughts above apply to the short flange distance L-mount lenses made by Sigma, Panasonic and Leica – imagine being able to use them on a possible BMPCC 6K variant as well as L-mount cameras.
- Blackmagic Design – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
- Blackmagic Design – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Gallery
- Blackmagic Design – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Workflow
- Metabones – Fujifilm X/G Mount – at time of writing only lists Canon FD Lens to Fuji X adapter and Canon FD to Fuji X Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x. The Canon FD lens range includes some excellent prime and zoom lenses that remain suitable for contemporary use in manual focussing and are being bought up by those in the know but it would be good to be able to adapt current electronic-only Canon lenses to Fujifilm cameras.
- Metabones – Metabones® Introduces a New Series of Speed Booster® for BMPCC 4K Camera – for BMPCC 4K
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- Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – B&H
- Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (Canon EF) – B&H
- Canon EF mount lenses – B&H
- Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 cinema zoom lens – B&H
- Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 cinema zoom lens – B&H
- L-mount lenses – B&H
- Metabones lens adapters – B&H
- Micro Four Thirds mount lenses – B&H
- Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF – B&H
- Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF – B&H
- SLR Magic MicroPrime ciné lenses – B&H