Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Minolta MD 28mm F/2.8 lens and a RJ Lens Turbo MD-M4/3 focal reducer

Reviews and useful articles

Philip Bloom’s review Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
Black Magic Pocket Camera Review Compared To DSLR and Red Epic by Dave Dugdale
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Review Part 2 by Moritz Janisch (must-see!)
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Review by DSLR Video Shooter (great tips)
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera First Thoughts and Comparision by Matthew Pearce
NEW CAMERA, NEW LIFE (drama, cliches and old ways) – article by MTS Films
ETTR – Exposing to the right for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (for recording in RAW) by Tom Majerski
Small Bag Cinema Camera / Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera / LUTs in Final Cut Pro X by Peter Prevec
The Pocket Rocket by John Brawley
Filmmaking Tips – Ep. 3 (Quick tour of my equipment) / Top 5 reasons to buy a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (even in 2016) by Matteo Bertoli

Field of view

Field of view on BMPCC with your existing lenses: My Lens on a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

LUTs (Look-Up Tables) / Color grading

LUTs: These will help you with color correcting your image. One of the ways to make them work in Final Cut Pro X is to install the $29 LUT Utility by Color Grading Central, but in my opinion the better solution is to buy Color Finale PRO which will make color grading a breeze.

LUT collections:
Analog Color Science ImpulZ for Digital Camera, priced (PRO) at $75 or $95 with LUT Utility
Tom Majerski’s free Vision T LUT based on the Kodak Vision 3 500T film stock
Color Grading Central’s OSIRIS collection, priced at $69
DeLuts by James Miller

Final Cut Pro X color grading tutorials by Color Grading CentralPart 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7 / Part 8 / Part 9 / Part 10 / Part 11 / Part 12 / Part 13 / Part 14 / Part 15.

LUT Master Guide to Color Grading + 24 FREE Film LUTs by Color Grading Central

Color LUTs for the Film Aesthetic by Oliver Peters

Slow motion?

BMPCC’s frame rate is only limited to 30 fps, but  you can use the trick shown in the following video:

Slow motion using FCPX’s Optical FlowVideo / Article – to produce amazing videos like this (remember to shoot at 30 fps with shutter of 45° angle)

Twixtor is even better in creating slow-mo videos than Final Cut Pro X’s built-in Optical Flow, but it’s pricey.


RAW workflow:
Blackmagic Camera Post Workflow by Derek Johnson, Shane Hurlbut’s assistant
RAW CinemaDNG Workflow for DaVinci Resolve / How to Color Grade RAW from Blackmagic Camera 4K by Denver Riddle
BMPCC – Resolve + Premiere Workflow by D. L. Watson – some nice tips even if you’re using FCPX
Raw to BMD Film Log in Adobe Camera Raw (bypassing DaVinci Resolve)
Part I – Importing an XML into Resolve from Premiere / Part II – Primaries and Shot Matching / Part III – Secondaries & Overall Look / Part IV – Finishing Secondaries / Part V – Back to Premiere or Color Correcting Blackmagic ProRes and Raw Footage in DaVinci Resolve 11 by Casey Faris


Vintage and C-mount lenses on BMPCC

Adapting Old Lenses to Modern Cameras
Mount C-Mount lenses on your Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
Adapting lenses for BMPCC from my blog
Nikkor Lens Guide by DSLR Video Shooter

Most used lens/speed booster combo

Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 for Nikon APS-C and Metabones Nikon G to BMPCC Speed Booster

Accessories and software

Recommended SD card: SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB 95mb/s

Neat Video plugin is highly recommended as this camera is not great in low light due to its sensor size.
Focal reducer to gain a stop of light, decrease the effective focal distance and even get more shallow depth of field. I own a Zhongyi Lens Turbo ver II Nikon G–M4/3 focal reducer to use with my Nikon mount lenses: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 / Samyang 35mm T/1.5 Cine. Besides I also have a RJ Lens Turbo Minolta MD – m4/3 focal reducer to use with my M42, Minolta MC and Minolta MD lenses. Highest quality focal reducers are still produced by Metabones.

My journey with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera / My Pocket Cinema Camera Shoulder Rig by TimeInPixels

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