Black Magic Cinema Camera now available in Micro Four Thirds

If you listened to our interview with Dan May, you heard him say that Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s future was open for discussion. Now we’re seeing the first iteration of the camera – one that sports a Micro Four Thirds option:


Get an even wider range of lens compatibility with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT with Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount! Perfect for MFT lenses or even adapters to other lens mounts such as PL. You get the same beautiful design that features a machined aluminum chassis, interchangeable optics using Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount for manually operated lenses and adapters, high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats! Includes sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve Software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Joe Marine of NoFilmSchool.com talks about the different options Micro Four Thirds brings to the table:


Now users have some choices to make. If you go with the Canon mount camera, you’ll be able to enjoy electronic control of the lenses as well as image stabilization (at some point, since it’s not enabled just yet). If you go with the MFT version, you won’t be able to use Micro Four Thirds lenses that do not have an iris ring, as there will be no way to control the aperture — not to mention all other lens mounts will need adapters that can handle lenses without an iris ring if you choose to use one. The only way that automatic iris MFT lenses will work is if the iris opens to full wide as you mount the lens, and then you would only be able to use the lens at its widest aperture. Admittedly I don’t know how this will work on the new camera, but you will most likely want to stick with manual iris MFT lenses.

This definitely makes the camera a lot more interesting for a lot more people. While we could get really picky and ask for completely interchangeable mounts, the fact that Blackmagic listened to the complaints and is introducing a MFT model is a huge deal. What this really means is that the BMCC can now use almost any lens ever made, including expensive PL glass — without needing to modify the back of the lens. Check out this handy chart from Samuel Hurtado to see exactly what lenses you can adapt.

So now that we’ve gone over lenses for the EF only model, let’s go over what lenses might work well with this camera — and their equivalent 5D Mark II/Mark III field of view (since they need to have a manual iris):

Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens (57.5mm)
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (40.25mm)
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm F0.95 micro four thirds (115mm)
SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 micro four thirds (27.6mm)

So there are definitely some interesting options now at the wider end, especially those lenses capable of opening up all the way to f/.95 (which also give you another stop in low-light over an f/1.4 lens). So while this news isn’t perfect, it’s about the best thing Blackmagic could have done based on all the feedback with the EF mount only camera body.

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