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IBC 2012: CVP makes major Black Magic camera order

IBC 2012: CVP makes major Black Magic camera order
Staff Reporter
11 September 2012

Reseller CVP has ordered 100 of the version two Black Magic Design Cinema Camera, which incorporates a passive Micro Four Thirds lens (MFT) mount allowing the camera to be combined with a wider range of lenses.

This is the first substantial UK order of the new Black Magic Cinema Camera MFT model, which supports any MFT lens with manual iris and focus, and is also easily adapted to other lens mounts such as PL via a range of third party adapters.
The flexibility of the MFT mount is a result of the mount being much closer to the image sensor, creating space for adapters.
Black Magic Cinema Camera MFT version is identical to the original 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera model, although it does not include lens communication so manual lenses are required.
It is priced at just under $3,000 and is expected to be available from December 2012.
The original Black Magic Cinema Camera, which created a huge amount of interest among filmmakers when it was launched at NAB in April, will be renamed Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF to let customers differentiate between the two models.

Filmmaker James Tonkin, who recently used the Black Magic Cinema Camera MTF on a Robbie Williams shoot in Selfridges department store, described the camera as ‘awesome’ at IBC. Tonkin said the small size of the camera meant it could easily fit into a shoulder bag.
Tonkin shot Williams mostly in RAW format and said that before the Black Magic version two camera he would never have been able to afford a camera capable of producing RAW files for 12 bit processing for good colour grading.
A Black Magic spokesperson said the camera was in production and that it was experiencing huge demand. They also commented that the company was still in the process of trying to resolve issues with some third party components.
The Black Magic Cinema Camera took the market by storm when it launched at NAB, promising a 2.5K sensor and 13 stops of dynamic range.

It captures 12-bit RAW uncompressed footage and can also record to ProRes 422 or DNxHD for direct editing in Avid or FCP. Images from the camera, including uncompressed full 2.5K CinemaDNG files, are stored on the camera’s internal non-proprietary SSD drives.

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Nic Small
Nic Small  | September 12, 2012
I hope Blackmagic pauses long enough from promoting the new model to supply the existing one to those of us who ordered it five months ago and are still waiting.

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