Small Sensor fears? BlackMagic Camera with Anamorphic Lenses
With all the talk of the new BlackMagic camera and its small sensor (apprx 2.4x crop), many people are rightfully nervous to make the leap due to crop factors and wider depth of field. This may actually turn out to be the perfect camera for anamorphic lens lovers in the end…even more so if BMD listened to Andrew Reid’s (EOSHD) request to add a firmware update allowing a 4:3 shooting mode.
But the other main reason being that when using anamorphic lenses, it not only gives you back your wider field of view, it will also make your depth of field even narrower.
Basically, if you use a 2x anamorphic lens with a 100mm prime SLR lens, you will end up with a 50mm field of view but with a 100mm shallow depth of field. That’s one of the reasons filming with anamorphics looks so dramatic (along with vertical bokeh and flares).
Typically you can use an 85mm (or tighter) prime lens with an anamorphic lens on the full frame Canon 5D. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an Iscorama, in that case you can use a 50mm prime. So with the BlackMagic camera, you can finally use those 35mm SLR prime lenses with anamorphic lenses (and you can use 35mm prime lenses with our CineMorph filter as well with this camera).
So instead of ending up with an 85mm field of view on the BlackMagic camera, if you mount a 2x Isco Anamorphic lens to your 35mm prime (available at www.Vid-Atlantic.com) using our anamorphic lens Vamp Clamp, you will have a 42mm field of view along with 85mm shallow depth of field.
Problem solved ;) We’ll see I guess.
This will work with any other cameras in the future that are released with smaller sensor sizes…lets hope they also took Andrew Reid’s advice about the 4:3 sensor mode.
I filmed my footage for this shot from a high angle over-looking the beach. Though there were a lot of buildings in shot I was fairly confident that they could be removed and that the entire scene could be manipulated to appear desolate. Through this high camera angle I gave myself room to introduce new elements to the scene to add interest.
I have been filming in Ealing in Drama Studio London with a small crew for my experimental film module and its all looking, as the DOP so eloquently put it, totally sick!! in a good way. We are using an incredible BlackMagic camera and shooting in ProResHQ - these terrible shots are from my iPhone so they’re not as good but stills shall be up soon.
On location I used a BlackMagic on a tripod to film a still shot of the scene. I filmed using the same camera angle to that was shown in my mock-up panels. However, I wanted the forest to seem much larger and vaster in the shot so I positioned the camera at a good distance away from the scene so that the person with the lantern was quite small but still the main focus.
A clip from a camera test turned “video memorial’ for a beloved friend. Thanks to Jason Stamp on camera, Jon Lutjens edit & effects, Frank DiPiazza sound & music. Go to https://vimeo.com/72737306 for the complete test.
I went to film the green screen shot using the same Blackmagic camera and tripod, with a pop up green screen. Again I filmed this outside, on an overcast day and set the tripod head to be level with the pavement to maintain the same perspective as the backplate. However, this time I set the tripod up at a much lower height to give the impression that the person in focus is much larger. I also filmed this footage in RAW so that I have a lot of colour information to my advantage when try to match the environment colours. It was also useful for getting an accurate key selection on the green screen.