Blackmagic Design announced the 4K Production camera and the 2.5K original Cinema Camera are getting PL mounts. Up until now, the BMPC was only available in Canon EF mount, and the 2.5K BMCC in MFT and EF. Providing shooters with a PL mount option is an excellent and very logical move, as it will allow for professional cinema lenses to be used with those cameras.
Wooden Camera, a US third party accessories maker, also offer a custom PL-mount conversion, and so do Denz in Germany, for those who wanted to get their BMD cameras permanently fitted with a PL mount. According to CEO Grant Petty, a PL mount on the BMCC and BMPC was envisioned from the cameras’ inception, and midway through the development process they decided to switch a Canon mount as more people had access to EF lenses.
However, BMD have finally decided to offer their BMCC and BMPC in PL mount, expanding the pre-URSA camera range to include – a BMCC EF, MFT, PL, and BMPC EF and PL mount – a total of 5 different models. High-end productions or those requiring the quality of PL mount professional cinema lenses can now rest assured BMD’s got their back.
Incorporating a solid stainless steel PL mount, which is shimmable as well, to allow for a perfect fit for any PL mount lens, makes the BMPC, and/or BMCC formidable cameras once again. The combination of the 12-bit raw and high-end/vintage/cinema lenses. It almost sounds like a me a marriage made in heaven. I thought that BMD would announce PL versions this NAB, but of course they put out the bigger announcement of the URSA then, saving the PL mount and other announcements for IBC.
Blackmagic Design announced also its acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc., a leading developer of high end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software for the feature film, commercial, television and broadcast industries. eyeon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
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IBC 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of two new cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL. Both cameras now include PL mount models for using professional cinema lenses or even vintage cinema lenses and are now available from $2,295.
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.
The new PL lens mount options for the classic Blackmagic Cinema Camera design now provides customers with an extremely small and extremely strong design. The strength comes from the chassis which is machined out of a solid block of aluminum. With the combination of the PL lens mount, the whole camera design has enough strength to hold an extremely heavy PL mount lens. This means cinematographers now have a professional PL mount digital film camera that’s so small, the camera body is only a little larger than the lens mount itself. Customers then get a design that can fit into the tightest locations while still allowing decades of classic professional film lenses to be used.
With these 2 new PL mount models, Blackmagic Design customers can now choose from 5 separate variations of this small, tough design. With a combination of 2 different sensor types as well as 3 different lens mounts, customers can now simply select the features they need based on the work they do.
Read full press release about the PL mount versions of the BMPC and BMCC.
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