The long, I mean l-o-n-g wait for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ended today. I was able to unbox this precious gemstone of a camera and my GOD did it feel good. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, they are currently available on B&H Photo Video for less than what you would pay for a Canon 5D Mark III.
My first thought when I held the camera was that it is heavy! I wasn’t expecting the body to be so solid and robust. This camera is certainly not made ergonomically for shooting handheld and the form factor alone proves this. Stack on the weight and the positioning of the controls on the back and you soon find that mounting the Blackmagic is really the best way to get the most out of shooting videos with it. The interface alone is pretty straight forward, you don’t get all of the menus and options that most photo + video cameras have for you to navigate through and learn.
The BMCC is currently on backorder, but the sooner you place yours, the sooner you will receive the camera. More footage to come!