That Next New Camera—Getting Your Partner On Board

Published On January 20, 2014 | By Mike Carroll | Black Magic Cinema Camera, Cameras

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For filmmakers and photographers, a constant interest and topic of conversation is CAMERAS.

They’re like lovers. You’re always thinking: The next one could be just around the corner.

Technology is moving so rapidly, you always have to keep your eyes and your ears open.

If you’re married, like me, or in some other sort of relationship with hard ties, a next camera purchase is always a delicate situation.

I’ve learned that the best way is to get your partner involved.

As my wife Bonnie is an actor* so she has always been understanding an on board with wanting to shoot a new film in be best picture quality that we can afford.

(*I prefer that universal non-gender specific term rather than “actor” and “actress”)

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If you follow this site then you’ll know that I’ve been very – very – intrigued by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and it’s 2.5K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) capabilities.

With the growing appearance of 4K UHD TVs and 4K cameras starting at $4K, I truly am of the mind that 1080 HD is at it’s pinnacle and is already just over the tip on its way to a slow downward decline.

I’m also of the mind that streaming and downloads will probably become the best ways of distributing and receiving films or any kind of content in this format. I love a physical DVD and Blu-Ray, but I think that for the average consumer immediate satisfaction and disposability will become the rule of the day.

So . . . . . That said . . . . . . Getting back to getting your significant other on board with the next camera —–


Last Monday, Bonnie and I took our two greyhounds Alex and Bea out to Folsom Lake to explore.

For those who live outside of California, we are in the midst of our driest year in recorded history. Virtually no rain or snow this entire season. And last year, the winter of 2012-2013 was the first year in my 24 years of working as a TV news cameraman at KCRA-3 here in Sacramento where I did not once get sent up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to cover a snow storm. That has NEVER happened before!!!!

As a result of this second year of official drought, Folsom Lake is down to a mere 30% of it’s normal average capacity. The water is down well over 30-feet from where it would be normally.

We went out and walked through the desert-like landscape and I took my Canon 7D with a Tamron 17-55 F2.8 lens to film Bon walking through this barren wasteland with the dogs.

NOTE: All this footage was shot hand held. In Adobe Premiere, I applied Warp Stabilizer to most of the footage to give it the super-steady look of having

It was an eerie scene.

When we got home that afternoon I edited the footage and sent it via FTP to KCRA to use for weather video. Then uploaded the footage to Vimeo.

Bonnie was blown away by both the images of the greyhounds walking through the barren empty dry lake bed, and by the terrific 1080 24p image quality captured by the Canon 7D.

Bonnie loves anything having to do with the greyhounds.

The next morning, Bon and I were sharing some quiet time before I headed in to start my work week. After a few moments she looked up at me and said, “So . . . how much is the Blackmagic Camera?”

“Well,” I said very thoughtfully, “I’ll look into it a little more seriously if you think so.”

“Can you imagine how good the dogs would look in 2.5K? Whatever that is.”

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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