John Brawley

Lives in United States Los Angeles, United States
Works as a Cinematographer
Has a website at www.johnbrawley.com
Joined on Oct 21, 2010
About me:

Cinematographer
www.johnbrawley.com
http://johnbrawley.wordpress.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1095487/

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Zakzoezie: Is presented as pocketable camera to do handheld filming, and on adds it shows often the Canon 85mm f1.2 lens. Now since there is still not any kind of stabilization build into this thing, I would like to see the footage of this camera handheld and with the 85mm lens on it ... good luck. Oh yeh, and please don't tell me it is a pro camera intended to be installed on a mega rig and on a rail system, because this camera is NOT advertised like this !

When iI shoot with pocket cameras I tend to shoot without a rig. I don’t use rails or stabilisers or IS lenses. I haven’t shot with THAT lens but I’ve shot that focal length hand held and greater and it’s on streaming shows you can watch today.

It’s certainly possible to shoot hand held on an 85mm lens in some scenarios with this camera. It all depends on what you’re doing and the skill of the operator.

JB

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2021 at 07:29 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Hands-on with anamorphic lenses (140 comments in total)

"first anamophic lens designed for micro four thirds cameras"

I think maybe SLR Magic might have something to say about that ?

They had a set announced in 2015.

https://www.eoshd.com/2015/09/slr-magic-announce-set-of-21-anamorphic-cinema-primes/

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2019 at 17:39 UTC as 11th comment
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A Owens: Does anyone know who makes the sensor in these things and its base ISO rating?

Forza Silicon make them custom but from what I understand they only have 14 bit ADC's so I'm guessing they're getting this from their HDRx mode (takes a second image in the cycle). So while it may be creating a 16 bit compressed "bucket" for the files generated it's coming off from what I understand to be a 14 bit sensor. RED RAW files are also compressed and they have patents on how they do their compression. IN fact they sued Sony a few years ago when they introduced Sony RAW on the F55 / F65 for mimicking their processing / compression techniques.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 21:15 UTC

I'm a working cinematographer / photographer and I own the black version of this lens.

It's an outstanding lens.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/johnbrawley/xPL80z
https://flic.kr/p/tbubi3
https://www.flickr.com/gp/johnbrawley/1097V7
https://flic.kr/p/swdAZa

I also own several other cameras, both digital and film.

There's no way you can ever justify the cost. For a long time I felt the same about Leica.. It's an elitist brand that couldn't ever be worth the money.

Yes it costs, but I also think it's the kind of thing you don't turn over. I've bought a few Leica cameras and lenses and won't think of parting with any of them. Most of the rest of my camera gear seems to turn over every few years.

Leica hold their prices very well, and seemingly go up in price for some items as they get older. If I did sell this lens, I'd get a good price for it and the cost of ownership wouldn't be that much more.

I don't regret the purchase.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 05:17 UTC as 8th comment
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Cy Cheze: Available in July? How many units? 14 perhaps? BM doesn't have exactly a Toyota Motor history of mass production.

Looks like a "concept" camera, meaning a proto-type that BM might bring to production, if they can attract the necessary capital, or arrange for a contract with a firm with a means to pull it off.

75mbps RAW or decompressed video shot with pocket camera is something of an oxymoron: you'd burn up SDXC cards fast, cause the sensor to sizzle, and have a dead battery in no time, all for the sake of huge files you can't edit without a high-grade NLE and workstation--and whose output, when viewed on YT at 5mbps on a small screen, won't draw any more "wow" than what your kid shot with his iPhone.

Still no <$2k camera that shoots 4k video. Not many UHDTVs to view it, true, but it would be video one could crop and not cause lousy IQ.

BMD make everything themselves aside form the obvious things like the sensor or battery. They make the boards, the place the components on the boards the do all the machining. They don't outsource at all. They do it all in-house.

jb

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 10:06 UTC
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Nukunukoo: Question will it use the MFT Lenses' OIS?

IS works if the lens has it.
jb

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 10:04 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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dark goob: If it beats my hacked GH-2 in IQ... I'll eat my computer.

The same as any other camera at this price point. Like a GH2.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:22 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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Visionaryvoyager: I don’t think the engineers at Blackmagic have ever heard of a concept know as ergonomic design. Or perhaps they think this camera is to be used only on sticks?

Don’t get me wrong, it has many great features and who wouldn’t love to have built in waveform monitoring, but it would be really nice to have a handle!

It's made from a single piece of aluminium.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:19 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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Cy Cheze: If one can afford both the camera and the separate recorder, or has a tantigible commercial reason, this might be a fine product.

Meanwhile, the "heavy video compression" so derided by some is actually th e only way you can shoot HD video with a truly portable camera. What one streams to viewers is, in the end, heavily compressed. Intermediate use of RAW video might be relevent for complex edits for ad work or high-budget productions, but is not cost-effective or advantageous to most others. A few weeks ago, Luminous Landscape featured a comparison of RAW versus AVCHD, and there was no discernable difference in the final result.

@ Francis Carver Your suggestion that there's no difference between RAW and comrpessed video shows how little you know. Well all you did was point out a link so in fact you have no experince do you ? 264 / AVC for is a delivery codec, not an aquistion codec. Whilst many do use it as such (including myself) to say there's no differnce is to say you haven't used a RAW workflow. Whilst there may be no VISUAL differnce theres a gigantic gulf of difference when you try to grade or push the imgaes around.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:16 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Great new digi-box, BUT for these few minor issues:

1. Crop factor is anywhere from 2.5x to 3.0x, depending whom you ask. it is major, however. Blackmagic Design had mysteriously "forgot" to mention anything about it in their detailed press release or in the posted specs.

2. You would need native Super 16mm film optics or maybe 1-inch C-mount lenses on it. Then you would need some PL and C-mount adapters to make them fit. Full-frame 135 and even DX sensor lenses would be a serious mis-match.

3. Small chance of being able to record fisheye, UWA, and WA perspective image sequences with this Blackmagic camera, due to the above mentioned lens mis-match issue. Crops, barrrels, etc. They should have announced some dedicated lenses for it as well.

4. You cannot change the battery in this thing. The battery inside the camera is sealed. After you shoot for 75-90 minutes with it, you need to plug camera into the AC adapter for 2 hours, according to the BMD specs. Not too good, is it?

@Francis Carver They'll sell by the thousands.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:06 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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RRJackson: A few things worth mentioning about this. The active sensor size is 15.6mm x 8.8mm. That's a very nice size for shooting moving images.

16mm is 10.26mm x 7.49mm. Super-16 is 12.52mm x 7.41mm. A lot of big-budget films have been shot on 16mm. 'Black Swan' was shot on Super-16 and was nominated for an Academy Award for its cinematography.

It's also not *that* much smaller than 35mm Techniscope, which was the 35mm 2-perf format that Sergio Leone used to use all the time. George Lucas also used Techniscope for 'THX-1138.' At 22mm x 9.47mm it's a little bigger than the Blackmagic, but not all that much.

The point about the EF mount limiting the use of wide-angle lenses is well taken, but wide angle lenses typically involve distortion and in a moving image distortion grabs your eye and won't let go. A little distortion that won't be all that noticeable in a still will cause people and objects to visibly warp and bend as they cross the field of view in motion picture footage.

@Francis Carver There are very few cameras that can actually shoot 2 perf. All the ones that can are more expensive modern ones like Penelope. Arricam's and special order Panaflex.....

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:01 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: A number of observations:

(1) If I read the specifications correctly, this camera, which looks more like a stills camera than a video, nonetheless is video-only. I have no problem with that. Trouble is, good luck finding a stills-only d-SLR. That seems like a double standard to me.

(2) That aside, even if photography & video are "converging" (and I sure hope they aren't, and if they are, I will practically make it my very mission in life to make it not be so if I at all can), what is with dpreview's fixation on video gear of all a sudden? A little here & there is okay, but my goodness--it's like I woke up & Chick-Fil-A suddenly not only sold hamburgers, but forgot about chicken completely.

(3) Lastly--why a sealed-up battery? Something in me worried sooner or later cameras would jump on the "don't let users replace their own batteries" bandwagon. Why are all the electronics manufacturers so insistent on doing this?

@Francis Carver you're wrong mate. The camera does have an internal battery, but it is recharged whenever an external battery or power source is present. You don't have to wait for 2 hours.
Look at it like this. Cameras like the Alexa or RED don't come with a battery. You supply power externall via a battery. This is the same. Except you have an emergency internal battery which means you can change your external battery when it's flat and not have to turn the camera off or cut while rolling.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 02:56 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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fpdima: It's amazing the trash people talk regarding a camera that very few have even seen in action. From the available info and at the $3000 price point (which INCLUDES a $1000 software bundle), it seems to me that BlackMagic took a huge leap forward. To compare this unit to those costing at least five times more is a fool's comparison.

I'm not paid by Blackmagic. They invited me to give them feedback and to test the camera. I have a prototype camera on loan from them.

jb

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 15:14 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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duartix: It's very interesting how to see how most people commenting here don't have a clue as to:

* this being a video camera that will trash most DSLR's video in IQ.

* this being targeted at both independent film making / TV production and not DSLR users

* how this product has characteristics that usually cost 5 digits to gather

* how this product will be disruptive to the professional video market

Having said that, please stop comparing it to the D800 and try to pay more attention to John Brawley 's posts because he's one of the few posters who knows what he's talking about since he has tested it.

Ive shot a lot more than what I was allowed to show. More is coming.

jb

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 20:51 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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jmmgarza: Show me the video at high rez. That is all I ask.

1) Night club bar scene
2) Wedding reception
3) Football game (day and night)
4) At a sunny beach
5) A studio interview one and two shot

Thanks...

there are 2 beach scenes here for you to look at.
http://vimeopro.com/johnbrawleytests/blackmagic-cinema-camera

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 13:42 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Does it have auto aperture and focus with EF lenses? I don't think it is a coincidence the marketing images show a manual zeiss lens on there instead of a Canon L prime.

It does iris and they plan to do AF when the ship.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 13:41 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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dark goob: If it beats my hacked GH-2 in IQ... I'll eat my computer.

It does.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 13:41 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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Visionaryvoyager: I don’t think the engineers at Blackmagic have ever heard of a concept know as ergonomic design. Or perhaps they think this camera is to be used only on sticks?

Don’t get me wrong, it has many great features and who wouldn’t love to have built in waveform monitoring, but it would be really nice to have a handle!

I didn't love it at first, but now I've been using it for a while, i've grown to quite like it. It's quite heavy which I think helps the hand held operating.

jb

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 13:40 UTC
On article Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera (349 comments in total)
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DarkShift: Interesting, but I can't understand why this thing uses EF-mount?

MFT mount would be more suited for small sensor and still allow other lenses through adapters.

EF mount has a much wider installed user base.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 13:38 UTC
On article Sony announces NEX-FS700 '4k-ready' E-mount camcorder (231 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: It's gadgets like these that spell the rise of the indies and the fall of Hollywood.

To people who are in the know, these are exciting times...

More so if the affordability barrier keeps getting smashed.

Keep on truckin', Sony.

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Really ? Since when was the cost of the camera the true barrier to small and independent films being succesful ? We've had 16mm for years. We've had MiniDv for years. We've had HD for years. We've had 5Dmk2's for YEARS. The cameras are not the barrier. Not only that, but in typical Sony fashion, they don't specify what the 4K recording is...is it compressed ? Is it RAW ? When will it be released ? The S-log upgrade to the F3 was nearly a year after they shipped the camera, AND a paid upgrade.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:26 UTC
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