Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera crop factor and lenses

By Posted 7 Oct 2013, 11:19

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is one of those devices that cater for a certain need, but it is one many of you find a little confusing. However, for those who stick with it will find it has a huge amount to offer, but learning about the crop factor when choosing the right lenses is imperative.

We’ve seen on several forums people asking what is the best lens to use, as they are about to purchase a new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The reason that some people are getting confused is because of the crop factor, as the S16 sensor gives a crop factor of 3x of a full frame. This means if you are looking for a wide-angle lens then you will want at least a 8mm lens.

It is obvious there is a lot to consider, and so we suggest you visit the Yahoo Answers, as the original question has gained a great response.

If you are still having trouble making your mind up because we know how some answers can contradict each other, then you might want to consider this handy calculator that helps work out the most effective FoV for your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

An informative table comparing focal lengths to full-frame 35mm equivalents:

An informative table comparing focal lengths to full-frame 35mm equivalents:

You will find a rather informative table above that looks at the focal lengths and their full-frame 35mm equivalents. You will also find this source of interest because they look into the C-mount Super 16mm lenses, and the problems with using them on the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. However, if you are still struggling to find out what is best for you, then we would suggest the Blackmagic Forum.

Those of you who know just what lens you want for this camera, then maybe the video below will give you something else to think about, as Blunty offers a review of the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera with a trio of C-Mount lenses.

We also have a full review and a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera vs. GH3, 70D and RX100 comparison shootout.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera crop factor and lenses