The DSLR Evolution

Back in 2008, Canon released the EOS 5D Mark II, which forever changed the way we shoot video. It was an act of rebellion, as novice and pro shooters alike traded their dedicated video camcorders in lieu of video-enabled DSLRs. Thus, the DSLR Revolution was born, and with it, an entire universe of support gear.

Fast-forward six years, and DSLRs are stronger than ever, but there are some differences. Some have evolved into mirrorless cameras, like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 and Sony a7S, and instead of HD, some of these compact cameras are now capturing 4K resolution. New manufacturers, like Blackmagic Design, have entered the game and taken the DSLR’s single-sensor form factor and evolved it into cameras that are designed strictly for video capture.

Although these cameras are loaded with new features and capabilities, if you want to create professional-looking video, you’ll need additional gear to achieve this and, thankfully, the market is flooded with accessories that are crucial to your workflow. With so many options, one can spend more time looking for gear than shooting, so to help you traverse the marketing mire, we’ve conducted a thorough search to find the best new products to help you shoot like a pro.

REDROCK MICRO RETROFLEX

Redrock Micro has taken the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and turned it into a handheld shooting machine reminiscent of the days of Super 8 film with the RetroFlex rig bundle. It starts with the cage, which features nine mounting points, including a cold-shoe. The cage doesn’t obstruct access to the lens mount, allowing you to easily change lenses. An included 3x optical viewfinder with diopter is magnetically attached to the cage, making it easy to remove and replace.

The RetroFlex comes with a handle, which includes a leather strap at the base that can be removed to access the ¼-20 mount. With its start/stop button, it allows you to record without having to reposition your hands.

The RetroFlex is available now, and is priced at $495. store.redrockmicro.com

WOODEN CAMERA 4K MOD + PL MOUNT FOR THE BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K

This modification converts your BMPC 4K to an interchangeable mount with an included PL mount. To do this, you send your camera to Wooden Camera, where they install the mod. The average turnaround is five business days.

The interchangeable mount is compatible with RED EPIC/SCARLET lens mounts, which, by use of adapters, allows you to mount PL, Nikon, Canon, Leica and BNCR glass. Electronic control isn’t available for lenses with RED mounts.

The modification includes a wooden faceplate with working wooden record button, but the original rubber faceplate can be reinstalled, if requested. For proper flange focus, modified cameras require the use of an included shim set, which is installed on your camera prior to shipping.

The Wooden Camera 4K Modification + PL Mount costs $1,295. www.woodencamera.com

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