Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera | Fotga (Ebay Filter) | Hoya IR Cut filter | TESTS

 

 

 

I have had a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera for a while now. I bought it after a gig, and have used it mostly indoors. I was unaware of the IR pollution that is suppose to plague the camera. So, having just boughten a Fotga Ebay filter (very cheap) and also the Hoya IR cut filter I decided to do some tests to check out whats up. I asked my daughter to help me out. I set up my colour checker passport card. Put on my Rokinon 85mm cine lens (canon mount), and shot four different shots.

The first is straight from the camera. It was T22.

The second was with the Hoya IR Cut Filter at T22.

The third was with the Fotga filter alone at T4.

The last shot was with the Fotga, and IR Cut Filter at T4.

 

In the video I have three different examples of the footage. The first is straight from the camera. nothing done. The second was a contrast curve. Thats it. No colour correction, no saturation. I wanted to see how tinted the footage has become from the filters. The last is using the colour checker chart correction in Da Vinci Resolve. Once it was corrected nothing else was done to the footage. Exported it and brought it into premiere.

Here is the video

 

 

 

Conclusion,

Well what can I say. There is a green tint to the footage from the filter. But even without the IR filter I was able to correct it easily in Resolve. Tint gone. I didn’t really notice much with the IR filter. But it is safe to say (reading from the internet) It is better to have this filter on the camera for when the sun/light hits the sensor in the right setting. So is it worth the money for these filters?

Yes on the Fotga. If you don’t have a filter or just need an extra. 20 bucks is extremely cheap and it does a pretty good job.

And Yes on the Hoya Ir cut filter. If you have a black magic camera I have to say this is a must for the camera. Pick one up its about 150 dollars. Like I mentioned it is better to have protection for when it is needed. I would rather pay upfront then to loose footage for a paying customer.

 

Hope this helps!