Not sure quite what to make of the last two posts !
Paul, not knocking you camera. I've just been down this road and have the shelves of c--p to prove it.
The BMPC is kind of wondrous, but also one of this things that no matter how you cut it, it becomes modular once you want to shoot wide, pan, tilt, do a dutch angle, go high, focus with accuracy, smooth out the jerkiness, throw focus, run sound.
Nothing wrong with a 16mm digital film holder with a screen. It's just after some point of shooting exactly eye level, you'll want to get more interesting and then . . . the add ons go on.
Like I said I'll probably buy one, but there is a long wait and I know that every digital camera, still or motion comes with a beta testing period before the kinks are worked out. That's not a diss on BM, that's just the way all digital works.
But you and I see it different. If you blow a shot your disappointed, if I blow I shot I write a check.
If you spin and pan and the viewfinder hits the sun and goes whack, then you just don't spin and pan, but if I've gotta get that shot, I've gotta find a way to get past it.
But that's not bad on you or good for me, because I'd much rather just bypass a difficult shot and have lunch, but I can't.
Actually, only still photographers and guys making movies on lunch money worry about this stuff. Commercial production companies, dps, even large video houses don't own everything, if they own anything and that frees them up to rent what is needed for the shot. Few DP's are going to strap on a steadicam rig or buy a Movi. They'll just hire the guys to do it.
Though I'll bet a lot of dp's do buy the Black Magic, just because it's kind of fun and you'll see a whole lot of stuff coming out for this camera until it's the size of a Arriflex.
That's just what happens.