Arm your camera with the Tiltaing Camera Cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K/6K. When evaluating all cages, I have to say all of them had their advantages and disadvantages. Like Tilta, SmallRig offers two versions of their cage, one half cage and one full cage – the main difference being five more 1/4″ and one more 3/8″ mounting points on the full cage’s right side. Very tight, but it did. 2. Bato Prosic is a freelance director/cinematographer in love with the craft of storytelling, be it documentary or narrative. The cage is very lightweight. Arm your camera with the Tiltaing Camera Cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K/6K. They don’t have any buttons. Dieser vollständig modulare, äußerst vielseitige Kameragehäuse wurde speziell für die BMPCC 4K-Kamera entwickelt. There is no wiggle whatsoever. Zacuto also offers a metabones adapter support, but we didn’t receive it for the test. There is a simple aluminium clamp for the Samsung T5 SSD. We didn’t receive these mounts for testing, but 8Sinn offers a clamp for the Samsung T5 SSD. Smallrig made a handle with a tight fit space where you can lock the SSD in place. The handle itself is mounted on the cage through a long NATO rail, so it can be moved up and down. It features multiple mounting points including NATO rails, 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 mounting threads, ARRI-style accessory mounts, and cold shoe. The Unified BMPCC4K / BMPCC6K Camera Cage is designed for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K cameras and features a minimalist design that provides mounting points on the top and side while leaving all of the camera's vital controls on the right grip and left side easily … It is quite easy for assembly and disassembly. The handle is fixed in place with two screws and can be slightly moved back and forth or mounted in the other direction or on the side of the cage. It is quite easy to assemble and disassemble the camera in the cage. Customer reviews. The bottom of the cage consists of a quick release system for the integrated Manfrotto-style baseplate and a pin to secure lenses or speed boosters. The Tilta cage, our shootout winner, seemed not to fit the BMPCC 6K at first, but then I removed the front piece with the Tilta logo and the small rubber piece on the inside of that cage and it actually did fit. Generally, I wish more manufacturers provided slots for other SSDs than just the Samsung T5. There is a cold shoe mount on the left top side. The new Tilta cage for the BMPCC 4K boasts a unique pro build, and a modular design allowing camera operators to attach a top handle (with a cold shoe lock to prevent accessories from slipping out), an external SSD, a sun hood, or even a Sony NP-F970 L series compatible side-handle to get some more juice for the power hungry Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera. (Check out our review by clicking here). 13 global ratings. That said, cages don’t just add several mounting threads and cold shoes, they also improve the protection of the camera body, usually add better grips and handles, and protect the HDMI connector and other ports. Get it as soon as Wed, Dec 30. With the Smallrig cage in the version we got, there are two possibilities to mount an SSD and both are only made for Samsung T5 SSDs. The cage is a tight fit and so the camera can still be used very well handheld. 8Sinn BMPCC 4K cage has a simple but functional aluminium design with a tight fit. The top handle is ergonomic and quite comfortable. Dieser vollständig modulare, äußerst vielseitige Kameragehäuse wurde speziell für die BMPCC 4K-Kamera entwickelt. It provides good flexibility. We received a LOT of Tilta accessories to test with the cage. It might be possible to mount other brands of SSDs in the clamp too. There wasn’t any Metabones adapter support included with the cage, but 8Sinn offers it as an additional accessory. I especially like the big handle as Sony NP-F970 batteries provide a high capacity for the BMPCC 4K. Vocas cage is also an interesting choice thanks to its lightweight minimalistic design, the universal SSD mount, and good HDMI adaptor. Now let’s take a look at all the cages in alphabetical order. Vocas BMPCC 4K half-cage has a simple and very lightweight aluminium design with a tight fit. What are the best normal zoom lenses for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? SmallRig Cage Kit for Blackmagic Design BMPCC 4K & 6K Camera, with Camera Cage Top Handle SSD Mount Holder for Samsung SSD T5 - KCVB2748. The top handle is used with other Smallrig cages as well and it is ergonomic and quite comfortable. The total weight of the basic setup of the Vocas cage is 332g, which makes it the lightest cage in our test. to provide further mounting points for accessories (the camera does not have a cold shoe at all). Thanks to the bottom screw with side pins and top screw there is no wiggle whatsoever. Or are you holding out for Tilta to make their very comprehensive accessory system for the BMPCC 4K available? It holds the SSD quite safely in place, although not as safely as a solid aluminium clamp. Tilta Cage system for BMPCC 4K. Overall, I like the amount and length of NATO rails with this cage. It is quite easy (although not as easy as with the 8Sinn cage) to assemble and disassemble the camera in the cage. The Kondor Blue Full Cage with Top Handle for BMPCC 4K/6K is a four-sided cage featuring an integrated bubble level and built-in shoe mount. Therefore, if you plan on using the connectors, it is better to open the rubber caps before inserting the camera in the cage. It is also probably the best cage for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. The Smallrig half cage is quite easy for assembly and disassembly. Shape’s solution for a BMPCC 4K cage is made of CNC machined aluminium and comes at a rather light 0.66 lbs / 0.3kg. We already know that the Tilta cages for the BMPCC 4K will also fit the BMPCC 6K. We tested the “Rig” version. It is the exact size for the top and bottom screw, so that is quite helpful when mounting the camera in the cage. It is not that easy to assemble and disassemble the camera in the cage. In his spare time he likes to test gear to the point of structural failure. © 2021 All rights reserved. Amongst the accessories Wooden Camera is offering are a D-Tap to DC cable for the camera, a universal viewfinder mount that can be attached to the top handle’s rod attachment, a unified baseplate that supports 15mm rods and a MFT to PL mount adapter. CAME-TV does not seem to offer any external battery mounting solution. to mount an SSD on the body for external recording via USB-C port. The top of the cage is more or less a cheese plate with numerous 1/4″ and some 3/8″ mounting points, one of the latter also featuring holes for anti-rotation pins. Because of the exact fit, I had problems getting the camera out of the cage. It protects the grip but makes it actually too bulky to hold. Thanks to the bottom screw with side pins and top screw there is no wiggle whatsoever. Review Tilta TA-T01-A The advantage is that there is a universal SSD mount included with the cage. It seems Zacuto does not offer any external battery mount for the BMPCC 4K. Tilta offers a variety of side handles. When it comes to powering solutions, apart from the side handles with battery slots Tilta also offers V-mount plates either for the back to be mounted on 15mm rods or under the camera as a baseplate. When I tried to mount them, I found out the clamps are positioned so unfortunately, they even bent the adapters when tightened. When inserting the camera it was quite a struggle to position it correctly inside, because the cage is a very tight fit. As a bonus, their Nucleus follows focus also works well with the side handles. to provide mounting for follow focus ( BMPCC 4K doesn’t have usable AF). It is no full cage, but rather consists of a top and bottom, connected by a rod on the camera’s left side. That is not ideal. The camera also has a small wiggle even when all bolts are tightened, so it seems the tiny bolts don’t hold it in place as firmly as the pins would. An SSD mount is also available. The form-fitting design maintains high level of precision and ergonomics. It mounts to a long NATO rail no the cage so it can be moved back and forth. He is interested in new tech and trends in filmmaking and passionate about action sports and short documentaries. Description. It also unobstructed battery & SD card access. We received the tactical finish version and I have to say I like it a lot. I tested the cage with the Scorpio handle and I like its design and ergonomics. Includes Full Camera Cage for BMPCC 4K/6K, SSD Drive Holder for Samsung T5, Quick Release Top Handle, 90-Degree USB-C Cable (20cm), Wooden Side Handle, 15mm LWS Baseplate, (2) 15x200mm Rods – Black and Partial Sunhood. There is an SSD mount included with the cage. SMALLRIG Cage Kit für Blackmagic Design BMPCC 4K & 6K Kamera, BMPCC 4K & 6K Cage Kit mit Cage Top Handle und SSD-Halter - KCVB2748 Hohe Anpassungsfähigkeit: Das Käfig-Kit wurde speziell für BMPCC 4K- und 6K-Kameras entwickelt und wird mit einem Käfig, einem oberen Gewindegriff und einer SSD T5-Halterung geliefert. 8Sinn has multiple top handles available for all their cages – basic handle, pro handle, and Scorpio handle. There are more companies out there which offer cages for the Pocket 4K. Is there an SSD Mount and/or External Battery Mount? The cages are approximately 1mm higher than the camera, so the bolts cannot be tightened properly. On our photos, you can see everything that we received for testing, but we always mention if the manufacturer offers additional accessories or even other versions of the BMPCC 4K cage. cold shoes on both ends. We got information directly from Zacuto, that they fixed this issue in the production run of the cages, so the HDMI and USB-C protectors have been redesigned and should work better now. They offer one version of half cage, which we also received for the test. to protect the plastic body of the camera. On top of the cage, there is one extra cold shoe on the right side and one ¼” thread with ARRI locating pins left from the handle. There is also 15mm rod side mount on the handle’s neck. Can you imagine using the Pocket 4K without a cage? Congratulations if you managed to read the whole article. On the top and left side of the cage are built-in NATO rails, where you can attach SmallRig NATO Top Handle 1955 or SmallRig Wooden NATO Side Handle 2187 for hand-held shooting. If you want to compare these cages to the others we have reported about, here are the articles relating to those: Regarding prices for the most basic version of the cage, the current landscape of BMPCC 4K cages looks like this: Of course we will keep you posted about other new cage systems and accessories being released for the BMPCC 4K. The total weight of the basic setup of the CAME-TV full cage is 588g. One essential accessory for most people would be a cage system of some sort, to alleviate some of the rigging problems that smaller cameras inherently face. TILTA TA-T01-B-G BMPCC 6K / BMPCC 4K Kamera Käfig Basic Kit Cage Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K / 6K Rig (BMPCC 6K Basic Kit) Dieses Set kann nur mit BMPCC 4K /6K verwendet werden. This could be problematic when mounting a follow focus with a smaller lens. 8Sinn, CAME-TV, Smallrig, Tilta, Vocas, and Zacuto…. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of BMPCC 4K cages. On the camera’s left side there is an integrated clamp that secures the HDMI-cable into place, but curiously enough this clamp doesn’t extend downwards enough to also secure the USB-C cable while recording to an SSD. Both cages came with a bottom 15mm rods holder, which is a standard CAME-TV holder. It secures with the top and bottom bolts and it has a metal piece with two pins for the bottom, which can be taken out completely. It is also suitable for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. It is not very suitable for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. Smallrig BMPCC 4K half-cage has a simple one-piece aluminium design. It is possible to unscrew the large nut holding the handle in place and rotate it freely to face whichever direction. Further, in the test, we will refer to this setup as a “basic setup”. Minus points for CAME-TV here. 4.7 out of 5 stars. It is also possible to attach neck strap on the camera as there are mounts for that on the right side of the camera. The online camera community is still bubbling with reviews, comparisons to other cameras and stories about accessories. This “half” camera cage provides protective armor for around half of the BMPCC 4K/6K camera body while providing several 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 mounting points as well as two cold shoe mounting points. The best standard range zoom is Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH (Amazon, B&H). Thumbs up for Tilta and Vocas in this regard. What is an important factor for you when choosing a cage? Amongst the accessories SmallRig makes for this cage specifically are a Metabones adapter support that attaches to the bottom front of the cages, an SSD mount compatible with Samsung T5 SSDs and a combined HDMI and USB-C clamp that screws into the cage’s side. The cable sits perfectly in place and cannot be pulled out unintentionally. This process takes a bit longer than with the pins.