It has a tight front element, so when mounting the camera in the cage, the lens has to be detached first, and then attached again once the cage is mounted. From most manufacturers, we didn’t receive all accessories for the BMPCC 4K cage. The total weight of the basic setup of the Zacuto full cage is 473g. I am not a big fan of the HDMI and USB-C protector which 8Sinn uses, but it certainly helps in some way. I also like very much the wide range of accessories that Tilta offers for the cage. Minus points for CAME-TV here. We only tested the full cage, which was actually one of the first cages to be available for the Pocket 4K. The online camera community is still bubbling with reviews, comparisons to other cameras and stories about accessories. Top Rated Gear: Tilta Basic Camera Cage Kit for BMPCC 4K, Gray MFR: TA-T01-B-G. Other than that, there is also a special side handle with one slot for the Samsung T5 SSD. As a bonus, their Nucleus follows focus also works well with the side handles. Top Rated Gear: Tilta Camera Cage Kit for BMPCC 4K, Gray MFR: TA-T01-A-G. The bottom side of the cage has retractable pins on both sides of the screw to slide in the pin holes on the bottom to prevent wiggle when the camera is mounted in the cage. 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. When installed, it supports the connector from one side and there is a small bolt, which can fix the connector in place. I think the side handles are better secured in place without the rod support attached. We also received wooden side handles for CAME-TV cages. There is a Samsung T5 SSD clamp on top of the cage, which has quite a nice design with big Zacuto logo on top and an extra cold shoe. The USB-C cable from Tilta has special connectors with screws, which I find to be the best type of protection. The rod support piece is solid with standard mounts. There is a cold shoe mount on the left top side. The top of the cage features a cold shoe mount, the top and side have numerous 1/4″ mounting points, most of them with anti-rotation pinholes. When inserting the camera it was quite a struggle to position it correctly inside, because the cage is a very tight fit. For the HDMI connector, Tilta also supplies their own L-shape adapter with a small screw which fixes it securely in position. It is also possible to attach neck strap on the camera as there are mounts for that on the right side of the camera. I tested the Smallrig half cage (type 2254) with the 15mm rod support, top handle, and the wooden side handle with the SSD slot. The short answer: in most cases, they will! 3. It really depends on what you are looking for and which factors are important for you when choosing the right cage. Those pins are, however, fixed in the cage’s design and that complicates things a bit when inserting the camera in the cage. They don’t have any buttons. Description. 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. Smallrig BMPCC 4K half-cage has a simple one-piece aluminium design. D Focus System is based in the USA. More on that in the handles section. Bato Prosic is a freelance director/cinematographer in love with the craft of storytelling, be it documentary or narrative. 8Sinn, CAME-TV, Smallrig, Tilta, Vocas, and Zacuto… Let’s see which one comes out on top in this ultimate BMPCC 4K Cage Shootout! Zacuto also offers a metabones adapter support, but we didn’t receive it for the test. 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. In order for the weight to be fair and comparable, we reduced each cage to a simple setup – cage itself, HDMI and USB-C protector, and a top handle. I just find the upper aluminium piece by the hand strap at the end of the cage too sharp and I can imagine it can hurt after a long time holding and operating the cage. 8Sinn BMPCC 4K cage has a simple but functional aluminium design with a tight fit. Vocas BMPCC 4K half-cage has a simple and very lightweight aluminium design with a tight fit. I like how they focused on external powering solutions too. 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. It also unobstructed battery & SD card access. 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. Compatibility: Blackmagic Design, Kit Type: Handgrip, Rod Diameter: 15mm Rods There is a simple aluminium clamp for the Samsung T5 SSD. The total weight of the basic setup of the CAME-TV half cage is 461g. I like the fact that you can either have a full cage or half cage by simply detaching a part of the cage. The Vocas half-cage is made out of three pieces bolted together and to mount the camera in you need to loosen two of those screws and open the cage a bit for the pins to go in their place. 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. There are lots of threads and two cold shoes on top of the cage. Notable amongst the generally high-quality Shape accessories are the trademark button rotatable handles and grips (there are two different top handles available) and the side handle for the left side of the BMPCC 4K cage. It is also suitable for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. I really hope they solved the problem with the right dimensions. Now let’s take a look at all the cages in alphabetical order. The second option, which I would prefer, is mounting the Samsung T5 SSD inside in the wooden side handle. It protects the grip but makes it actually too bulky to hold. Dieser vollständig modulare, äußerst vielseitige Kameragehäuse wurde speziell für die BMPCC 4K-Kamera entwickelt. What is an important factor for you when choosing a cage? It is securely locked to the camera by 1/4’’-20 screws on the top and bottom, with additional locating pins and rubber pads on the base plate preventing wiggles and scratches. 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. Compatible with Ronin S … This process takes a bit longer than with the pins. One of the handles mounts to the top of the cage with two Hex screws. Regarding prices for the most basic version of the cage, the current landscape of BMPCC 4K cages looks like this: SmallRig cages start at $55.00 and $69.00 respectively; Tilta is asking for $69.00 (half cage) or $99.00 (not yet available) Shape’s basic cage starts at $175.00 Big advantage of this solution is that it can accommodate SSDs of various sizes. We put seven camera cages (from six different manufacturers) for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (shortly BMPCC 4K) head to head for an in-depth look, review, and comparison. It is also probably the best cage for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. They offer a wide range of accessories. :) Let us know in the comments underneath the article. 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. They also offer the 15mm rods base, but we didn’t receive it for our test as well. They also started offering a sunhood for the Pocket 4K’s display, but we also didn’t receive it for our test. 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. SmallRig Cage Kit for Blackmagic Design BMPCC 4K & 6K Camera, with Camera Cage Top Handle SSD Mount Holder for Samsung SSD T5 - KCVB2748. Arm your camera with the Tiltaing Camera Cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K/6K. The handle itself is mounted on the cage through a long NATO rail, so it can be moved up and down. They offer one version of half cage, which we also received for the test. $118.99 $ 118. They really offer a wide variety of gadgets. Therefore, if you plan on using the connectors, it is better to open the rubber caps before inserting the camera in the cage. How do you like our new wallpaper in the cinema5D studio? Generally, I wish more manufacturers provided slots for other SSDs than just the Samsung T5. In some cases (when the cage has two “pillars” on the left side) it is quite difficult to open the rubber caps on the left side to get access to all the connectors once the camera is mounted in the cage. The cage is very lightweight. Shape’s BMPCC 4K cage is available in a barebones version, but also in kits, offering different combinations of accessories, ranging from simple top handle all the way to fully built shoulder mount solutions with a mattebox and follow focus. Wooden Camera’s BMPCC 4K cage shows quite a different approach. © 2021 All rights reserved. Because of the exact fit, I had problems getting the camera out of the cage. That means the HDMI cable will always face to the back next to the screen. It provides good flexibility. 2. There are no side handles available. 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. Jakub has over 7 years of experience with camera work and post-production. Tilta also provides a different version of the clamp for SSDs from Angelbird. However, there is no support from the other side – when fixing the connector with the bolt, it is actually bending it as there is nothing to hold it from the other side. Their cage is light (7.8oz) with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting holes, and features a HDMI cable clamp. Customer Questions & Answers See questions and answers. It secures with one screw at the bottom in the camera’s tripod screw thread and with one screw at the top thread. SmallRig Full Cage for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K & 6K (New Version) 2203B is a form-fitting cage. It is quite easy to assemble and disassemble the camera in the cage. The total weight of the basic setup of the Vocas cage is 332g, which makes it the lightest cage in our test. We didn’t receive these mounts for testing, but 8Sinn offers a clamp for the Samsung T5 SSD. The cage comes in at  0.975 lbs / 442g. Obviously, with the cages relying on the standard NATO rails for attaching handles, you can either use some of SmallRig’s own side grips and top handles, or just any manufacturers NATO handles. We already know that the Tilta cages for the BMPCC 4K will also fit the BMPCC 6K. This “full” camera cage provides complete protective armor for the BMPCC 4K and BMPCC 6K camera body while providing several 1/4”-20 and 3/8” … The main difference are the slightly larger vents on the Pocket 6K, plus the larger (EF) mount, which might be a problem if you have a cage that encloses that mount (like for example some of the CAME-TV cages, see below). © 2021 All rights reserved. This might be due to the fact that it isn’t technically a full cage – it is open on the right side, with a padded side leash securing your hold on the BPMCC 4K’s pretty comfortable grip. Zacuto cage is, however, not so great for frequent mounting and unmounting of the camera. There is no USB-C connection protector included. Zacuto is a tight lightweight one-piece aluminium cage. We tested the “Rig” version. The first option is a simple aluminium bracket which can be mounted on top of the cage. IN STOCK Complete purchase by 3pm CST and order will ship same business day.. It is not very suitable for frequent mounting and removing of the camera. The top handle attaches by quick release to a NATO rail that's screwed in on top of the cage. Instead of retractable pins at the bottom of the cage, there are tiny bolts that need to be screwed in the small holes in the camera. They have four mounting threads – two 1/4″ and two 3/8″, one cold shoe and they can be rotated in four different directions. 1 x BMPCC Cage 1 x Top Handle 2 x M3 Screw 4 x 1/4'' Screw 3 x Hex Spanner 1 x Plate with Locating Pins. With force, they can be tightened, but they slightly bent the cage. There is a lot of 1/4″ threads, but only two 3/8″ threads at the bottom of the cage. Zacuto has a new quick mounting system Polaris which we also received for the test and it was part of the 15mm rods support base. There is a Hex key at the bottom of the cage which is held in place with magnets. Do you prefer the high integration of Shape’s system or the lower price of SmallRig’s alternatives? The cage itself also has quite a big opening for the lens, so even inserting the BMPCC 4K with a bigger lens mounted should not be a problem. After shooting with this camera since Oct, the Small Rig Seemed to be the best choice of all the cages I … We did not receive the 15mm rod support for our test, but Vocas does offer it. Their cage is modestly priced, sturdy, and well designed. The grip of the handle is comfortable. The camera is secured very well in the cage. Smallrig cage has NATO rails both on top and on the side, so you can choose where to mount it. 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. Buy Tilta BMPCC 4K/6K Advanced Module (Tactical Gray) featuring Full Camera Cage for BMPCC 4K/6K, SSD Drive Holder for Samsung T5, 8" Long 90° USB Type-C Cable, Quick Release Top Handle, Rubber-Grip Side Power Handle, 15mm LWS Baseplate, Pair of 7.87" Long Black Aluminum Rods, Partial Sun Hood for BMPCC 4K./6K. My hands are not small, but I didn’t feel like I am holding the camera with the grip cover very safely. The front element can be removed though. There are more companies out there which offer cages for the Pocket 4K. The top handle is used with other Smallrig cages as well and it is ergonomic and quite comfortable. Tilta Cage system for BMPCC 4K. I think the handle on the left side makes some sense, but the one on the right does not because it makes it hard to operate the buttons of the camera. It is possible to unscrew the large nut holding the handle in place and rotate it freely to face whichever direction. The measurements of the housing are identical on both cameras. The total weight of the basic setup of the CAME-TV full cage is 588g. It might be possible to mount other brands of SSDs in the clamp too. It mounts to a long NATO rail no the cage so it can be moved back and forth. It is a simple platform with rubber straps. 4.7 out of 5 stars. Ease of assembly and disassembly and how securely is the camera attached to the cage? That helps us to keep creating long reviews like this one. It holds the cables pretty well in place in my opinion. 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. The hand strap on the right side is nice and ensures a safe grip. The other handle (in my opinion the better one) mounts to the front of the cage and offers an extra 15mm rod mount. For me, it is the best and safest solution out of all tested protectors. In the case of the BMPCC 4K, there is now a wide variety of compatible cages, and the quality differences are quite significant. It consists of a simple L-piece HDMI adapter and small bracket which keeps it securely in place. We are very thankful for that. Jakub Han is a freelance filmmaker based in Vienna. Thanks to the bottom screw with fitting side pins and top screw there is no wiggle whatsoever. SmallRig Full Cage for BMPCC 4K & 6K (Dark Olive) 2766 provides accessory mounting and protection for your camera. They also offer baseplate battery mount for Sony NP-F batteries. Smallrig also offers QR half cage (type 2255) with quick release plate in the cage and full cage (type 2203), which we didn’t get for our test. It stands in a way otherwise. Vocas cage is also an interesting choice thanks to its lightweight minimalistic design, the universal SSD mount, and good HDMI adaptor. There is a cold shoe mount on the left top side. When I tried to mount them, I found out the clamps are positioned so unfortunately, they even bent the adapters when tightened. He is interested in new tech and trends in filmmaking and passionate about action sports and short documentaries. There is only an HDMI adapter protector, no USB-C protector. Both Nucleus handles have 12V output for the camera and 8V output for the Nucleus Nano motor. 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 … , that they also offer a universal SSD mounting clamp, which can fix the connector place. 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