November 1, 2014 at 7:10PM
Cheapest Complete BMPCC system
i don't shoot enough personal projects to justify the cost of owning an Epic, so i've been either renting or borrowing cameras at work for non company projects. luckily i work for a company that owns 4 REDs (2x dragon). As long as EQ is not booked for a job i've been able to rent at little or no cost including those new Zeiss Opus lenses.
But there are times that i just wished i had a camera.
Then in July the BMPCC went on sale for $500. Ordered that day and finally received the camera 1st week of August.
After shooting around with the camera and borrowing lenses, i kept noticing things "missing" from the kit and kept building on it.
ultimately i thing i was able to create the cheapest but the most complete camera bmpcc. Tested a lot of parts and lots of patient ebay'ing, and craigslisting for 3 months and here is the kit i settled on.
here is the list of gear retail and my price of purchase.
BMPCC ($995/495 "sale") bhphoto
Metabones Speedbooster EF ($659/609 "instant rebate") bhphoto
Tilta Camera Cage ($359/359) bhphoto
Fotga dp3000 Matte Box ($109) ebay
Camerar Nun Knicker Donut ($17) amazon
Fotga dp500ii with hard stop Follow Focus ($139) ebay
Aputure VS-3 IPS Monitor ($400/200 "used") ebay
Remote Commander Wired LANC Controller ($13) ebay
SmallRigs 15mm Rail Riser ($29) amazon
SmallRigs 4" 15mm Rails ($12) amazon
Rokinon Cine 35mm EF ($459/350 "open box") bestbuy
Tokina 11-16mm EF ($500/300 "used") craigslist
Cordvision 77mm 80OD Cinering x2 ($29x2) cordvision
80mm Pushon Cap ($5) Adorama
Hoya 77mm IRUV Cut Filter ($133) Adorama
Sandisk SDXC Extreme Pro 64GB x4 ($95x4) K&M Camera
Blackmagic Battery x 4 ($13x4) bhphoto
With all threads being universally 77mm, 80OD it's a lot easier to rent/purchase a single filter and share among the set.
i also got a few more things like handles, z-offset, shoulder pad in the same manner and found this amazing LIBEC tripod on craigslist for $150.
Hopefully the journey is less painful and more enjoyable for those looking to build your bmpcc rig. But with patience and searching you can save several hundred dollars on top of great prices.
If there's something you recommend for the kit that i missed. Let me know