August 26, 2019

PL Mount Users Can Shoot Using This Adapter on Kickstarter

Originally designed for the URSA Mini, the Bezamod P6K has now been redesigned for the BMPCC 6K.

Cinematographer Clifton Stommel is a PL mount guy.  But what's a guy to do when you have a Blackmagic URSA Mini and need options for shooting on EF mount lenses?  Stommel says that he tried every single EF-PL mount "snap-in" adapter, and found that they are both limited in their flange depth (causing an 8mm difference in focal length). So he decided to design his own, and the result was the Bezamod. Now, with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K hitting the market, he's adapted his design to work with Blackmagic's latest Pocket marvel. And he's running a Kickstarter campaign to bring it to market.

Stommel is no stranger to modifying his fear for Blackmagic. He created an SSD recording option for the URSA Mini, and also marketed his Bezamod with some success. And like the previous design, Stommel's new Bezamod P6K is designed to turn the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K into a camera without a fixed lens mount.

The protruding nose design of the Pocket 6K would mean that if users wanted to shift between EF and PL mount lenses, they'd normally out of luck since it's a fixed mount camera. Or they'd have to cope with the uneasy compromises that EF-PL mount snap in adapters afford.

Even if Blackmagic decides to create a PL mount version, it would have the same drawback, and cinematographers would have to buy a second BMPCC6K. Sure, at under $2500, that's a "happy problem" with an affordable workaround, but until then, why not use the camera you have now with a simple turn of a few screws?

Originally designed to fit his original lens kit, the Bezamod proved to be quite versatile.
Credit: Clifton Stommel

When the only option to purchase an URSA Mini was EF or PL, I used this modification to switch between EF and PL lenses on numerous professional commercial and narrative film sets.

Stommel's Bezamod worked so well with the URSA Mini, that he began to sell them to his fellow cinematographers looking for the same kind of flexibility on their URSA rigs. This was before Blackmagic put out the URSA Mini Pro to provide a PL mount option. Once that happened, Stommel closed down his online store. 

The Bezamod works with a wide range of PL mount lenses
Credit: Clifton Stommel

Now, with the BMPCC6K hitting the market, Stommel sees the opportunity to make the Bezamod available again for Pocket Cinema users wanting to add PL mount flexibility to their camera kits. And he's taken to Kickstarter to offer it. 

Stommel warns, though, that the Bezanid P6K is a modification kit, and that means users will have to remove their native EF mount and install the Bezamod. But Stommel says he's designed the mod to avoid breaking or removing any warranty stickers, so it shouldn't affect the camera warranty itself, at least by the letter of the law. And it's also a user-friendly mod, that enables shooters to completely reverse back to the EF mount as needed. 

Stommel also has a list of compatible lenses for the Bezamod P6K. It's extensive, but not absolute. Check it out below:

Compatible lenses:

Arri/Zeiss Master Primes (Tested, Verified: 16mm, 21mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 12mm, 14mm, 18mm, 25mm, 27mm, 32mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, 100mm                  macro, 150mm

      • Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphics (Tested, Verified: 60mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm
• Cooke 5/i Primes
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 18mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm
• Cooke Zoom (Tested, Verified: 25-250mm T3.9 Mk II - Lens Tested May have had aftermarket mount)
Canon Zoom (30-105mm T2.8)
Angenieux Optimo Sphericals (45-120mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 15-40mm, 28-76mm, 28-340mm, 24-290mm, 19.5-94mm
Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 44-440mm, 30-72mm, 56-152mm
•Angenieux Optimo Style Spherical(Tested, Verified: 16-40mm, 36-76mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 25-250mm
Angenieux Rear Anamorphic (56-152mm)
• Zeiss Compact Primes CP.2(Tested, Verified: 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 15mm, 21mm, 28mm, 50mm Macro, 100mm
• Zeiss Compact Zoom (Tested, Verified: 28-80mm, 70-200mm)
• Rokinon Xeens ( Tested, Verified: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 14mm, 135mm
• Super Baltar - Focus Optics (Tested, Verified: 20mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm)
• Ruby Series - Focus Optics (Tested, Verified: 14-24mm T2.8 Rehoused Nikon Lens)
• Sony CineAlta
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 20mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm
• Cineovision Anamorphic (Tested, Verified: 35mm, 85mm)
• Lomo Anamorphic (Tested, Verified: Square Front 35mm, round Front 50mm, Round Front 75mm)
• GL Optics (Tested, Verified: Sigma 11-20mm T3.0)
      Compatible Individual Lenses (See "Expected Incompatible" Below):
• Cooke S4/i Primes(Tested, Verified: 32mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 35mm, 40mm, 65mm, 180mm, 300mm
• Cooke MiniS4/i Primes (Tested, Verified: 50mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Compatible: 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm
• Canon K35 Primes: 85mm f/1.4
•Zeiss Super Speed Mk III (Tested, Verified 85mm)
• Arri/Zeiss Ultra Primes (Tested, Verified: 50mm, 85mm)

Incompatible Lens Sets:

• Super16 Lenses
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: All of them
• Canon K35 Primes: (Verified Incompatible: 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, 55mm)
• Cooke S4/i Primes
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 18mm, 21mm, 27mm, 35mm, 40mm 65mm
• Cooke Mini S4/i Primes (A.K.A. Panchro/i)(Verified Incompatible: 18mm, 25mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 21mm
• Cooke Anamorphic/i Primes
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm
• Cooke Anamorphic/i Zoom
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 34-140mm,
• Arri/Zeiss Ultra Primes (Verified Incompatible: 14mm, 16mm, 24mm, 32mm, 50mm, 100mm)
• Zeiss Super Speed Mk III(Verified Incompatible: 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 65mm)
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 65mm, 135mm
• Angenieux EZ
      ∟Untested, Expected Incompatible: 15-40mm, 22-60mm, 30-90mm, 45-135mm

Incompatible Individual Lenses:
• Fujinon (Verified Incompatible: 10-90mm)
Zeiss CP.2 (Verified Incompatible: 135mm)
Leica Summicron-C (18mm)

Additionally, as with all other Kickstarter campaigns, if Stommel's goal of $12,000 isn't met, all pledges will be nullified. But really, with such a low campaign goal, and the obvious flexibility that this lens adapter will provide, will any cinematographer not want to have one in their bag just in case they get the chance to shoot with a luscious prime for that "Cooke Look?" 
 
Interested backers can pick a P6K up for a pledge starting at $225, or $109 off MSRP. The expected shipping date is February 2020. You can back the Bezamod P6K campaign here.

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1. Was so confused on this point to begin with
2. So happy this exists!

August 29, 2019 at 1:57PM

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