June 17, 2020

This SmallRig BMPCC Cage is Low Profile, Battery Friendly, and Cheap as Hell

SmallRig introduces a case for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and 4K fit for the battery grip. 

SmallRig has hundreds of available accessories for a variety of cameras. Need a baseplate for a RED or cheese plate for a Panasonic AU-EVA-1? They've got them both, and the best part of all, the products are very budget-friendly. The other nice thing about the company is they allow anyone to submit ideas for production. If they adopt it, you receive one for free and get design credit. 

Such is the case for the SmallRig Camera Cage for BMPCC 4K and 6K with Battery Grip designed by Yetta White. The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Cameras are some of the most popular image capture devices around, but one of its biggest flaws is battery life. It has improved since the original Pocket Cinema Camera, but using the optional battery grip for the BMPCC 6K/4K is the way to go. It's powered by two Sony L-series batteries and mounts on the bottom of the camera providing around 2 hours of runtime, which is about double the time when using the native battery alone. 

This is where the SmallRig cage comes in as it accounts for the extended footprint. The cage is formfitting and lightweight. It secures to the camera via a 1/4-20" screw on top and 2 on the bottom while still providing full access to the camera's control and ports. The cage also provides access to the batteries in the vertical grip so there's no need to remove the cage when replacing a battery. 

The cage has multiple 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads, ARRI-style twist mounts, 2 NATO rails, and 3 cold shoes for accessories where you can attach a microphone, monitor, cable clamps, matte box, or follow focus. The cage also provides slots for neck straps. It's designed out of durable aluminum alloy and well-priced at only $69. The company is accepting pre-orders now with an expected ship date of mid-July. SmallRig also has an option available without the battery grip for $79.     

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Ha, who wants to buy something cheap?

June 17, 2020 at 7:51PM, Edited June 17, 7:52PM

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Jesse Feldberg
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They should've said "affordable."

We use plenty of Smallrig parts and they're well-machined. And the current stuff is even much improved over their earlier designs.

June 18, 2020 at 4:37AM

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Pat Heine
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Exactly, or inexpensive.

June 24, 2020 at 4:55PM

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Jesse Feldberg
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The metal cuts are on-point pretty-much. In most cases drill holes are not compatible with other brands (say you have a Wooden Camera baseplate and you want to add rods, and want to buy a rod adapter from SmallRig), which is the same for many other brands out there. For light cameras they are a no brainer - just buy them. But be aware of buying their stuff for heavier setups, the metal quality isn't good - both with aluminium they use, and screws/bolts are filmsy. I've bought an 19mm baseplate from them for my zoom setup (12-16 kg). First thing was that the screws included just chipped off one by one. I've used manfrotto and red screws instead. Second the Arri Dovetail fixing thing seems to be the same quality as the screws - which is kinda shit thing to hold all the setup. I'm thinking of replacing the 19mm baseplate from SmallRig to a Tilta one.

June 18, 2020 at 7:05AM

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Barato?, con ese dinero compro otras tres cámaras, que es caro para esta gente?.

June 18, 2020 at 10:22AM

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