It was shipped to those who preordered it last November. Now, Tilta is preparing to move forward with shipments for the rest of us, and the tactical vibe the cage provides is both light and robust.
The modular design of the Tilta BMPCC4K Camera Cage allows users to add additional features over time, so if the full cage isn't needed, a half cage can be used which will give shooters basic functions such as armor protection for key sections of your camera, while deploying an array of 1/4-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting points for video lights, external microphones, and magic arms. The base of the cage provides mounting holes for quick release plates or attachment points for a handheld gimbal package. The Half Cage also has a slot for adding a top handle.
Cost of the half cage setup is a very affordable $69.
But if you're already into the cage for $70, you may as well shoot the moon and get the full cage for $99. The Full Camera Cage Setup offers complete protection from impact damage, as well as adding multiple mounting points and three cold shoe mounts. Going with the full cage configuration also enables users to attach a wider array of quick release plates underneath, as well as attaching side handles for better stability and control. For an additional $30, it's well worth it to have those options.
I've mentioned the quick release top handle, and there's honestly really nothing outstanding about it, other than it can screw onto the top of the cage, which will provide some much needed carrying capability. But it also adds even more 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting points, which you would expect from a cage handle. It's also fairly affordable at $79, considering the more expensive options out there.
Other accessories in the Tilta Cage System includes a 15mm LWS Baseplate (Type 1), for holding your 15mm rods and attaching follow focus and other rod based accessories. It also supports standard dovetail mounts. Cost is $119.
Users can also get additional control of several other accessories like the Side Focus Handle Tip 1, which can power the Nucleus Nano motor through by an additional Canon LP-E6 and micro-USB output. There is a built-in finger wheel for control, remote access to run/stop your camera and a 12v DC put. Cost of this little marvel is $139.
Users with Sony F570 and F970 batteries aren't left out, as there are similar Type 1 Side Focus Handles for them, as well. Note, however, that the F970 Handle costs a bit more, at $229.
Lastly, there's also an additional Rubber Side Handle for sliding onto the cage. It offers no additional mounting points or accessory control features, but it does promise better ergonomic comfort for $89.
To be honest, I'm not really sure why rolling these out took nearly a year after its announcement at Interbee last October. Most BMPCC4K users who have been lucky enough to get their camera before it went on backorder have chosen other options by now. But, still, the Tilta Cage System is a valuable tool simply because of its modular concept, which enables it to grow with the user. And to get started for under $250 (full cage and top handle) is a very attractive price point.
So if you haven't invested in a cage yet for your BMPCC4K Camera, the Tilta Cage System is definitely one to look at.