8Sinn now releases new cage which they claim is the first Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K cage on the market. It comes in two versions and offers various accessories and more types of handles.
8Sinn is a camera accessories manufacturer based in Poland. The company is not new in the field of camera cages – they produced quite a few interesting cages mainly for the mirroless segment of cameras – the Sony a7 series and the Panasonic GH series. Now they are releasing a new cage what they claim to be “the first cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k”.
This interesting little camera was introduced in April 2018 at NAB in Las Vegas and should start shipping now in September 2018. It is highly anticipated by a lot of filmmakers as it offers very interesting performance for relatively low price. Things like 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K 60 fps recording in CinemaDNG Raw, Raw 3:1, Raw 4:1 and various ProRes 422 options used to be reserved for much more expensive rigs. To see our hands-on video with the BMPCC4K from NAB and read more information about the camera you can click on this link.
8Sinn designed two versions of the cage for the new BMPCC4K plus a couple of accessories, handles, etc.
8Sinn Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k Half Cage
First of two new 8Sinn’s camera cages for BMPCC4K is the half cage. It was created to increase functionality and give users totally free access to the right side of the camera and multiple 1/4″ mounting points and cold shoe on the other side. It is made from one piece of high quality air-aluminium that minimize mechanical and other types of damages to minimum. Rounded edges and corners ensure safe and comfortable grip.
The 8Sinn cage was designed not to intrerfere with camera body structure at any point and not to prevent any of the controls. The cage is equipped with HDMI cable clamp that was designed to protect and keep the HDMI cable plug safely in place. Clamp can be adjusted to different brands’ plugs sizes by expanding two parts of the clamp.
The cage is attached to the camera body by two mounting screws (upper and lower). Besides those two screws, 8Sinn has placed additional pins on the inside surface of the cage – these pins are dedicated to cameras’ bottom openings – their task is to prevent the camera body from twisting/sliding after being mounted in the cage.
The dimensions of the 8Sinn half cage are 132 x 112 x 75 mm (LxHxW) and the weight is 199g.
8Sinn Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k Cage
The second Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k cage has a full-cage-design to protect all sides of the camera. It has the same build quality and functions as the half cage, but it naturally offers more 1/4″ mounting points. It also offers strap holder on the right side of the camera which allows to use any hand strap and ensures steady holding of the camera.
The 8Sinn BMPCC4K cage is obviously a bit longer and heavier than the half cage – its dimensions are 194.50 x 112 x 75 mm (LxHxW) and the weight is 291g.
Handles and Accessories
8Sinn offers their new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K cage in sets with three different types of handles:
- Top Handle Basic is the cheapest option of all three. It is fixed in place with no rotating or sliding options and it offers two cold shoe mounts and a couple of 1/4″ and 3/8″ mounting points.
- Top Handle Pro is slightly more expensive than the Basic version and offers more flexibility through the NATO rail mounting. The position of the handle can also be changed thanks to the dovetail clamp by the handle itself. It also offers two cold shoe mounts and a couple of 1/4″ and 3/8″ mounting points.
- Top Handle Scorpio has the same pricing as the Pro version. It offers the option to rotate the handle thanks to the big screw mount. It also features a 15mm rod mount and has four cold shoe mounts and a couple of 1/4″ and 3/8″ mounting points.
8Sinn furthermore offers rod support piece which fits into all 8Sinn cages and provides support for 15mm rods. It offers Metabones speedbooster support and is equipped with quick release system. There is a screw to regulate the rods height.
In connection with the rod support piece 8Sinn also offers universal lens support piece mountable on 15mm rods.
Last but not least 8Sinn offers a flat monitor holder with a safety NATO rails mount. This type of flat holder is perfect for instance in combination with the rather big Atomos Recorders as it allows for more compact rig build.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k cage sets from 8Sinn are available for preorder and should ship in the first week of September 2018. Prices start at $179.00/€157.85 (without VAT) for the Half-cage version without handle.
What do you think of the new 8Sinn Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k Cage? Are you planning to buy (did you preorder) that camera? Let us know in the comments below.