The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is out for a few weeks now – you can take a look at our full review here – and as you probably know it features a Canon EF lens mount. If you want to shoot with PL lenses on the BMPCC 6K, a new product just launched on Kickstarter: the Bezamod P6K. This product is not a simple “snap-in” PL to EF adapter. It is a modification kit that eliminates the flange depth limitation imposed by the native Canon EF mount. Let’s take a closer look.
PL Lenses on Canon EF Cameras
Adapting PL lenses to Canon EF cameras – or cameras with a Canon EF mount – is not something new. The flange focal distance of a PL lens is 52mm, and the flange focal distance of a Canon EF lens is 44mm.
So a bit of simple maths later, if you want to mount a PL lens to a Canon EF camera, you need a simple mechanical lens adapter that corrects this 8mm difference. Indeed, you will still be able to focus to infinity with this type of “snap-in” adapter.
Some companies already manufacture such adapters like Fotodiox, MTF, and so on. What’s different between a standard snap-in adapter and the Bezamod P6K?
The Bezamod P6K is a complete modification kit by cinematographer and colorist Clifton Stommel. A few years ago, Clifton already launched the Atoch C2S, an SSD recording option for the Blackmagic URSA Mini that we previously featured on cinema5D. Now, back to the adapter/modification itself, Clifton came out with this idea back in the days of the original URSA Mini and has been using it successfully on his productions.
The Bezamod P6K is different from a snap-in adapter. Usually, according to Clifton:
Snap-in type adapters are excruciatingly limited in their flange depth. What this means is that you cannot put any lenses in that have normal PL mounts! Personally, I’ve yet to work with a lens that is compatible with the snap-in kinds of adapters.
Although not visible in the presentation video, the Bezamod P6K is a modification kit, which means you will have to remove the native Canon EF mount to mount the Bezamod. Otherwise, the installation of the package does not require breaking or removing any warranty stickers on your camera. Also, it is a user-friendly modification which is fully reversible, so you can return your Pocket 6K to EF mount if you want (or for warranty purposes).
Clifton already successfully tested the Bezamod P6K with a considerable number of lenses, the full list is on the Kickstarter page.
Pricing and Availability
The Bezamod P6K comes with a 1 Year manufacturer’s warranty and support. It retails for $225 as an early-bird pledge. The expected shipping date is set for February 2020, and the campaign ends on September 20th. For more information and back the project, please visit the Bezamod P6K Kickstarter page.
Please be aware that this is a crowdfunding project and not a retail shop so do your research accordingly. cinema5D does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there’s always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.
What do you think of the Bezamod P6K? Do you consider backing it for your BMPCC 6K? Let us know in the comment section!