Last week, we reported about the supposedly very first cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ( BMPCC 4K) from 8Sinn. Now, hot on the heels of that release, Italian designer and cinematographer Dante Cecchin of LockCircle releases his take on a perfect camera cage. Meet the LockCircle HiPock cage for the BMPCC 4K, a camera that’s due for a hopefully soon release.
The HiPock labeled camera cage is actually not just one cage but a whole system of three different versions. The minimalist version just consists of a small “Minimal Plate” for mounting additional accessories to the camera. A more extended “Essential Plate” covers the whole top side of the camera and the most complete setup is called the “System Cage” which adds a baseplate.
LockCircle HiPock Cage System
Whether you just need some additional mounting points or a full-blown cage for the yet to be released Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k: LockCircle has you covered. Three flavors of their new HiPock are available to choose from in order to get started: Minimal Plate, Essential Plate or System Cage.
All three versions share the same top plate but although the concept looks kind of modular, it’s actually not. You have to decide which plate you incorporate as a starting point for your rig. The Minimal Plate sports plenty of 1/4-20 threads and even two 3/8-16 threads. You can add things like top handles, cold shoe mounts, articulating arms or monitor holders, you name it, really.
The whole system is made of CNC machined aircraft grade aluminum. That way all parts are pretty lightweight while maintaining heavy-duty grade strength. The HiPock cage system is available in either Dark-T (Black) or Amber-T (yellow-orange-gold) velvet surface anodized finish.
Several optional parts can be added for maintaining compatibility with devices such as Metabones Speedbosters or Novoflex mounts. The so-called MicroMega 15mm baseplate is a perfect match for the HiPock cage, as well. The famous LockCircle MultiPort HDMI/Audio port savers with connector locking also fit perfectly, of course.
Even the biggest member of the HiPock family, the System Cage, is actually only a half cage and that’s a good thing since its shape complements the ergonomic design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k.
Pricing and Availability
The HiPock series of cages should be available by the end of October. The prices are not yet set in stone, but do not expect a super low price for these cages. LockCircle is known for its quality products. This applies both to the quality of workmanship and to the design of their products. This is not a off the shelf product, but a well thought-out, bespoke cage for the BMPCC 4K.
Included in the System Cage version is a a titanium grade 5 camera 1/4-20 screw. Let’s hope that Blackmagic will deliver their new Cinema Pocket Camera 4K on time then!
What Do you think of this cage? And even more importantly: What do you think about the yet to be released BMPCC 4K? Share your thoughts in the comments below!