Last November, Tilta unveiled their Tactical Assault Armour Cage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and since then the various bits and pieces that makeup this beast of a cage have been trickling down the pipeline. And now, the much-awaited Tilta BMPCC 4K Side Handles, a major component of this cage, are also shipping.
The BMPCC 4K has been a revolutionary camera in terms of image quality compared to form-factor and price, but has been unfortunately plagued with supply issues due to overwhelming demand from day one. This, however, has not detracted third party manufacturers from making their own cages and other accessories to make it easier for filmmakers to create immense moving images with it.
Tilta have been at it making top quality pro accessories for different cameras for years now and more recently they also unleashed their eagerly-anticipated Nucleus-Nano gimbal follow focus to the masses.
You can learn more about the Tilta BMPCC 4K cage in this post here, but in short, the Tactical Assault Armor cage allows BMPCC 4K users to rig their cage in various configurations all thanks to the cage’s intentionally modular nature.
Tilta has come up with these really cool Side Handles with built-in Sony NP-F or Canon LP-E6 batteries, support for the Samsung T5 SSD for external recording from the camera. Tilta also offers Side Handles with thumb wheel for controlling the Nucleus Nano focus motor. See pricing and more details below.
- Tilta Side Focus Handle Type I (NP-F970 Battery version) – $229 at B&H
Slides onto the base of the half and full Tilta cage and features a Sony NP-F970 style battery port on the bottom giving you the ability to power the Nucleus Nano motor via the 8V Micro-USB power output. A 12V DC output is also integrated into the handle.
A built-in finger wheel allows you to control the Nucleus Nano motor and a run/stop button allows you to control the record start/stop function of your camera through an optional Nucleus-Nano R/S cable. The handle also has an integrated Samsung T5 SSD card holder.
- Side Power Handle Type I (NP-F970 Battery) – $149
Same as the Tilta Side Focus Handle Type I, but does not have a focus wheel on the front.
- Tilta Rubber Side Handle – $89 at B&H
This is the most basic side handle you can get for the cage. Keep in mind, it does not offer battery support.
- Side Focus Handle Type I (LP-E6 Battery/NPF570) – $199 at B&H
This side handle slides onto the base of the half and full Tilta cage and features either a battery port on the bottom of the handle allows you to use a Sony NP-F570 or a Canon LP-E6 battery to power the Nucleus Nano motor via the 8V Micro-USB power output. A 12V DC output is also integrated into the handle.
This version of the handle also comes with a built-in finger wheel allows you to control the Nucleus Nano motor and a run/stop button through an optional Nucleus-Nano R/S cable.
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