Tilta Teases Modular Cage and Accessories System for BMPCC 4k

Tilta is announcing the release of a whole line of accessories for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k. There are two different versions of a cage, battery solutions, grips, sunhoods and a follow focus motor to choose from or combine in a modular fashion. Here’s an overview.

We have been writing about cages for the BMPCC 4k for a while now, namely the very well made solutions by 8Sinn and LockCircle HiPock. While both of these are well made and thought-out solutions, what Tilta is trying to accomplish here is something different. Rather than just creating a cage Tilta is trying to create a whole rigging ecosystem of cages and accessory parts that can be combined in a multitude of ways to expand the utility of the BMPCC 4k as well as alleviate some of the problems that ail that camera.

Cages, top handle and baseplate

Obviously the central element of any system like this will be the actual camera cage. Tilta makes these in two versions for the BMPCC 4k, a full cage and a half cage. Both feature a multitude of 1/4″ mounting points, two 3/8″ (one with secure locking pins), and two (or three for the full cage) cold shoe mounts. In addition to that both cage come with an Allen key and a place to store it on the cage itself and integrated baseplate in the bottom of the cage. This plate is turned to the side, so that complicated baseplate constructions aren’t necessary when mounting it to a gimbal (the Ronin-S for example could not balance the BMPCC 4k properly, due to its width and the position of the plate mounting point on the bottom).
The top handle attaches to the central cold shoe mount and is secured with on thumbscrew. Apart from numerous 1/4″ and 3/8″ mounting points it features two cold shoe mounts and a 15mm rod attachment.
The baseplate features a drop-in lock mechanism for the cage and a another plate at its bottom, so that it can be mounted to a tripod. Additionally it has two attachment for all your 15mm rod based accessories, like follow focuses, handles and the like.
All parts are finished in what Tilta calls “Tactical finish”, which looks like aluminium that was painted black and that sanded down.

Battery solutions and side handles

Apart from a pretty simple NP-F battery plate that can be attached to one of the cage’s 1/4″ mounting points, there are a few more feature-rich solutions. In particular there a two bottom mounted solutions, one also using NP-F style batteries, the other using V-Mount, which are able to provide multiple DC outs, and thus power more than just your camera. The V-Mount baseplate also provides the option to mount it on 15mm rods instead of using it as a baseplate.

The side handles and what they come with are probably among the more interesting things about the system. While the MHC-3 handle seems to feature no electronics, it slots into the bottom of the cage on its left side, with a thumb screw to keep it snug and secured there, still leaving enough room to access the BMPCC 4k connection interfaces. The MHC-2 and MHC-1 both feature control wheels to work with the optional Nucleus Nano follow focus motor, a record button up top and a battery solution (the smaller MCH-1 uses LP-E6 batteries, and the larger MHC-2 NP-F style batteries). The MHC-2 also has a slot to slide a Samsung T5 SSD into and secure it there. A slew of cables is available to make many powering options available here.

Sunhoods and the SSD

As mentioned previously the SSD can be secured inside the MHC-2 grip. There is also a clamp attachment that allows mounting the SSD anywhere on the cage and interestingly enough a sunhood, that has an integrated SSD slot, as well as velcro-attachable extension to make the hood much longer shut more light out. This would come in handy as the BMPCC 4k’s screen is bright, but probably not bright enough for the sunniest of days.
Notably Tilta have made their own screw-in HDMI-angle attachments and a USB-C cable that screws right into the cage. This would probably alleviate some shooters concerns in regards to recording straight to SSD in less secure environments.

All in all, the Tilta cage system for the BMPCC 4k seems like an almost unparalleled effort at creating a modular system of accessories that can be interchangeably configured to either make the camera more capable or easy to work with (at least for cameras in this price bracket). It would be very interesting to have a hands-on session with a selection from it once it becomes available.


10 Best Camera and Video Accessories from PhotoPlus Expo

For those who believe there is life in cameras bigger than a smartphone, PhotoPlus Expo in New York City is the place to be in late October. Several hundred vendors show off all manner of accessories, services, add-ons, filters, tripods, strobes, and gadgets. Some are useful, some not, and some are variations on what we’ve seen before, such as better ways to bounce the light from an electronic flash off the wall or ceiling.

The front of the convention space holds monster booths from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic/Lumix, Pentax, and Sony. There and downstairs at the Javits Center are some 100 seminars (main photo) on taking better photos, processing images, and getting the best from your gear. Some of it even applies to smartphones. Here are 10 goods and services we especially liked from PPE 2018 for big cameras, action cameras such as GoPro, and smartphones.

The traditional photo industry is changing. Canon and Nikon have superb lenses, but the iPhone X has a processor that puts the big boys to shame in terms of performance, such as the time to create a quality HDR (high dynamic range) photo. Drone makers such as Parrot were showing wares and accessories; meanwhile, Kodak was in a 10 x 10 booth along the far wall, showing PixPro cameras.

One aisle of the show targeted virtual reality and AI, targeting what you can do to create immersive photos. On smartphones, it enables face recognition, adjustable background blur (variable f/stop), and 3D images that change as you finger-scroll on your camera, or with a pointing device.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch bundle and accessories now available in Canada

Nintendo Switch Smash Bros.

It’s been a big week for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, following Thursday’s reveals of the game’s story mode, DLC plans and more, but it doesn’t stop there. Now, Nintendo has released a suite of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed hardware and peripherals ahead of the game’s launch on December 7th. To start, a $449 CAD special edition Switch console is now available in Canada. The bundle comes with Smash Bros.-themed Switch dock and pair of Joy-Cons, as well as a digital copy of Ultimate. The bundle is available at Amazon Canada (exclusively for Prime members), Best Buy, EB Games, The Source and Walmart. Given that many players are particularly fond of their time with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo has also released a Smash Bros.-themed GameCube controller for the Switch. Sporting the Smash Bros. logo, the controller is an exact replica of the GameCube gamepad for the Switch. The controller costs $39.99 and is available at Best Buy, EB Games and Walmart. Whether you buy a new GameCube controller or already own one, you’re going to need the $24.99 CAD GameCube adapter, which is compatible with the Switch and supports up to four gamepads. The adapter can be purchased at Best Buy, EB Games and Walmart. Are you picking up any of these Smash Bros.-related products? Are you even excited for the mega-crossover fighting game? Let us know in the comments below.


13 of the best winter accessories to keep you cosy at the fireworks


Bonfire Night is just around the corner and, as November 5 falls on a Monday, this year many fireworks displays are taking place this weekend, which means it’s time to head out into the cold night air for sparklers and hot spiced cider (yum).

Even if it’s not sub-zero tonight or tomorrow night (chances are it won’t be) you’re going to need to bundle up unless you want to end up shivering under the firework-filled sky.

So you’ve got your biggest, cosiest winter winter coat sorted, be it a parka, puffer, teddy or sheepskin biker jacket. Now, you need to accessorise.

Hat, scarf and gloves are all essential, and they’re also the easiest way to update your autumn look if you’re wearing an old favourite coat.

We’ve rounded up the best cosy but cool accessories for Bonfire Night and beyond…


Bobble hats are a cold weather classic that everyone looks good in, but if you want to try something a bit more edgy why not give a beret or baker boy hat a go?

White Stuff Fluffy Bobble Hat
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1. White Stuff Fluffy Bobble Hat, £25

Monsoon Candice Cable Bobble Hat

2. Monsoon Candice Cable Bobble Hat, £17

Next Black Baker Boy Hat

3. Next Black Baker Boy Hat, £14

Oliver Bonas Wool Orange Beret Hat
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4. Oliver Bonas Wool Orange Beret Hat, £16


If you’re someone who really feels the cold, a giant blanket scarf will add extra insulation where you need it most.

Want to be bang on-trend for autumn? Leopard and check and are the prints to be seen in.

model wearing Oliver Bonas Optimistic Stripe Scarf and Works Green Cable Knit Jumper
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5. Oliver Bonas Optimistic Stripe Scarf, £35; Works Green Cable Knit Jumper, £49.50

Oasis Red Leopard Cosy Scarf

6. Oasis Red Leopard Cosy Scarf, £20

Whistles Open Weave Blanket Scarf

7. Whistles Open Weave Blanket Scarf, £65

Laura Ashley Moons Wool Check Scarf
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8. Laura Ashley Moons Wool Check Scarf, £30

New Look Lilac and Pink Check Wide Length Tassel Trim Scarf
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9. New Look Lilac and Pink Check Wide Length Tassel Trim Scarf, £12.99


The finishing touch for your Bonfire Night ensemble, pick a pair of gloves or mittens in a shade to match your scarf.

Right now we’re loving the autumnal hues that chime with autumn’s Seventies trend.

Fat Face Anna Plain Knit Mittens
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10. Fat Face Anna Plain Knit Mittens, £7.50

Accessorize Faux Fur Capped Gloves

11. Accessorize Faux Fur Capped Gloves, £14

Dune Irennie Berry Embellished Gloves

12. Dune Irennie Embellished Gloves in Berry, £45

M&Co Faux Sheepskin Gloves


From bow ties to fresh flowers: Cool hair accessories to try this festive season

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Bobby pins and hair clutchers have become too mainstream. It’s high time you start experimenting with hair accessories, especially during the festive season. If you are worried if it’s in or not, let us tell you that everyone from Meghan Markle and Emma Stone to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor have embraced accessories with open arms.

Give your Plain Jane hairstyle a glam makeover with these tips:

Floral hair accessories

A huge trend this year, the recently-held fashion shows at the New York Fashion Week’19 were a testimony. While high street brand Rodarte sent models down the runway with floral arrangements in their hair, handbag designer Mansur Gavriel’s show had a more delicate take on the trend.

Fresh flowers have also been a big part of Indian culture since ages. You must have definitely seen your mom or your grandmom adorn their hair with roses or jasmine during special occasions. So why not try it yourself this time?

Maang tikas and jhaptas

While these are usually associated with bridal wear, a celebration like Diwali calls for something fancy. Jhaptas and maang tikas make for a great choice to pair with traditional attires.

Bow ties

If you are a ’90s kid, then your mom must have definitely used the cute and colourful bow ties to style your hair. These hair accessories add a whole lot of charm to a look and the good thing is that they are back in vogue. Designers like Emilia Wickstead and Erdem too used these accessories in their latest collections.

Metallic hair accessories

Earlier, celebrity hairstylist Hiral Bhatia told indianexpress.com that ’80s-inspired accessories are making a comeback. “Cool metallic accessories are going to be super big.” From wearing them on your buns to using them as a side clip, there are many styles to choose from.


Pearls add a whole lot of elegance to your look. Be it a classic bun, messy ponytails, braids, or textured waves, pearl-studded accessories can be used to accentuate your look.

Hair rings

Hair rings have been sported by some Hollywood A-listers including Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande. This help add a boho touch to your braided look and messy waves.


Tiara is usually associated with royalty. But you channel your inner princess by wearing one this festive season.

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Which accessory would you be trying? Let us know in the comments section below.