As I mentioned in my review of it, the BlackMagic Production Camera 4K is a great camera, but it requires additional investment in equipment to make it work well in a real production setting. A good rig is strongly recommended, as you will need to attach an extra battery and monitor (the built-in touchscreen is mostly useless when shooting outdoors). Also, the camera is made of aluminum and has no handles or grips, which makes handling it without a rig really tricky and risky.
By the way, all this also applies to the previous BlackMagic Desing model, the BM Cinema Camera.
There are a lot of shoulder rigs out there, but it’s difficult to tell which one is good without trying them out. On my two recent shoots with the YouTuber GakAttack, I had the chance to use the BMPC 4K on a BMCC EXtreme (BMCC EX) shoulder rig from Gini Rig. Even though this is a moderately priced model, I had a good experience with it – it is well built and easy to handle, so I can easily recommend it. It is not the best shoulder rig out there, because of its somewhat simpler functionality, but it might just be the best deal.
In the near future, I’m going to review a rig from Lanparte – a better set-up than the Gini BMCC EX, but also much more expensive.
Here is my video review of the BMCC EX
To purchase or find out more about the BMCC EX, click here.
The company right now offers a 35% discount, but only to the first fifty buyers. Use the discount coupon code “TomAntos”
The Gini rigs can also be found on Gini’s Amazon Store and
I also have a video review where I cover other recommended equipment for the BlackMagic cameras.
Here is a list of all the accessories mentioned in the video
LEE 4×4″ Neutral Density Polyester Filter Set at B&H and
ikan Sony L battery adapter for Blackmagic cameras at B&H
Sony L type NP-F97 Battery at B&H and
Sony L Battery Charger by ikan at B&H and