OConnor announced that its family of lens controls and camera accessories are perfectly compatible with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. You need a press release for that? Well maybe.
A key to the OConnor accessory family lies in its universality. Each of the OConnor accessories — from the Universal Camera Baseplate, O-Focus Dual Mini Follow Focus, O-Box WM Mattebox to the O-Grips handgrips, works right out of the box, to line up and interface seamlessly with the Blackmagic camera.
The Universal Camera Baseplate adapts small to medium size digital cine cameras including the Blackmagic, to standard professional accessories. It provides a sturdy camera platform that allows optical axis centering of the lens to the correct rod measurement. In addition to providing a platform for OConnor accessories, the Universal Baseplate solves the issue of tripod baseplate shift caused by the camera’s single ¼ -20 threaded tripod mount tap because it provides the option of raising the 15mm rods upward for two additional points of contact, resulting in a more solid camera base.
Also a perfect fit for the Blackmagic is the O-Focus Dual Mini, a compact, double-sided, direct drive follow focus unit optimized for both still and cine-style camera lenses. The Blackmagic Design camera is available with either an EF or Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount for still lenses. While cine lenses generally provide 300-degree rotation of the focus ring, still lenses are often limited to about 60 degrees. However, OConnor’s O-Focus M Photo Set provides a 1:0.75 transmission ratio, for more precise lens control. Additionally, OConnor’s hard-stop mechanism, allows the user to create the desired hard stops.
For light control and filtering, OConnor’s O-Box WM provides a two-stage mattebox designed around the 16:9 format full-size sensor. The wide-angle system accommodates lenses up to 18mm (or in some cases wider). The O-Box WM can hold a pair of 4” x 4” or 4” x 4.65” glass filters, one of which can rotate, and a bellows ring for a 138mm round.
Finally, for handholding the Blackmagic Camera, OConnor provides two choices. The OConnor O-Grip package incorporates a Rod Bridge, which fits all three common rod systems: Studio 15mm, 19mm and Studio LWS 15mm. Alternatively, the O-Box Mattebox WM has integrated handgrip interfaces on which O-Grips can be conveniently attached. In either configuration, O-Grip handle modules can be stacked and even clamped in a full hemisphere.
Due to their universality, OConnor’s accessories offer a versatile system, ready to work with Blackmagic or the next new camera innovation.
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