Posted 07 December 2016 - 02:28 PM
The BL is so loud anyway, the lens blimp doesn't really make that much of a difference. I've shot with one and without one, the camera was still loud.
ANY Arri Bayonet lens will work, there are literally 100's of them on ebay at any given time. My entire lens kit is B mount because you can adapt very easily to other cameras. So the investment on B lenses is worthwhile in my opinion.
Since the BL is a straight 16 camera, you won't need anything special.
The BL isn't a bad camera, I shot with it a lot over the years. The Arri S is a lot smaller, but it's A LOT louder as well. Where the BL can be a crystal sync sound camera (depending on the electronics) the Arri S can't, it's an MOS camera. The Arri S is also a 100ft daylight spool camera. Yes you can find 400ft magazines for it, but then things get more expensive because people get a premium for them on ebay. If you don't care about a quiet sync sound camera, buy a Bolex. My EBM is small, has pretty good registration and isn't nearly as loud as the Arri S.