The Best Sony a7S II Cage / a7R II Cage – 8 Cages Reviewed

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Winners

Here’s a quick roundup of the best cages we tested, their strengths and weaknesses in order of our favourite choice to least favourite choice.

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1. Tilta for Sony a7 Cage ES-T17

a7s-green12x green lights for outstanding ergonomics, intelligent design, high quality machined parts, a top-handle design that fits the XLR-K2M audio module, a Metabones Mount, an included wooden handgrip and cables to make the cage work right out of the box.

a7s-orangeWe gave 1x orange light for issues with the HDMI protector.

a7s-redWe gave 1x red light, because a normal tripod plate can only be installed off-center.

The Tilta a7S II cage is the editor’s choice and our recommended cage for most applications that also works with the Sony XLR-K2M audio module.

Price: $399 – $499 (Buy It Here) and (Buy It Here)

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2. Skier LiteCage for A7RII / A7SII

a7s-green9x green lights. The Skier a7S II cage performed very well in all categories.

a7s-redWe gave 1x red light because there is no Metabones Mount on this cage.

This cage is our second and low-cost recommendation. It performed very well overall and offers great value for money. It is recommended for run-and-gun shooters, not so much for people who want to use large rigs and large lenses on a Metabones Adapter.

Price: $299 (Buy It Here)

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3. Movcam a7RII / a7SII Cage Kit

a7s-green10x green lights for an outstanding and innovative rod support / Metabones Mount combination and great overall quality.

a7s-orangeWe gave 1x orange light because it is not easy to assemble/disassemble and the base screw isn’t locked into the cage.

a7s-redWe gave 1x red light because the quicklock plate cannot be removed and provides too little space to mount a tripod plate securely directly to the cage.

This cage is our recommendation if you’re looking for a cage that is fit for heavy on-set work with larger rigs and lenses and for people who don’t remove their camera from the cage all too often. It provides great stability and the detachable Metabones / rod support quick release is unique.

Price: $437 (Buy It Here)

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4. Came-Tv Rig for a7SII / a7RII

a7s-green9x green lights for a good ergonomic design and acceptable quality. This cage ticks most of our boxes at an affordable price.

a7s-orangeWe gave 1x orange light because the mic and headphone jacks are blocked when the side-handle is in use.

a7s-redWe gave 2x red light because the Metabones Mount on our cage was stuck and couldn’t be properly installed.

This cage is recommended if you don’t want to spend much, but you need a Metabones Mount and Rod Support with your Cage.

Price: $368 (Buy It Here)

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5. 8Sinn a7RII / a7SII Cage

a7s-green9x green lights for a straight forward ergonomic and lightweight design.

a7s-orangeWe gave 1x orange light because the top-handle has no safety pin.

a7s-redWe gave 1x red light because there is no Metabones Mount.

This cage is recommended if you want a simple and straight-forward solution and you don’t mind the high price. There is a version with rod support even more expensive. If the cage was more modestly priced we would have ranked it as number 4.

Price: $430 (Buy It Here)

The Varavon Cage for a7R II, a7S II didn’t make it on our favourites list, because there are too many aspects we’re missing, including a Metabones Mount, a secure top-handle and proper HDMI port protection.
Price: $312

The Shape Sony a7S II / a7R II Cage left us disappointed with numerous design flaws and a mediocre quality. It is also the most expensive of all tested cages.
Price: $451

We think the Moza Cage for Mirrorless Cameras isn’t ready for primetime as it is missing most attributes a cage should offer.
Price: $499

We did our best to objectively and professionally judge all cages and hope this review helped you find the best one for your needs. You’re welcome to share your questions and comments below.

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Nino Leitner
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No – we asked several times but didn’t receive a review unit.

Williams Antonio Lamattina
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Nino Leitner I could not know.I hope you will try it as soon as possible ;)

Nino Leitner
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it’s mentioned in the review – yes we will make a second run if enough additional cages show up

cinema5D
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No, we didn’t receive it in time despite asking for it. Might include it in a second run with additional cages.

Williams Antonio Lamattina
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cinema5D Thanks for the answer ;)

Anand Vyas
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Lockcircle is a small company but its the best cage

Carlos Chiossone
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Carlos Chiossone

As for your HDMI cable support. I love the idea that i can use the support that comes with the camera, main reason, i can move the camera out of the cage onto the MOVI or drone easily and don’t have to deal with reattaching a cable support.
Wish could mount rods with better support.

Ollie Kenchington
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I’ve been using the Smallrig cage with my A7rii and I’ve been pretty pleased with it. I use a 3″ z-rail and Zacuto recoil handle on top and a kessler mini plate on the bottom. It’s a no frills option but only cost me £40.

Randy Panado
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Randy Panado

I use this one too. Great cage for the money!! The new HDMI port protector is great as well. After reading the review, I think small rig would do very well in the round up. Only thing is no metabones mount (that I’m aware of).

 Matt Eldridge
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On the cage’s only Amazon review, it mentions that the Mode Dial is difficult to turn on the SmallRig Cage. Have you guys had similar experiences? Or is it all good?

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