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

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8Sinn a7RII / a7SII Cage

8Sinn is a new company based in Europe and they offer a few cages in their webstore. The 8Sinn a7RII / a7SII Cage comes in two different flavours (handle design) and is a very basic version of a cage. Let’s look at how it performs.

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Ease of Assembly and Disassembly

a7s-greenIt is easy to attach and detach a camera on the 8Sinn Cage. You do however need one of the two allen keys as the base screw is a hex screw. Also the screw can easily fall out and can be lost when there is no camera attached. We wish the base screw was slotted and integrated into the cage as on other cages we saw.

How Securely is the Camera Attached to the Cage?

a7s-greenThe camera is securely locked to the 8Sinn Cage.

HDMI Cable Protector Design

a7s-greenThe HDMI Cable Protector on the 8Sinn has a clever design and is easy to use. By locking the small hex screws on the side, the slanted metal bracket is being pushed onto the cables. This worked very well for us, especially as thicker cables can be used than on most other cages in this review.

The downside here is that if your HDMI cable and USB cable have a different thickness it might be difficult to lock them both.

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Do we Have Access to Other Outputs on the Side?

a7s-greenYes, there is good access.

Is it Possible to use the Sony XLR-K2M Audio Module?

a7s-greenYes, this cage can be used with the Sony XLR-K2M audio module as there is sufficient space above and around the camera’s hotshoe. However you can not use the top-handle at the same time.

Can we Easily Access the Lens Release Button?

a7s-greenYes, the lens-release button is freely accessible.


How Well Can we Attach a Tripod Plate?

a7s-greenThere is a lot of space and surface area to attach any tripod plate. Also the 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads let you attach those plates very securely.

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How Good is the Included Rod Support?

The 8Sinn cage we received did not include a rod support. They offer an optional rod support in their webstore.

Metabones Mount Quality

a7s-redThis cage has no Metabones Mount option.

The Top-handle Design

a7s-orangeThe top-handle on the 8Sinn Cage is nicely crafted. It is lightweight and attached via a removable NATO rail and an easy to lock quicklock bracket. By unlocking the wingscrew on the side, the handle can be moved all the way forward and backward. Very easy to adjust and ergonomic. Also there are many 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads for mounting.

We do have concerns about the NATO rail quicklock design though. There is no safety mechanism included. If you forget to lock the rail or by accident open the bracket, the whole camera fall off without any further protection. On the Tilta Cage we saw a proper way to implement this.

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Overall Ergonomics

a7s-greenThe 8Sinn Cage stands out with its very lightweight and compact design. There are some nice touches like the easy to use HDMI port protector, the top-handle adjustments and a sensor position marking on top. There are several mounting points on the sides and a slanted coldshoe as well.

We also have some concerns though. The slanted cage design looks cool, but is not the most ergonomic when it comes to attaching accessories. Also on the top plate we would have wished for a few more mounting points and possibly another coldshoe or mounting points on the right. Some other cages offer a bit more there.

There is an edge on the right hand side that is almost knife sharp and should be blunted. And the base screw is sticking out which makes the cage rock from side to side. This is a minor concern, but could easily be addressed, especially considering the high price of the cage.

Cage weight without top-handle: 260g
Cage weight with top-handle: 373g

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Conclusion

The 8Sinn Cage is simple and performs surprisingly well, especially considering this is a relatively new company in the camera accessory market. They got many things right and receive 9 green lights with a great built quality as well. So overall this is a recommended cage for us, targeted at filmmakers who want a simple, hassle free design that works, with no fancy features.

If you’re looking for a bit more, then you should know that there is no EVF rod mount on this cage, no metabones mount and only a few top mounting points. So in terms of functionality this cage only gives you the bare minimum which is a bit surprising considering the extremely high price. There is a version of this cage with a rod support included that costs a whopping $609 (inc. tax), far more expensive than any other cage we reviewed.

Price: $430

Please consider getting your gear through the link above. Thank you

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Williams Antonio Lamattina
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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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