by Jakub Han | 24th October 2016
The new Sony a6500 cage from LockCircle has just been announced. Available from the end of November, it offers an asymmetrical design with lots of mounting possibilities. The full name – LockCircle Cinematic Production Cage 6500NY. Film equipment company LockCircle have recently introduced their new Cinematic production cage for the Sony a6500. It seems very similar to their cage for Sony’s previous model, the a6300. The new Sony a6500 mirrorless camera is a little bit bigger than the a6300. The official dimensions are: Sony a6500: 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 53.3 mm excluding protrusions Sony a6300: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm excluding protrusions So you probably would not be able to fit the new a6500 into the old cage. You will be able to fit the a6300 into this cage, however. The Sony a6500 cage from LockCircle features a tight “Asymmetrical Design Approach”, meaning you can hold the camera ergonomically with your right hand using the original grip on the camera body. A total of 103 (!) 1/4”-20 and 4 3/8”-16 threads are available for mounting various accessories and camera handles. The 6500NY cage integrates the MicroPort micro HDMI / USB connectors locking clamps, and the popular LockPort Flex (micro to full-size HDMI output), used on the Birdcage A7 and A7M2. The 6500NY cage camera-plate has a Meta-Block mount for Metabones and an IMS-Block for IMS-Mounts designed to achieve good follow-focus work. IMS mounts are available for E-MOUNT to Canon EF/Nikon F (with positive-lock concept), PL-Mount, Panavision, BNCR, Leica R and Leica M, with others mounts coming soon. The original pop-out camera flash works with the 6500NY cage without limitations. Vertical camera mounting is available as well as a modular 15mm rods baseplate. This new Sony a6500 cage weighs only 200g (7 o.z.) without accessories, and has several threads to mount the (AC) tape measurement hook. Sony a6500 Cage LockCircle 6500NY Highlights: Asymmetrical cage design Right hand camera grip/control with original Sony ergonomics Birdcage Top Grip handle and Boombooster compatible accessories CNC machind from billet aluminum Genuine titanium screws MicroPort and LockPort Flex HDMI/USB port savers Meta-Block mount (adjustable) for Metabones monolithic mounting IMS-Block for IMS- Mounts for serious cinematographers needs Several IMS Professional lens mounts available Focal Plane thread for AC measurement hook Compatible with Sony a6300 The LockCircle Sony a6500 cage will be available for delivery from the end of November 2016, with prices starting from $299.00 + shipping and tax (€279.00 + VAT).Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 21st January 2016
Redrock Micro are renowned for being a very innovative manufacturer of gear. Well, they proved their status again last year with this very interesting looking device, known as the “Scout” active camera cage. Now it’s finally shipping. The idea is to include everything that is needed for manual focus control into a small and lightweight handheld camera cage. The result looks really promising. There are two versions available, the Scout HS and the Scout HX. The main difference between both models is the lack of the built-in microRemote base station in the HS version. If you already own such a base station and a respective torque motor, this is for you. The HX version is the far more sophisticated one, as the base station is already included (built-in) as well as a torque motor. All you need is your camera to be ready to go out and shoot. The built-in fingerwheel communicates directly with the torque motor attached to the rig. So you can use both hands to comfortably hold your camera while maintaining the ability to nail the focus. With the microRemote base station built-in, you can let your AC pull focus with the microRemote Handheld Controller. The cage can accommodate a wide range of mirrorless and DSLR cameras ranging from 91mm to 125mm tall and the camera can slide left to right in order to keep perfect balance. With the optional rail clamp, it’s easy to swap the whole rig from handheld to studio or shoulder mount. A neat feature for that is the external fingerwheel port which allows you to switch from the built-in fingerwheel to a remote one really quickly. When using a DJI Ronin gimbal, you can pop the Scout right on, no adapters needed. The unit itself is powered with a standard Canon LP-E6 battery. The active camera cage gives you one additional cold-show mount for accessories while the other one is used to accommodate the 4″ Rhino Mount for the torque motor. The built-in base station is capable of calibrating both cine lenses with hard stops and photo lenses without these hard stops. Watch this video for an idea of how easy it is to set everything up. Please make sure to switch off the audio, it’s pretty nerve-wracking! Pricing and comparison Pricing is $595 for the HS version and $2,199 for the HX version for the intro period. After that, the regular pricing will be $200 more for the HS and $300 more for the HX version. It’s nice to see how Redrock Micro listens to their customers and have a good sense of what might be useful in the field. The fact that they have used this feedback to improve their active camera cage range is much appreciated. For additional information, please check this quick start guide by Redrock Micro.Read more
by Tim Fok | 24th March 2014
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