SmallRig Cage for Sony A7III/ARIII

  1. Introduction
  2. SmallRig
  3. Cage Kit
  4. In Use
  5. SmallRig ecosystem
  6. Conclusion

1 Introduction

Why should you have an Cage Kit for your A7III/A7RIII or A9? Mainly to connect video accessories and still have an easy and secure grip and handling

  • Microphone
  • Detachable top handle
  • HDMI clamp
  • External monitor
  • Wooden hand grip

2 Small Rig

SmallRig is a Chinese company specialized in video/tripod accessories

I had already ordered some Video cage and Bracket from Generic Accessories companies like Andoer / Neewer but was very disappointed by the design and quality , it seems sometimes, they never mount it really on the intended camera and the overall perception was “not very reliable”

I did not wanted to spent a fortune on high end cage or L-Bracket from e.g. RRS and decided to test the SmallRig products that on papers seems well designed

When I received my parcel , I immediately knew I had some serious stuff in the hand

  • Every items was packed in thick high quality transparent pouch
  • Every part was well finished with perfect edges and polish, and fits nicely with the other parts
  • Sliding part were moving without any issues and very smoothly
  • Provided screws were very solid

3 The A7III cage kit – Ref 2096

3.1 Specifications

see also here :  https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-cage-kit-for-sony-a7r-iii-a7iii-2096.html

  • Weight : 482g
  • Price : 159.9$
  • Aluminum Alloy with anti rust paint

3.2 Kit composition

This Kit is made a numerous accessories combined with the based  A7III cage. Other kits are proposed by SmallRig with other accessories or you can extend this kit with add on accessories as you want

It includes

3.3 A7RIII Cage 2087

The base cage in itself is extremely well built : smooth finish, perfect holes, rigid, exactly adjusted to the A7III / A7RIII body.

The bottom of the cage allow a perfect access to change the battery if needed

Memory cards stays also perfectly accessible as well as top dial and custom buttons, back screen can flip without any issue

3.4 NATO Rail 1409

The Nato Rail need to be fixed on top of the cage and provide a secure lock to mount or unmount the the handle. just push of the copper button on one side to slide the accessory in/out

3.5 NATO Handle (Rubber) 2005

The NATO Handle with rubber makes it very confortable to carry your A7III by the hand for e.g. low position filming. This one slide on the NATO rail and tightened to the rail by turning the thumbscrew

3.6 HDMI Lock 1679

The HDMI Lock is well designed and can secure the both HDMI and jack cables adequately

4 In Use

In practice this A7III cage kit is very well built and each accessories fit perfectly to the cage. No need to worry of something not well fixed or fragile , this SmallRig cage kit is really a trustable material that can be used for professional use

5 Small Rig ecosystem

This kit can be completed with other accessories for Sony cameras that Smallrig produces

Their catalogue of accessories covers all A7 series, A9 and A6000 series and include tons of options to match every needs and to build progressively a complete system

6 Conclusion

The SmallRig Cage kit 2096 for Sony A7III, A7RIII is

  • A very High quality product ,
  • Very well designed : battery door, accessories that can be mounted on it
  • Very reasonable price (159.9$)
  • And can be completed by many accessories: e.g Wooden hand grip, monitor support

The only issue is when you buy your first  SmallRig is that you will quickly want more of them!