SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage Review For The Sony A7III Camera

SmallRig is a company out of China that makes all sorts of goodies for camera lovers. Recently we received the SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage for the Sony A7iii. Not too long ago we wrote about the SmallRig full cage for the Sony A7iii, but have since found the Half Cage is a way better option and a lot more flexible.

SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage Unboxing

When receiving the Smallrig Half Cage, you will get the cage, a quick release plate and a hex wrench.

SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage Review for The Sony A7III Camera

What makes SmallRig's Half Cage stand out from the many cages on the market is it's quick release capability and unrestricted access to the right side of the camera.

Since the SmallRig Half Cage a quick release plate, you will have to mount the plate to the bottom of the camera. To do so you will need a regular flathead screwdriver. It's a bit odd that they don’t include one and instead include a hex wrench that doesn’t enable you to mount the quick release plate. One improvement would be to use a 4mm hex screw rather the one they included. Another option would be to use a mounting screw that contains a twist handle screw like the Manfrotto quick release plates use.

The cage comes equipped with array of 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded holes for mounting all sorts of cage accessories.

The top of the SmallRig Half Cage provides plenty of options for mounting cage accessories and also doesn't restrict access to the right side of the camera's buttons and dials. You have unrestricted control over the operation of original A7iii handgrip.

SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage

The SmallRig half cage uses a dual lever quick release system. A large silver lever locks the camera into the cage and a safety level prevents the camera from accidentally dropping out of the cage.

To insert the camera into the cage requires 4 steps (No tools required).

  • Push the locking lever towards the lens
  • Push down the safety lever
  • While the safety lever is in the down position, slide the camera into place.
  • Pull back the locking lever towards the back of the camera

To remove the camera from the cage requires 3 steps (No tools required).

  • Push the locking lever towards the lens
  • Push down the safety lever
  • While the safety lever is in the down position, slide the camera out of the cage.

The left side of the SmallRig Half Cage has a wide cutout area allowing full access to all the A7iii's side doors.

The left side of the cage also includes a Nato rail for mounting Nato compatible handles and accessories.

SmallRig Quick Release Half Cage Specifications

The cage is design to work with Sony’s A7R III/A7 III/A7 II/A7R II/A7S II line of cameras. It adds protection on 3 sides of the camera and offers tons of mounting options.

Package Includes:

Product Spects

  • Product Dimensions: 165x155x85 mm
  • Net Weight: 330g
  • Package Size: 96.8×121.2×74 mm
  • Material(s): Aluminum Alloy
  • Retails $99.00