SmallRig Arca QR Half Cage for Sony A7R III/A7 III/A7 II/A7R II/A7S II 2238
1. A dedicated cage for Sony A7III and A7II series cameras.
2. Built-in Arca system in the cage allowing quick release of the camera in 2 seconds and shifting to other shooting scenarios.
3. Multiple 1/4’’-20 & 3/8’’-16 threaded holes and ARRI locating holes.
4. NATO rail on the left.
5. Half cage with unobstructed camera grip and buttons access.
SmallRig Arca QR Half Cage for Sony A7R III/A7 III/A7 II/A7R II/A7S II 2238 features a built-in Arca system which allows users to detach the camera in 2 seconds and shift to other shooting scenarios. Fix the Arca plate to the camera and slide it into the cage. When you need to shoot stills, simply unlock the lever and detach the camera out of it; all accessories you rig up for video shooting such as the monitor, the microphone and the 15mm LWS rail system are kept with the cage on the tripod. The half cage design ensures unobstructed camera grip and buttons access. It does not block the camera hot shoe, battery door or ports. Multiple 1/4’’-20, 3/8’’-16 threaded holes and Arri locating holes are provided, where top handles like SmallRig Handle 1984 and SmallRig ARRI Locating Handle 2165, or SmallRig Ball Head Arm 2070, 2212 and 2115 could be mounted. On the left is a built-in NATO rail so SmalRig Wooden NATO Handle 2187 or SmallRig NATO Side Handle 1688 could be attached to conduct handheld shooting. Use the HDMI Clamp 1679 to protect the HDMI cable.
NOTE: If you prefer the Manfrotto 501PL QR system built-in, please choose SmallRig Cage 2098.
Designer: Tracy Joy
Sony A7R III/A7 III
Sony A7 II/A7S II/A7R II
1 x cage
1 x Hex Spanner
Product Dimensions: 123.2 x 98.3 x 74mm
Package Dimensions: 165 x 155 x 85
Net Weight: 297g
Package Weight: 367g
Material(s): Aluminum Alloy
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As I use my Sony for video and photography, it's really handy that you can dismount the camera so easily from the cage, plus you can use the bottom plate on your photography ball head with arca clamp.
Overall, this is a well made and solid cage. It is great for mounting extra handles and microphones on your camera. But it has one flaw...
I got this cage hoping that I could take my camera easily in and out of the cage, and still mount it on my tripod using the Arca plate. It was not to be.
I have this cage, a Smallrig 2143 Arca clamp, and a Smallrig 2146 quick release plate.
You can't use the 2146 plate in this cage, you must use the included plate. But the included cage-compatible Arca plate is slightly narrower than the 2146 plate. This means that every time you switch from mounting the camera to mounting the cage on your tripod, you need to get out a hex key and re-adjust the 2143 clamp to make it fit. Which makes it anything but "quick release".
I wanted to use a Peak Design Arca Swiss plate so I could use a Peak Design Clutch and I found that the lever tie down only would work with the provided Arca Swiss plate. Taking the Lever system apart, and a careful 5 min of filing on the angled part of the hold down resulted in me being able to use other Parties Arca Swiss plate. I would Give this product a 5 star review If I didn't have to go through that trouble from the get go.
Purchased this with the Arri locating top handle and the Arri rosette wooden side handle. Everything is top quality -- sturdy, solid and aesthetically pleasing.
This configuration — with a small, intermediate arca plate between the camera and the cage — makes much more sense to me than the more conventional camera-mounted-directly-to-cage design. The weight of a full cage can be a disadvantage when switching from a tripod rig to a gimbal, for example, and this approach solves that problem.
I would suggest making the camera plate as thin as is practical, in order to help keep the centre of gravity as low as possible on a gimbal. Also make sure that the base of the cage can be securely mounted on a second arca plate, to make both elements interchangeable.
You might also consider using a square, "bi-directional" arca plate instead of the conventional one illustrated. This would allow the camera to be mounted on both transverse and longitudinal arca clamps, which would be handy in some situations.
Most importantly — please also make a version for the GH5S!