I'm making the best of this situation for the sake of shooting 4K without breaking the bank, although I have to admit that Sony, Canon, Nikon and all other camera manufacturers have come a long way in providing adequate video features on still cameras. I also realize that it's fun to customize your own rig however you see fit; expensive, but fun.
|Small wonder among giants|
The a7s is a relatively small still camera, not much to hold on to. Even though it seems pretty strong and built mostly of metal, its size conveys the illusion of frailty. I quickly decided I was going to need a cage for this little wonder.
|CUBE ALPHA a7s by motionnine.com|
I looked at everything on the market I could find. Functionality may be the most important feature when it comes to cages, but I have to admit that I also consider appearance as an important feature of design. I have found that looks go hand in hand with functionality, most of the time.
I decided on the cage from Motion9. (motionnine.com) They call it the CUBE. I purchased it from eBay and got it quite fast. All the other cages I inquired about seemed to work fine and most were quite functional, but the CUBE seemed to have everything I wanted including "good looks."
|The old venerable Pentax 6x7 medium format camera|
They designed the CUBE with a cable guide/protection system. it consists of two rods and an attachment block with adjustable clamps. It looks a little awkward to me just protruding from the side, but it is functional and can also be used as a hand grip when holding the camera.
At first I didn't like the wooden grip, it seemed to me to be out of place on a high-tech camera. I have since grown to like it - it stands out, much like the old Pentax 6x7 wooden handle did in the old days.
I still remember the old days of film - I digress, sorry.
I can hookup anything I need on the cage, the controls on the Sony a7s are readily accessible and the camera is protected within the CUBE; what else can I ask for?
On the next post I'll delve into the 15mm rod system I decided on. Stay tuned.
|Cage = protection|
|Rear view CUBE and Sony a7s - rod serves as a thumb rest|
I would like to be clear here, I have NOT been given any of these products in exchange for positive reviews. These products have all been purchased and payed for by me with no help from these manufacturers.