New HDSLR Cage from SmallRig

CoolLCD (coollcd.com) has just started shipping an updated camera cage: The SmallRig DSLR Quick Cage 1510.

This all metal design has an adjustable height and works with all DLSRs that measure less than 130 mm — which are most of the cameras on the market today.

The cage also features a cold shoe lock — providing a second point of contact which prevents any twisting of your camera — securely locking it in place.

The extended top plate is tapped with 7 rows of threaded 1/4 20’s — extremely handy for mounting accessories.

While they offer multiple cage handle designs, we purchased the all metal, 1526 Nato Cheese Handle. It quickly mounts securely with a Nato plate — and offers even more threaded 1/4 20’s.

The handle is also very well made with 4 locking bolts at the joint. What’s nice is you can locate it wherever it is most comfortable and convenient.

The 1521 HDMI cable clamp — which retails for just $26 — mounts to the side of the cage, securely locking your cable.

We liked this design and its robust construction so much we purchased 2 … one for our shoulder rig and another for our tripod rig.

The price of the cage is less than a third of similar designs on the market, only $129.

SmallRig also manufactures similar cages designed to fit Sony A7 and Black Magic Cinema Cameras — also at low prices.

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KAMERAR VF-4 PLUS UNIVERSAL LCD VIEWFINDER

The Kamerar VF-4 Plus LCD Viewfinder is a great value AND a great solution for video shooters.

The eyecup can be reversed for either left or right eye operation and offers an additional point of contact for more stable shooting.

No sticky frames or magnets here … it attaches to your camera with a quick release baseplate.

This 3.2″ viewfinder is compatible with a wide variety of cameras with front to back, horizontal as well as vertical adjustments

The 3x power magnifying loupe has a built-in, adjustable diopter offering precise focusing for your vision.

Also very handy is the ability to flip the loupe out of the way … the angled hood works great as a sunshade.

The shallow design allows for easy access to cameras with touchscreen controls — like this EOS-M from Canon.

As with any loupe, you must avoid direct sunlight thru the viewfinder – it can damage your LCD … in order to solve this problem, simply engage the lens cover with this sliding switch when not in use.

While the baseplate can be mounted directly on your tripod with either 1/4 20 or 3/8 holes, the VF-4 Plus has been redesigned and modified to fit the Manfrotto 501 QR plate.

This is a great feature, one that makes purchasing this viewfinder a no-brainer.

All in all — a great looking, excellent performing addition to your DSLR Kit.

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Check out their website kamerar.com for more information.

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New Budget-Minded HDSLR Accessories

We just picked up a couple of new products, inexpensive yet functional.

One is an upgraded dovetail plate for the Manfrotto 577 Quick Release.

As you may know by now, we are big fans of any new gear designed around our Manfrotto 501/577 QR system.

The new Manfrotto style dovetail plate from SmallRig is a whooping 9 inches long, more than twice the length of the Manfrotto 501P-Long …. which measures a bit over 4″.

The SmallRig 1460 includes both ¼-20 and 3/8 mounting options and has a taller profile — which allows for a better grip with the 577.

This is a great solution in situations where you need to mount something with two bolts for a more secure fit … or for balancing camcorders, or cameras with a long lens on a tripod.

Here we are using it to mount a rig onto a tripod. The 2 bolts prevent any twisting. And, the long length provides flexibility in balancing the weight of the rig as well.

It also comes in handy when you need to balance a long lens. You are no longer forced to mount the lens with a QR plate; you can just slide the entire camera back to the correct position.

Also handy are the 1/4 20 threaded holes on both front and back ends of the plate … great for mounting accessories

Next, we picked up a very inexpensive shoulder pad.

The SmallRig 1485 is built to accommodate the standard 15mm rail

It comes with a removable foam cushion, very comfortable for long periods of shooting. The rail block features threaded, ¼-20 holes for accessories.

Made out of aluminum and weighing in at a half pound, this lightweight shoulder pad features a lightweight price — just $52. You can’t beat that!

Check out their website coollcd.com for more information.

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NEW HDSLR ACCESSORIES FOR EVF’S AND HDMI

We recently purchased several new accessories that have just been released.

The SmallRig EVF Holder 1431, 1402, and the SmallRig HDMI Lock – all from coollcd.com.

The EVF Holder 1431 Horizontal Nato Clamp is designed to provide flexibility in positioning your monitor.

With 4 locking pivot points, it can adjust to virtually any position you may need. The mounting rail is designed to accommodate multiple positions.

And – with a solid lock on any NATO rail – this EVF holder is not going to fall off your rig.

If you don’t use a NATO accessory rail, coollcd.com sells an adapter which can easily mount the EVF holder with ¼ 20 bolts … here, we are using the SmallRig NATO rail to mount it on a P&C Swiss Rod.

Also new from coollcd.com is the SmallRig EVF Mount 1402 with a vertical NATO mount. More compact than the 1431 EVF holder, this accessory allows you to mount your EFV on a vertical NATO rail.

Both the 1431 and 1402 are sold with cold shoe mounts — rather than the NATO style.

And … Both of these EVF mounts can be used instead to mount other HDSLR accessories to your rig.

Finally, we are excited to find a new accessory designed around the Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter … SmallRig HDMI Lock. This neat little all metal clamp bolts onto the side of the Manfrotto 577 and locks in your HDMI cable. With so many of us using the Manfrotto 577, we are glad to see manufacturers like SmallRig develop 3rd party solutions based upon this quick release system.

Check out their website coollcd.com for more information.

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