There’s a variety of camera cages and related video equipment/accessories for digital cameras and it can be a little confusing if you’re a video neophyte and intimidating when you see the prices.
Since I’ve decided to try my hand at video I did more than a little research and price comparisons.
A cage seems like a good idea in light of the various mounting options they offer.
I’ve begun with a 8Sinn cage as seen in the photos (just some quick shots and nothing special, and the photo of front facing camera is actually a photo of the box I took), following it’s arrival and the opportunity to examine, take a closer look, and actually mount it on my a6300 – I’m pleased with the choice.
The model I selected is designed to accommodate either the Sony a6000 or the a6300, a good well secured fit.
This cage comes with a molded in cold shoe, part of the casting, and and a HDMI clamp, which I’ve removed for the time being, something that costs extra in other cages I looked at.
I’m not necessarily interested in every accessory available and have the ability to make a combination aluminum or magnesium handle incorporating a hardwood grip I can also make.
I have a piece of birdseye maple that’s the right size, an eye catching wood that will add a nice touch.
I suppose at some point I may opt for an external microphone but not rushing into that, and since I’m in the process of making a camera slide I figure I can do the same for the cage if I decide to.
I like the look of this cage, kind makes me think it’s something a Vulcan from Star Trek would have.
Designs for a cage are dictated by size and model, I don’t believe that lends itself to an endless array of design possibilities, but 8Sinn has pretty much nailed it.
8Sinn is a Polish company, and one might think that would translate to a lengthy wait from placing an order to delivery considering distances but that isn’t the case as from start to finish it took four working days – I think people often enough wait longer when they order something from ebay.
I believe this is the first Polish made product I’ve owned and well satisfied – far superior to a lot of Chinese products which I actually expected as I have a Polish friend who seems to be of superior design and character.
Including a link for 8Sinn in case others may be interested in a cage or related.