New Hardware: SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660, Currently in Pre-Order at Discount

Whenever a new lightweight matte box suitable for smaller, lighter hybrid camera rigs appears and looks like it may be worth considering, I add it to my wishlist but resign myself to ranking it low due to matte boxes’ customary high cost. Until now, that is, until SmallRig’s Lightweight Matte Box 2660 appeared in my news feed this morning. 

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SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

The SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660 is currently in pre-order, and it is available at a $US20.00 discount in return for a reasonable wait until it enters production.

SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660

Key Features:
1. Lightweight Clamp-On Matte Box with Carbon Fiber Top Flag.
2. Weights Only 238g Without Top Flag.
3. Fits Lenses up to 114mm Outside Diameter.
4. Supports up to Two 4 x 4″ or 4 x 5.65″ Filters.
5. Features Four 1/4”-20 Accessory Mounts.
6. Includes Four Adapter Rings in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm-114mm.
7. Optional 15mm LWS Rod Clamp 2663 & 95-114mm Adapter Ring 2661.

SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660 is designed to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare, with interchangeable mounting systems that suit cinema or DSLR lenses. The matte box comes with a 114mm clamp that allows you to mount it directly onto a 114mm cine lens, and the included 67-114mm, 72-114mm, 77-114mm, 82-114mm threaded adapter rings allow you to use the matte box with lenses of different diameters. Separately available 95-114mm Adapter Ring 2661 can be used for cine-style lenses. It supports up to two standard 4 x 4” or 4 x 5.65″ filters without the use of filter trays and features two independent thumbscrews to keep the filters in place. The filters can be easily pushed out from the side without leaving fingerprints on the filters by unscrewing the top thumbscrew. An included carbon fiber top flag helps block veiling glare or bright reflections from striking your lens and can be folded down to cover the front of the matte box as well as provide protection to the front of your lens. The matte treatment of the matte box is anti-reflective designed to prevent internal reflections from strong light sources. Featuring four 1/4″-20 threads on the top that allow you to mount additional accessories. Besides, this matte box can be configured to fit on 15mm LWS rods with the separately available 15mm Rod Clamp 2663.

Designer: Victor Tang, Peiwen He, Jerry Zhang

Note: When use a lens smaller than 82mm in diameter, please convert the lens to 82mm outside diameter first, and then attach to the 82-114mm adapter ring.

Compatibility:
67mm/ 72mm/77mm/82mm/114mm Lens
95-114mm Lens Adapter Ring Separately Available
Package Includes:
1 x Matte Box
1 x 67-114mm Adapter Ring
1 x 72-114mm Adapter Ring
1 x 77-114mm Adapter Ring
1 x 82-114mm Adapter Ring
2 x Allen Wrench

Product Dimensions: 228.5 x 166 x 72mm
Package Dimensions: 255 x 190 x 85mm
Net Weight: 457g±5g
Package Weight: 907g±5g

Material(s): Aluminum Alloy, Carbon Fiber, ABS+PC

SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box 2660

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New Hardware: SmallRig Two-In-One Bracket for Wireless Microphone 2996, Currently in Pre-Order at Discount

SmallRig has done it again with its SmallRig Two-In-One Bracket for Wireless Microphone 2996, designed to support RØDE Wireless GO and Saramonic Blink 500 wireless audio receiver and transmitter systems. 

SmallRig caters for production camera accessories needs you never even knew existed, until the company comes up with yet another amazing and affordable solution like this one and several others that are also currently in the pre-order stage.

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SmallRig Two-In-One Bracket for Wireless Microphone 2996, dimensions. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

The SmallRig Two-In-One Bracket for Wireless Microphone 2996 is currently in pre-order, and it is available at a $US3.00 discount in return for a reasonable wait until it enters production.

SmallRig Two-in-one Bracket for wireless microphone 2996

Key features:
1. Compatible with Rode Wireless Go & Saramonic Blink 500.
2. Set the two receivers up stably.
3. Featuring a cold shoe mount, it can be mounted on the camera and the cage directly.
4. Combine the two 3.5mm audio sources into one and still editable separately.

SmallRig Two-in-one Bracket for Wireless microphone 2996 is designed for 2-person vlog with RODE Wireless Go & Saramonic Blink 500 to connect two audio sources at the same time. It can combine the two 3.5mm audio sources into one and still editable separately. Using the built-in clip of Wireless Go & Saramonic Blink 500, the bracket sets the two receivers stably with compact design and lightweight structure. The cold shoe mount allows you to slide the bracket directly onto the camera and the cage to provide convenient and reliable using experience for shooting.

SmallRig Two-In-One Bracket for Wireless Microphone 2996

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New Hardware: SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3087, Currently in Pre-Order at Discount

I have come to regard SmallRig’s well-designed and well-manufactured camera accessories and especially its cages and L-brackets as must-have hardware purchases for every new hybrid camera and the company’s cage for Fujifilm’s X-S10 camera is no exception. 

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SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3087. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

The SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3087 is currently in pre-order, meaning that it is available at a $US10.00 discount in return for a reasonable wait until it enters production.

SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3087

Key Features:
1. Formfitting Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10.
2. Multiple 1/4″-20 & ARRI 3/8″-16 Accessory Threads.
3. Integrated Cold Shoe & NATO Rail.
4. Locks Camera via 1/4″-20 & M2 Screw.
5. Built-in Magnetic Flat Head Screwdriver with Allen Wrench.
6. Integrated Arca-Swiss Plate on the Bottom.

SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3087 is a formfitting full cage designed to provide protection and accessory mounts. The cage secures to the camera via a 1/4″-20 screw on the bottom and an m2 screw on the right side for further security to prevent twisting. Featuring multiple 1/4″-20 and ARRI 3/8″-16 accessory threads for accessories, such as Side Handle HSN2093, Cold Shoe 2260, Monitor Mount 2903, and Top Handle 2165. The cage integrates with a cold shoe on the top for the microphone and light, and comes with a NATO Rail on the left side [that] allows for mounting the Side Handle 2187. The bottom comes with 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threads to attach a camera plate, such as Manfrotto Plate 1280 and APU2458. A flat head screwdriver with an Allen wrench is included to secure the camera screw and stores on the bottom of the cage. The bottom integrates an Arca Swiss plate that enables mounting on a tripod head. The cage maintains access to all buttons, LCD screen, and dummy battery cable. Optional HDMI Cable Clamp 1693 is separately available to protect the HDMI port.”

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New Hardware: SmallRig L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3086, Currently in Pre-Order at Discount

I have come to regard SmallRig’s well-designed and well-manufactured camera accessories and especially its cages and L-brackets as must-have hardware purchases for every new hybrid camera and the company’s L-Bracket for Fujifilm’s X-S10 camera is no exception. 

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SmallRig L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3086. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

The SmallRig L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3086 is currently in pre-order, meaning that it is available at a $US10.00 discount in return for a reasonable wait until it enters production.

SmallRig L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3086

Key Features:
1. Modular Designed Arca-Type L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10.
2. 1/4″ -20 Accessory Threads & Carry Strap Slot.
3. The Side Plate Can Be Moved Forward to Have 180° LCD Screen.
4. Extendable Side Plate for Tethering or Cable Release.
5. Built-in Allen Wrench and Flat Head Screwdriver.

SmallRig L-Bracket for FUJIFILM X-S10 Camera 3086 is modular designed with anti-twist flanges to keep the camera from twisting and provide a comfortable grip. Both the base plate and side plate are Arca-type compatible dovetails enable the camera to mount in a vertical or horizontal position. Each axis features a sensor centering line to align the camera on a tripod head. It secures to the bottom of the camera with a 1/4 screw and features a rubber pad to prevent your camera from scratching. Featuring multiple 1/4″-20 threads on the side for accessories such as Cold Shoe 2736 and HDMI Cable Clamp 1822. Multiple 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded holes on the bottom are used for mounting accessories such as Quick Release Plate 1280. The side plate can be moved forward to have 180° LCD screen and can be extended to the left if more room is needed for tethering or cable release. The bottom features a slot to attach a hand strap. A built-in Allen wrench and a flat head screwdriver are included to secure the camera screw and stores on the bottom of the L-bracket.”

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New Hardware: SmallRig RØDE Wireless Go Storage Cage 2998

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-rode-wireless-go-storage-cage-2998.html

“SmallRig Rode Wireless go storage cage 2998 is designed to store & protect Rode wireless go. The transmitter and receiver can be stably stored by using the wireless go’s own clamping shrapnel. The storage cage has a cold shoe mount that could connect to the camera or cage. It brings a convenient and comfortable experience for shooting. Only 74g, small and lightweight.

Key Features:
1. Stable storage of Rode wireless go transmitter and receiver.
2. One-piece molding, anti-drop and scratch-resistant, protect the machine.
3. With cold shoe structure, connect the camera and cage through the cold shoe.
4. Notice you restore the microphone when you finish your shooting.”

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SmallRig RØDE Wireless Go Storage Cage 2998. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

Commentary

Australian audio hardware and software company RØDE Microphones has become first choice of many filmmakers, journalists, moviemakers, videographers and vloggers, and the Wireless GO digital wireless microphone system is particularly attractive given its components’ size and relative affordability.

SmallRig has long been the first company I turn to for innovative protection and rigging solutions for moviemaking especially when size, weight and affordability are key, so the combination of RØDE Wireless GO and SmallRig Wireless GO Storage Cage makes sense.

SmallRig RØDE Wireless Go Storage Cage 2998 is in pre-order at time of writing and purchasing now gains a 15% discount.

Expected release date is October 12, 2020.

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New Hardware: SmallRig Side Handle with Remote Trigger for Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras 2934

“SmallRig Side Handle with Remote Trigger for Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras 2934 is designed to provide a comfortable grip and features a record button on top to control camera start/stop.

Compatibility:
Panasonic S5/S1/S1R/S1H
Panasonic GH4/GH5/GH5S
Panasonic G9/G95

Key Features:
1. Ergonomic Control Handle for Selected Panasonic Cameras.
2. Start/Stop Remote Trigger Button.
3. 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 & Cold Shoe Accessory Mounts.
4. Features Slots for Cable Tethering.
5. Adjusts up & down with Sliding Connector.
6. Integrated Allen Wrench Stores Inside the Grip.”

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SmallRig Side Handle with Remote Trigger for Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras 2934. Image courtesy of SmallRig.

Commentary

This long-awaited remote cable side handle for a range of Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds and 35mm sensor aka “full frame” or “full format” hybrid stills/video cameras is in pre-order at time of writing with a 15% discount so get there soon to secure one.

This device looks well-designed and well-executed, and it is now on my production accessories wishlist.

Expected release date is November 16, 2020.

You may wish to consider adding a second wooden side handle to create a two-handed rig, such as the SmallRig Universal Wooden Side Handle 2093.

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SmallRig: SmallRig Cage for Panasonic S5 Camera 2983

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-cage-for-panasonic-s5-camera-2983.html

No sooner had Panasonic announced its amazing Lumix DC-S5 35mm sensor-equipped L-mount compact hybrid stills/video camera than SmallRig released details of its SmallRig Cage for Panasonic S5 Camera 2983, in preorder at a discount at time of writing.

I always recommend investing in SmallRig products when in preorder aka late development stage in order to take advantage of their preorder discounts not to forget their attractive non-discount pricing compared to other camera accessories makers.

The S5 cage can be purchased alone or in a package including one or more of the following: Monitor Mount with ARRI Mount 2903, HDMI Cable Clamp 1679, Arri Locating Handle 2165 and Wooden NATO Side Handle 2187.

For those of us who enjoy using cameras with vertical battery grips attached, no doubt SmallRig has a suitable cage in the works right now, perhaps soon to appear in the Co-design page.

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SmallRig Has Two Fujifilm X-T3 Cages in Pre-Order, One for the Camera with Battery Grip and One Without. First 100 Orders Get 30% Off.

Camera accessories maker SmallRig is quick off the mark with not one but two camera cages for the Fujifilm X-T3 APS-C/Super 35 hybrid mirrorless camera to take advantage of the X-T3’s radically boosted video capabilities. 

My experience with a range of Fujifilm cameras indicates that almost all of them benefit at least from metal hand grips and more so from vertical battery grips for better, safer handholding and extra power. 

It is pleasing to see that SmallRig has acknowledged this by adding extra gripability to its cage for the X-T3 minus vertical battery grip. 

Both camera cages are currently available under SmallRig’s Pre-Order scheme at 30% off an already low regular price and the estimated shipping date is October 11, 2018, well-timed for the official release of X-T3 production models. 

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Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R LM OIS kit zoom lens.

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 Premium Compact 4K Hybrid Camera Now in Pre-Order at 50% Off

Camera accessory maker SmallRig recently placed a camera cage for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 M43 4K hybrid digital camera  on pre-order status at a 50% discount for the first 100 orders, and it reminded me of what a remarkable little camera the LX100 appears to be even though it was released back in 2014 alongside the then ground-breaking Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198 enhances this capable little premium compact Micro Four Thirds camera for discrete run-and-gun video.

The professional camera stores I was frequenting at the time did not stock the LX100 otherwise I may well have bought one had I the chance to see and try one out.

The LX100’s specifications are impressive for a 2014 release camera with some of the few disappointments being its lack of microphone and headphone ports for good quality audio recording, but that lack can be remedied by attaching a small audio recorder to the camera for double system sound that can easily be synched to video in Final Cut Pro X or Red Giant’s Shooter PluralEyes.

A successor to the LX100, presumably to be named the Panasonic Lumix LX200, with more contemporary specifications such as in-body image stabilization aka IBIS or at least improved optical image stabilization, ND filters and a 16 to 20 megapixel sensor, has long been rumored and I hope that the latest rumour, that it will be announced before the photokina trade show in September this year, is true as I have been in the market for a top-specced compact hybrid camera for quite some time.

The one obvious downside to compact cameras that fit into the palm of one’s hand as the LX100 seems to is their minimal gripability and lack of attachment points for accessories necessary for producing great video such as audio recorders, microphones, hand grips, handles and small monitors or monitor/recorders, but SmallRig’s custom cage provides enough of those in the form of 1/4-20 threaded holes and a NATO accessory rail on one side.

The SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198 is the company’s first such cage to adopt a more protective form factor than SmallRig’s other camera cages to date and I hope augurs well for more protective camera cage designs in future.

I became aware of the usefulness of protective as well as connective camera cage designs when shooting on location in a challenging situation with a Lumix GH4 inside a GH4 Cube Cage made by Motion9, now rebranded as Seercam.

SmallRig’s design style has been evolving lately with the appearance of custom L-brackets which add videocentric features to a camera accessory formerly aimed solely at stills photography.

Hybrid cameras, equally adept at stills photography as high-quality video, have demanded a rethink on the question of camera and accessories support and I look forward to SmallRig’s designs becoming more hybrid-savvy.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100, and hopefully soon the Panasonic Lumix LX200, are a case in point.

I look to a camera like this being as good for handheld documentary photography or tripod-mounted portrait photography in vertical and horizontal orientation via built-in Arca-Swiss plate as it is for video whether accessorized minimally or with audio recorder, left side handle, top handle, microphone and even a monitor.

I would like to see SmallRig’s cage for the LX200 be even more hybrid-influenced than its LX100 cage, a fusion of Arca-Swiss tripod plate with NATO, Arri and 1/4-20 mounting points such that one never needs to remove it, so versatile and comfortable would it be whether held in the hand or mounted on tripod, monopod or gimbal.

SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Micro Four Thirds 4K hybrid digital camera and accessories

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