By technical editor Matt Allard:
There aren’t that many cage solutions on the market for the new breed of smaller cameras – especially the Panasonic GH4 and Sony a7S. These cameras are lightweight and compact which makes them great for stealthy shooting. This is all well and good, but if your going to use one as an “A” camera then at some point you will want to mount a few accessories such as audio adapters, radio mics, shotgun mics, an EVF or monitor and potentially a matte box as neither camera features built-in ND filters. Clearly this is near impossible without some form of mounting bracket or cage.
One of the solutions I’ve been trying out is the Honu cage from FHugen. It is designed as a multi purpose cage and can accommodate the Panasonic GH3/GH4 and the Sony a7 series of cameras including the a7S. The cage is well thought out and very reasonably priced. It is lightweight, features plenty of mounting points and access to all your controls.
I recently used it with my Sony a7S on a documentary shoot in Japan and found it worked well for my shooting style given the equipment I needed to mount on it. In the video I give an overview of the cage features and how I used it in a real world shooting situation.
They currently do not have any distributors outside of North America but they are looking for resellers and distributors for the rest of the world.
The Honu cage retails for $150US, or $180US with the optional top handle and HDMI port protector. There are several other accessories including a 15mm rod holder kit which can also be purchased.