The Panasonic LUMIX S5 II and S5 II x were just announced and both cameras offer very good value for money given their capabilities. Like any mirrorless hybrid camera, if you are going to start building it up and need to add accessories, then a cage is the first part of the equation
The basic Black Mamba Cage Kits are available in two versions and there are also kits that include a top handle and HDMI port protector.
SmallRig “Black Mamba” Cage for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4023
The SmallRig “Black Mamba” Cage for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4023 was designed to protect the camera and let you attach accessories. It locks the camera via one bottom 1/4″-20 screw and two side lock adapters, with rubber pads preventing scratches.
Among the accessory mounting points, 1/4″-20 holes support Side Handle 2093B; the front 1/4″-20 locating hole suits Rod Clamp 3276 for follow focus system; and the ARRI 3/8″-16 locating hole fits Top Handle 3786 or Monitor Mount 2903B.
It also comes with a left NATO rail for Side Handle 3847; cold shoe mounts to attach a microphone, and LED video light; and there is a bottom QD socket to install a QD shoulder strap.
At the bottom, there is an Arca-Swiss quick-release plate, suitable for DJI RS 2 / RSC 2 / RS 3 / RS 3 Pro gimbals and Arca-Swiss tripods, as well as a threaded hole for quick-release plate (riser pad) of DJI RS 2 / RSC 2 and Arca-Type Quick Release Plate 3154. The item also features strap holes on both sides and the bottom, which are compatible with Hand Strap 3848, Shoulder Strap PSC2428, etc. A magnetic wrench is included for easy disassembly and assembly.
The SmallRig “Black Mamba” Cage for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4023 is currently available for $84.90 USD.
The slightly more basic SmallRig Cage for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4022 is available for $59.90 USD.
SmallRig “Black Mamba”Cage Kit for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4024
The SmallRig “Black Mamba”Cage Kit for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4024 was designed to assist with handheld shooting and it enables you to attach accessories. It includes a cage, an HDMI & USB-C cable clamp, and a top handle
The streamlined cage with clear edges gives full access to top controls, and the thumbscrew-tightened cable clamp can clamp HDMI & USB-C cables at the same time.
Among the accessory mounting points, 1/4″-20 threaded holes support Side Handle 3322, Holder for Portable Power Banks BUB2336; cold shoe mounts suit microphone, LED video light, etc.; and ARRI 3/8″-16 locating holes fit Monitor Mount 2903B. It also comes with a NATO rail on the left side for Side Handle 3847, and strap holes on both sides, which are compatible with “Black Mamba” Hand Strap 3848. Besides, a magnetic wrench is included for easy disassembly and assembly.
The slightly more basic SmallRig Cage Kit for Panasonic LUMIX S5 II 4143 is available for $99.90 USD.