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walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage

B&H # WAUXLCC MFR # 19884
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Product Highlights

  • Adjustable Height Design
  • Hot Shoe Stabilizing Adapter
  • Multiple Accessory Mounting Holes
  • Corrosion Resistant Finish
  • Included Handle & Cold Shoe
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You Pay: $399.00

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The Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage from walimex is a height-adjustable camera cage for DSLR cameras. It protects the camera while providing multiple attachment points for included accessories such as a cold shoe and a handle, as well as available accessories. The cage is made from anodized aluminum for a smooth, corrosion resistant finish.

The cage features over two inches of height adjustment allowing you to use it with a variety of available DSLR cameras. Your camera mounts to the cage via a 1/4"-20 captive mounting screw, and two included stoppers can be mounted to the base to prevent your camera from twisting on the base. If your camera's hot shoe is vertically aligned with its mounting screw you can use the included hot shoe stabilizer to lock your camera to the cage using your cameras hot shoe, providing a second attachment point. The cage protects the camera body from the stress of attaching accessories directly to the camera. The included two-part handle attaches to the cage via rails, which can be positioned in many different configurations on the cage. The included cold-shoe adapter is likewise positionable in many different positions on the cage, providing you a wide range of flexibility in attaching accessories.

The cage attaches securely to your camera with a 1/4"-20 threaded screw to the base of the unit, which features a rubberized mounting surface.
The mounting screw rides in a channel, which provides you forward and back adjustment on the base. This allows you to adjust camera so that it presses against the removable stoppers and prevent the camera twisting on the base.
The included hot shoe stabilizer allows you to attach the cage to your camera, using your cameras hot shoe for additional stability. Your camera must have a hot shoe that vertically lines up with the threaded mounting screw on your camera's base.
The cage features multiple 1/4"-20 threaded mounting holes for attaching available accessories. Attaching accessories to to the cage instead of the camera body itself protects your camera body from stress caused by the weight of the accessories.
A 3/8"-16 threaded mounting hole is included on the base of the cage, so you can attach it to a camera plate, tripod head, or the included rod module plate.
The rod module plate allows the Universal XL to interface with available Aptaris accessories that allow you to mount 15m LWS rods, follow focus units, shoulder support rigs, and matte boxes.
General
Material of Construction Anodized aircraft aluminum
Mounting Holes 3/8"-16
1/4"-20
Dimensions Inside
Height
Min: 3.19" (81 mm)
Max: 5.27" (133 mm)

Width
4.1" (104 mm)

Depth
2.8" (72 mm)

Outside
Height
Min: 3.98" (101 mm)
Max: 6.10" (155 mm)

Width
No information from manufacturer

Depth
2.8" (72 mm)
Weight With handle: 13.1 Oz(370 g)
walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage
  • Minirail
  • Cold Shoe
  • Hot Shoe Stabilzer
  • Rod Module Plate
  • 7 x 1/4"-20 Screws
  • 2 x Stoppers
  • Handle
  • L-Shaped Connector
  • Allen Wrench
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    walimex ProAptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage
     
    4.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Professional quality (7)
    • Highly compatible (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Compact Cage

      I purchased the Aptaris Universal XL cage after watching Caleb's review of it on dslrvideoshooter.com. This is an extremely lightweight and well-made cage. I do not mind paying this price for great quality and...Read complete review

      I purchased the Aptaris Universal XL cage after watching Caleb's review of it on dslrvideoshooter.com. This is an extremely lightweight and well-made cage. I do not mind paying this price for great quality and German manufacturing.Please note that you will have to purchase the extension accessory if you plan on using this cage with a D800 + battery grip.Below are a few photos of my setup, the monitor is 7" and the shotgun mic is a Rode NTG-2 attached to a SM3 shock mount. The monitor is mounted to the cage using a Pico plate combo kit.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice, but not compatible

      This cage is really beautiful--lightweight, compact, solid. The key problem that made this a deal-breaker for me is that the tripod/accessory mounting points on the bottom of the rig are not...Read complete review

      This cage is really beautiful--lightweight, compact, solid. The key problem that made this a deal-breaker for me is that the tripod/accessory mounting points on the bottom of the rig are not in-line with the camera's mounting hole--they are on either side of it. That means that if you're using existing accessories that must be centered on the lens (for example, rail-mounted matte box), they won't line up properly with this cage. It only works with Walimex mounts, which are offset as appropriate. If Walimex made a bottom plate adapter that re-centers the mounting holes to align with the camera mount, this would be a 5-star product in my opinion.

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      3.0

      Great, but not very versatile

      By JR Puff n Stuff

      from Peoria, AZ

      About Me Film Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

      The cage is built really well but It doesn't work with any of my tripods or rigs. They are trying to force you to buy their own rig. Just buy with caution. If you want a cage that works with more rigs your better off spending more money on a different one.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By JH Sung

      from Korea

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

            I currently own a Canon 7D and plan on upgrade the camera, but have not decided which one will it be. That is the reason why I purchased this cage.

            Build quality is great. It is solid and once you screw down all the parts, nothing wiggles. The quick release it comes with fits perfactly onto my Manfrotto 502 head and 577 quick relase adapter.

            My only complaint is the lack of mounting point on top handle. I will probably get another top handle.
            Other than that, it is really great product and I am really satisfied.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Compact designed cage

            By choicegraphx

            from Punta Gorda FL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

              For the price the Aptaaris Universal XL cage by walimex is a solid piece of gear. I've connected it to my Nikon D800 using both the tripod mount and hot shoe making the most secure cage used to date. Negative note I had to remove my extra battery adapter becuase cage is too small. With all the extra drilled 1/4 20 threaded holes I have lots of extras attached...shotgun mike, HD monitor and handle. That's not all this cage is universal and many more parts can still be included!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Too good to be true

              By KiwiKirk

              from Auckland NZ

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                I purchased this product for my 5d mkIII after thoroughly researching the market. Came down to this product vs the Wooden Camera cage, however for the price, the Walimex just cannot be beaten.Very happy with the quality of this, the fit is exceptional and it is really very adjustable. Just one small complaint, that the handle is a bit too small and doesn't have enough extra mounting points. I have replaced that with a SmallRig leather handle. Much better size, and gives an overall better balance when loading the rig up with a mic, audio recorder, and monitor. Even with the cost of another handle this price combination is FANTASTIC value for money and highly recommended.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Cage for Nikon 750

                By KC

                from Kansas City

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                    Looking for a smaller cage, this seems to be working well so far.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Nice, but not compatible

                    By Phillyfilm

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Video Professional

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality
                    • Workmanship

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility
                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                      This cage is really beautiful--lightweight, compact, solid. The key problem that made this a deal-breaker for me is that the tripod/accessory mounting points on the bottom of the rig are not in-line with the camera's mounting hole--they are on either side of it. That means that if you're using existing accessories that must be centered on the lens (for example, rail-mounted matte box), they won't line up properly with this cage. It only works with Walimex mounts, which are offset as appropriate. If Walimex made a bottom plate adapter that re-centers the mounting holes to align with the camera mount, this would be a 5-star product in my opinion.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Walimex Pro XL DSLR cage

                      By Theo

                      from Johannesburg, South Africa

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                            This is a very well made, high quality, piece of gear for any "DSLR" type camera. Now you can carry your camera rig with ease.

                            Moreover, it's simple to mount and use, with no gimmicky design features. It's quite pricey but, in my estimation, worth it!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Compact Cage

                            By Andrew Bromfield

                            from Toronto, Ontario

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                              I purchased the Aptaris Universal XL cage after watching Caleb's review of it on dslrvideoshooter.com. This is an extremely lightweight and well-made cage. I do not mind paying this price for great quality and German manufacturing.Please note that you will have to purchase the extension accessory if you plan on using this cage with a D800 + battery grip.Below are a few photos of my setup, the monitor is 7" and the shotgun mic is a Rode NTG-2 attached to a SM3 shock mount. The monitor is mounted to the cage using a Pico plate combo kit.

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                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Awesome, solid cage

                              By Felix Rodriguez

                              from Anchorage

                              About Me Business Owner, Promotions Producer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • Pricey

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                                I bought this because I can use it with both my Panasonic GH4 and my Canon 5D Mark III. It's adjustable so it can fit lots of different camera models and brands.

                                It's very well made, it looks great, it's sturdy and solid, and it's functional.

                                The baseplate works with some manfrotto tripod heads which is a welcome bonus.

                                Even though it is pricey for what it is (a hunk of metal with no electronics or advanced components, hence only 4 stars) I am still very happy, highly recommended.

                                BH is awesome as always.

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Expensive but worth it.

                                By Bob

                                from Woodstock, Il.

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage:

                                    I purchased this because I needed a way to mount an electronic view finder on my 70D.This product is very well made and I will be able to use it for years to come. It is very adjustable and can be used on may camera models.It is also more compact and lighter than I had thought it would be.I only gave it 4 stars because I think it could be priced a little lower that being said the quality and workmanship is top notch.

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