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Dot LineGearBox 2 Accessory Cage
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (6)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Highly compatible (8)
  • Improves performance (8)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Independent films (10)
  • Complex projects (7)
  • In the studio (6)
  • Home movies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (8), Business owner (6), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally

Finally there's a well built cage that's affordable and sturdy. I'm primarily a run and gunner and after switching form a camcorder to DLSR, I needed a rig that I could add all...Read complete review

Finally there's a well built cage that's affordable and sturdy. I'm primarily a run and gunner and after switching form a camcorder to DLSR, I needed a rig that I could add all my\h accessories to without breaking the bank or that looked cheesy. This rig is pretty solid, customization and is the foundation for my entire rig system now.

They don't specify this in the details, but it comes with 2 15 inch rods and the adapter. That means you can attach a follow focus, matte box or anything else your heart desires.. Plenty of screw up top as well. One of my best all-time purchases.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I wanted to love this.

I used this with the Canon 5D mark iii. This cage needed more useable holes for accessories. Some of the holes you think you can use are not working screw holes. Loved the...Read complete review

I used this with the Canon 5D mark iii. This cage needed more useable holes for accessories. Some of the holes you think you can use are not working screw holes. Loved the handles and was lightweight enough, but I want more confirgurations available to me.

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5.0

Perfect for Sony a7s II Camera

By VideoDave

from Warrington PA

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

    Got it for my sony a7s II to be used on a slider rig, works great, I also have a Atomos Showgun monitor mounted on top.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Stable and great value

    By Konadog

    from New York, NY

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

      Very stable and very good value for the price, compared to the competition

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      4.0

      Why I bought this

      By n2n art

      from Austin, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

          I bought this cage as an aspiring videographer, mainly because I needed some better way of stabilizing my shots than just hand-holding the DSLR, and I was looking towards the future when i might buy add ons.

          I must say that this does little to help stabilize your shots, save for slightly spreading out your hands, though it is still better than hand-held DSLR. Depending on the shot, this can more or less be resolved in your editing software.

          It has lots of options for add-ons, but you can tell that from the picture.

          The build is sturdy, and feels REALLY great, and compared to a lot of other options on the market, this one has a nice pricetag.

          overall, 3.8/5. Pleased with my purchase.

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          5.0

          Not only for cameras!

          By beemore

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

            I got this cage as the foundation for a wireless monitor I could give to a client or director I was shooting for. There are ample 1/4 20s on this rig as well as unthreaded holes that allow you to pass a 1/4 20 through them in order to screw it into an accessory on the other side. The rig has comfortable handles and good symmetry and balance. This was the cheapest and most versatile director monitor solution I have found.

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            • No

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            3.0

            I wanted to love this.

            By Doc Girl

            from NY, NY

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

              I used this with the Canon 5D mark iii. This cage needed more useable holes for accessories. Some of the holes you think you can use are not working screw holes. Loved the handles and was lightweight enough, but I want more confirgurations available to me.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Saved my a7s and canon 24-70 f2.8

              By Pictogram

              from Nicaragua, Central America

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                  For the price there really isn´t anything out there that can compete with this cage.

                  My experience with it:

                  I was about to film an interview, my camera was on a tripod but one of the legs was not fully secured (obviously I did not know that), I went to take some air and just heard a huge impact, went to look and there it was, my a7s with canon 24-70 f2.8 on the floor (worst filming experience ever), cam was still on and no damage to the cam or lens (lens filter took a little bump but just a small scratch on it)

                  I have my camera secured on the cage from top (via the camera hotshoe to 1/8 screw) and bottom (via the included 1/8 screw), thanks to that my cam and lens didnt get any damage at all. I can easely say best investment I have ever done.

                  PROS:
                  Of course the price, the thing is well made and lots of 1/8 holes for accesories. Feels very good to the hands, is very comfy (until you add some heavy weight). It is also highly adaptable to almost any camera out there

                  CONS:
                  Of course is not perfect but what is. When you add some weight (8-10 pounds) plastic grip handle rotates a little when moving the camera around (one-handed) no matter how tight the screws are.

                  Conclusion:
                  I would recomend this to anyone that wants to protect their gear with a comfortable multi-porpuse cage and save some money on the way.

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                  (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Is there a top handle for this

                  By Jesse

                  from NYC

                  Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                  Wondering if a Top handle is available for this to shot low? If so, where do I get it? Thanks

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                  5.0

                  Exactly as Advertised

                  By DanB

                  from St. Louis, Mo.

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                    This cage makes shooting on and off a tripod easier and better. It has plenty of holes and places to mount accessories and seems to be well constructed and strudy.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Product...but

                    By egghead

                    from Diamond Harbour, New Zealand

                    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                      This is a solid sturdy piece of good equipment. However I don;t need the spacers/risers so have taken off unit. The issue here is that the screw that goes into the riser is too long for going directly into the handle. So this company needs to send out two sets of different length screw to sort. Will be requesting this now.

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                      5.0

                      Sturdy piece of equipment

                      By Aquadai

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                        This is a good base to start with. You can add all types of accessories and make professional looking videos.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Exactly what I was looking for!

                        By Bald Eagle Ray

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                          This accessory cage from Dot Line is solid, well laid out, and provides the platform I needed for all my gear. Excellent product!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Works as intended

                          By Ted

                          from New Lebanon, NY

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                          • Slight Learning Curve

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • Interviews
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                          I use this to attach and organize an audio device and external video display to my DSLR. It is very functional for its intended purpose. It took me a while to figure out how best to attach and organize everything.

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Something you need to know about...

                          By teluproductions

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • None That I Noticed

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                          This is the second review about the Dot Line Gear Cage. I am writing about it because I love this device as much as I love video taping the events I get to tape. Audio, Lights, Camera...if you want to get another call from the client you better have it all. Today there is so much equipment in the inventory, and needless to say, we want it all; but, where do I put it, some of it is too heave for the hot shoe devices out there, oh well I guest I'lll have to do without it, can't afford a cage that the professionals use...Well, Dot Line did it!! See the attached picture I took on 11.11.2014---Also, I'm writing this because I help others from my own experiences, that you become better videographers and photographers!!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A Highly Recommended Piece of Equipment!

                          By teluproductions

                          from Boston

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                          I purchased my Dot-Line Accessory Cage after almost tearing off the hot shot on my video camera with additional equipment. First it tipped the camera forward with too much weight, then the 'Y' adapter changed the center of gravity with the additional light and audio transmitter. Reading several video magazines I then noticed this device called a 'cage'. However, after pricing cages across the board they were too much for my pocket. Then I came to the Dot-Line accessory cage, in expensive, well made and just want I needed. There was one point and I over came that with the purchase of two Impact Short Adapter Spigots, I did not like the frame resting on the camera and wanted more room for the movement of my figures.Dot-Line has produced a piece of equipment that I am very seriously considering the purchase of two of them for the price. This cage works with either the DSLR or a video camera; I've added more hot shoes and everyone who passes my camera stops and ask questions or adds comments about my professional equipment...

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Finally a simple well made cage

                          By TW

                          from Ohio

                          Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                          Works great. Simple, well made and at a Bathon price.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Finally

                          By X-Man

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Dot Line GearBox 2 Accessory Cage:

                            Finally there's a well built cage that's affordable and sturdy. I'm primarily a run and gunner and after switching form a camcorder to DLSR, I needed a rig that I could add all my\h accessories to without breaking the bank or that looked cheesy. This rig is pretty solid, customization and is the foundation for my entire rig system now.

                            They don't specify this in the details, but it comes with 2 15 inch rods and the adapter. That means you can attach a follow focus, matte box or anything else your heart desires.. Plenty of screw up top as well. One of my best all-time purchases.

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