16x9 Inc. has unveiled its Movcam Cage system and accessory packages for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras. The system follows Movcam’s philosophy of providing ergonomic functionality in a sturdy design that provides a generous number of 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 accessory mounting points. The design and construction of the cage allow camera operators to add accessories along the body of the cage, without worrying about stressing the camera body, which sits safely within the cage. With mounting points dotting the entire frame of the cage, you needn't be concerned about running out of space for mounting accessories.
The cage features a custom top plate and side brackets specifically designed for the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras. The cage system comes with the standard LSW Base Plate, which provides rosettes for handgrips and locking 15mm lightweight lens-support rods, a Dovetail Plate for balancing the camera on a tripod, the Shoulder Pad unit, left and right Side Brackets, Top Plate, Top Handle Kit and an EVF Mount for the camera's viewfinder. The EVF mount may be attached to the front or rear vertical support of the Top Handle, depending on operator preference. The Top Handle mounts via a Weaver rail-mount system, which secures the handle and allows incremental balance adjustment. The top handle itself features front and rear extensions for a total length of 15”. The cage is made from high-grade aluminum, finished in black, and it works with all existing Movcam accessories such as handgrips, matte boxes and follow focus units.
Movcam has compiled additional accessory-package options for you to choose from, all geared for the F5/F55 user. The Shoulder Kit 1 provides the basics: LWS support base, shoulder-pad unit and two adjustable handgrips. The Shoulder Kit 2 builds upon the Shoulder Kit 1, adding the Top Handle Kit, Top Plate, L and R Side Brackets for the F5/F55. For more advanced image control, a mattebox becomes an important part of any package, and here Movcam does not disappoint. Mattebox Kit 1 features Movcam’s MM1 Carbon Fiber Mattebox with Eyebrow, side wings, 1 fixed and 1 rotating 4 x 5.65 filter holders and a mini 15mm swing-away bracket. The mattebox features a 144mm rear diameter, with a 144mm universal stretch donut. The kit includes the LWS support base and two 15mm rods. Building on this kit is the Mattebox Kit 2, which adds Movcam’s Mini Follow Focus for increased accuracy and smoother focus pulls. Rounding out the accessories are the Clamp-on Mattebox Kit 1 and Clamp-on Mattebox Kit 2, which duplicate the previous Mattebox kits, substituting Movcam’s MM102 Clamp-on Mattebox (with 15mm rod clamp) for the MM1 mattebox, for extra shooting flexibility. With its new cage and accessory packages, Movcam has accessory packages for all levels of F5/F55 shooters.
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