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Sony Documentary Dock for PMW-F5 / PMW-F55 Camcorder

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Sony CBK-55BK Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Two Adjustable Blocks for Good Weight Balance
  • 3RAW Recording Functionality
  • 4Battery Adaptor
  • 5Easy to Attach/Detach Mechanism
  • 6Support of Wireless Audio Receiver
  • 7Lens Support
  • 8Supplied Top Handle

The Documentary Dock from Sony is an EFP/ENG-style build-up kit which enables you to expand your PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 camcorder into an EFP/ENG camcorder. This system is designed for a single operator and provides conventional EFP/ENG operation similar to that of Sony XDCAM series camcorders. The documentary dock has an ergonomic design and features an adjustable shoulder pad and front block control.

Two Adjustable Blocks for Good Weight Balance

Shoulder pad has 33mm adjustable range. Front block with all control buttons has 37mm adjustable range.

RAW Recording Functionality

The build-up kit also supports the AXS-R5 for 2K/4K 16bit RAW recording up to 240fps in 2K.

Battery Adaptor

Battery adaptor includes DC input, Hirose 1.8A DC output, and D-TAap 4.17A (50W) DC output.
D-tap DC output not available when using AXS-R5

Easy to Attach/Detach Mechanism

The build-up kit features an easy to attach/detach mechanism that allows you to use the PMW-F55/F5 as a full shoulder camera or in the original style, giving you more flexibility in your style of shooting.

Support of Wireless Audio Receiver

The build-up kit includes an audio section and input/output section at the rear side, offering support for wireless audio, with a familiar design common to main broadcast camcorders.

Lens Support

Using standard PL lenses or common B4 2/3-inch broadcast lenses with the LA-FZB1 or LA-FZB2 will suit a wide variety of applications.
When using the LA-FZB2, the original handle supplied with the camera needs to be used.

Supplied Top Handle

The top handle comes with a microphone holder and viewfinder cable protection. It also provides cover for the fan input on the top of the body to protect against rain or dust. The handle is also able to attach the CBK-WA100 Wireless Adaptor (not included) without needing a USB connection.

Sony CBK-55BK Specs

CompatibilityCineAlta Camera Models:
Audio Input LevelAnalog: +4, 0, -3 dBu (-40 dBu with optional wireless receiver)
Digital: AES3 standard (-40 dBFS with optional wireless receiver)
Microphone Input Level-70 to -30 dBu
Connectors1 x 144-pin Sony, expansion interface
1 x Mini jack, Stereo headphone
1 x 4-pin XLR, DC input
1 x 4-pin Hirose, DC output
1 x 2-pin D-Tap, DC output
1 x 15-pin Sub-D, wireless audio receiver
1 x 5-pin XLR, microphone input
1 x 5-pin XLR, balanced audio output
2 x 3-pin XLR, audio input
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Operating Humidity20 to 90%
Power Requirement12 VDC (11 to 17 VDC)
Maximum Current Capacity: 1.8 A, with included battery adapter attached
Power ConsumptionApprox. 3 W (while XAVC recording, color LCD on)
DimensionsApprox. 6.75 x 7.25 x 13.88" (170 x 182 x 351 mm)
WeightApprox. 4.9 lb (2.2 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.9 x 10.6 x 9.6"

Sony CBK-55BK Reviews

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will a rain cover for an ENG camera work on this?
Asked by: Pablo S.
There is no cover specified for this set up. What we would suggest is after getting the camera and dock, that you measure it and select a cover that closely matches. Currently we do have two covers that will fit the F55 in a conventional set up. It might work with the dock as well. Please see here.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


At the back of the dock on the side there are 4 screw this for a mounting plate ?if so do you stock that itemthanks
Asked by: wayne l.
Yes, the holes are for mounting a battery plate. it is our understanding the F5/F55 camera battery plate must have a XLR plug as well. Wooden Camera V-Mount Plate with XLR Connector B&H # WOWC179200
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is the handle with mic holder part of this dock able to be purchased as a separate item ?
Asked by: wayne l.
That would be considered a Sony replacement part. As such, in order to procure it, please contact Sony directly.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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