The Sony a7S Kit from SHAPE is a 15mm rod camera support system for the Sony a7S, complete with a matte box and follow focus. The kit features SHAPE's a7S cage, which provides 1/4"-20 accessory threads and leaves access open to all camera controls and ports, including the Multi Interface Shoe to accommodate Sony's optional XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M audio packs. Two cold shoe mounts on top of the cage accept additionally accessories, such as an included top handle. The kit also features SHAPE's a7S Baseplate, which includes a pair of 10" long 15mm LWS rods and provides a quick-release V-lock mounting interface. A delta adapter plate is installed underneath the cage for interfacing with the baseplate. The rods support the included follow focus and matte box. The matte box features a swing-away system for easy lens changes and two 4 x 4" rotating filter stages. Top and side flags are included, as well as four matte box rings to accommodate various lens diameters.
Please see the links below for information on the components of this bundle.
SHAPE Sony a7S Cage
The SHAPE a7S Cage provides two cold shoe mounts on top and leaves the camera's hot shoe mount accessible, offering convenient support for the Sony XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M audio packs. One cold shoe mount is offset to the side and is removable to provide access to the controls on that side of the camera. The other cold shoe mount overhangs in front of the camera and can be useful for both top handles and mics. The right side of the cage can be unscrewed and totally removed to allow you to hold the camera by the handle. A cutout on the bottom provides battery door access.
The cage secures to the bottom of the camera using an included 1/4"-20 screw with a small retainer ring. There are three mounting threads on the bottom, the middle one for the camera and the other two for tripod plates. The cage is designed specifically for the Sony a7S. It's lightweight and solid and offers added protection and 1/4"-20 mounting threads on all sides.
- Designed to accommodate Sony's XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M audio packs
- Two cold shoe mounts on top, one removable to provide access to controls
- Leaves the camera's hot shoe mount accessible
- Right side of the cage is removable to allow you to hold the camera handle
- Secures to the bottom of the camera with a 1/4"-20 screw
- Mounting threads for tripod plates
- 1/4"-20 mounting threads on all sides
- Provides battery door access
SHAPE Sony a7S Baseplate
The Sony a7S Baseplate from SHAPE is designed to be used in conjunction with SHAPE's a7S Cage. It features two 15mm rod ports and a quick-release V-lock mounting interface. To make your a7S Cage compatible with the quick-release interface, a V-lock delta plate adapter comes included that installs underneath the cage. With the cage mounted, the baseplate's design places the optical center of camera between the two rods and the lens at a height suitable for use with a matte box. A pair of 10" long 15mm rods are included.
- 15mm rod baseplate for SHAPE's Sony a7S Cage
- Quick-release V-lock mounting interface
- V-lock delta adapter for a7S Cage included
- Baseplate respects optical center
- CNC-machined aluminum construction
- 10" aluminum 15mm rods
SHAPE Black Liquorice Candy DSLR Handle
The Black Liquorice Candy DSLR Handle from SHAPE is a compact, ergonomic top-handle that can be attached to any camera with a standard shoe mount. It attaches facing forward or backward and also offers 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded accessory mounting threads.
SHAPE Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker
The Shape Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker is designed to attach onto standard 15mm rods of shoulder support rigs and other rigs. It attaches onto them via a clamp system, with simplicity. You would sit the Clic atop the rods, and then slide and close a Shape-patented lever clamp underneath the rods, and the lever locks and holds the Clic securely on the rods.
The Clic's focus mechanism also works with a clamp system, which when unlocked loosens the focus mechanism and allows it to be moved horizontally. It moves so to adjust itself closer to the lens. As it moves, its main feature -- the focus disk -- moves with it, and the focus disk is what reaches the lens. The focus disk can either be a friction wheel, as you see in the photo above, or a gear wheel. Both are present in this package, and replacing one with the other is accomplished with the help of the included Allen wrench. The friction wheel has a rubber outer surface that would press up against the lens, keep firm contact with it, and ensure accurate and slip-free focusing. The friction wheel would serve well for most lenses and is made of high-quality rubber that in cold temperatures won't get too cold to lose its grip. The gear wheel would accommodate those lenses that specifically have teeth on their focusing rings, and it would do so without any ring gears, by pressing its .8 pitch gears into the teeth.
The focus mechanism can be used on either the left or the right side of the lens, depending on the direction you place the Clic onto the rods in. And the focus disk itself can be used either in front of the focus mechanism, as you see in the photo above, or behind it, so to accommodate a wider variety of lens lengths. To move the disk to the rear, you would first just unscrew two screws from a cube-shaped gearbox that you can't see in the photo above because it sits behind the focus disk. Once the screws are off, the focus disk can just be flipped over for use with longer lens constructions.
In the photo above, the white mark disk that you see to the right of the red knob is made of highly resistant Delrin thermoplastic. It can be written on with non-permanent markers to mark up focus measurements for various predetermined shots, and it is interchangeable and thereby many predetermined measurements can be kept ready at your side. Additionally, a slide-adjustable marker made of aluminum is included to be attached beside the mark disk and to be moved and tightened into positions along the disk.
The Clic is CNC machined and made of lightweight anodized aluminum for strength and durability.
SHAPE 2-Stage 4 x 4" Matte Box
The SHAPE 2-Stage 4 x 4" Matte Box accepts lenses with up to a 100mm front outside diameter. It mounts to 15mm LWS rods and utilizes a swing-away design, which lets you perform quick lens changes without having to remove the matte box from your rods. You can adjust the height of the matte box in relation to the rods, which comes in handy when your lens center to rod center height is slightly off from the standard.
Two rotating filter stages support the use of 4x4" filters. The matte box comes with a top flag (eyebrow), side flags, six matte box donuts in 65, 77, 85, 88, 100, and 105mm sizes, and elastic donut.