Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera

Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera

Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera

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Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Fits a7, a7R, a7S, a7 II, a7S II, a7R II
  • Form-Fitted Armor Cage
  • Arri Rosette for Optional Handgrip
  • Unobstructed SD Card and Battery Access
  • Orientable Top Handle
  • Micro-HDMI to HDMI Adapter Cable & Mount
  • Quick Release from Rod Support
  • 2 x 12" Long 15mm Rods
  • EF and PL Mount Adapter Supports
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Tilta ES-T17 overview

  • 1Description

Protecting your Sony a7-series camera and improving its hand held ergonomics for shooting are just two of the many features of the Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig. The precision-machined, form-fitting cage is made from aluminum alloy, providing a balance between durability and strength, and has with numerous threaded 1/4"-20 accessory mounting points.

Once the camera is mounted in the cage, the included HDMI plug protector connects the included micro-HDMI to HDMI cable to the camera's micro-HDMI port and is clamped in place, providing a full-sized HDMI connector. This makes it easier to connect HDMI cables and means you don't have to worry about wearing out or damaging the micro-HDMI port by repeatedly plugging and unplugging a micro-HDMI cable into your camera body. The HDMI plug protector clamps the micro-HDMI adapter cable in place and also attaches to the cage itself, acting as a strain relief and providing a platform for the full-sized HDMI connector to attach, so it doesn't just dangle freely.

The cage features an Arri rosette for an optional handgrip as well as a removable top handle that features 1/4"-20 accessory mounting points and a cold shoe. The cage also includes a 15mm LWS support rod system, featuring rod clamps, a pair of 12" threaded rods, and three 1/4"-20 threaded helical coil inserts for attaching the rod support system to a separately available QR/Sliding baseplate, tripod, or other 1/4"-20 mounting equipment.

The cage attaches to the included 15mm LWS support rods via a quick release system that allows you to easily remove the cage from the rods, for a minimum-sized shooting package, or quickly remount the camera to the rods when working with rod-mounted accessories. The design of the system ensures that the lens' center height to the rods conforms to industry standards for using rod-mounted accessories. The included EF and PL supports work with available Metabones EF and PL mount adapters (must be purchased separately).

The cage includes two removable mounting rails, one for the a7, a7S, and a7R, and the second for the a7 II, a7S II, and a7R II.
This form-fitting cage features 89 1/4"-20 threaded mounting holes, useful for attaching accessories like the included single 15mm rod clamp.
The top handle features an accessory cold shoe mount, and it can be oriented either facing forward, rear, or to either side. It mounts via a top rail and can be slid on and off from either side. Integrated into the top handle are nine 3/8"-16 and twelve 1/4"-20 threaded accessory mounting holes.
The 15mm LWS support rod system features three 1/4"-20 helical coil inserts for tripod mounting and an integrated Tilta-compatible dovetail (dovetail plate not included).
Included lens mount adapter supports are compatible with Metabones EF and PL-to-E-mount adapters.
Locking levers are of the standard Tilta spring-loaded design.
UPC: 847983015078
In the Box
Tilta ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera
  • Top Handle
  • a7/a7S/a7R Quick Release Rail
  • a7 II/a7S II/a7R II Quick Release Rail
  • Accessory Rail
  • Micro-HDMI Male to Full-Size HDMI Female Cable
  • Micro-HDMI Plug Protector
  • Full-Sized HDMI Plug Protector
  • Multi-Terminal USB Control Cable
  • Single 15mm Rod Clamp
  • Support Bar for EF Lens Mount
  • Support Bar for PL Lens Mount
  • Thumbscrew
  • Lens Support Baseplate
  • 2 x 12" 15mm Threaded Support Rods
  • 3mm Allen Wrench
  • 4mm Allen Wrench
  • 3/16" Allen Wrench
  • 3/16" Socket Cap Head Screw
  • 3 x 3mm Socket Cap Screws
  • 4 x 4mm Philips Head Screws (Flat Head)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tilta ES-T17 specs

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    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Threaded Holes 1/4"-20: 89
    3/8"-16: 4
    Weight 9.3 oz / 264 g
    Top Handle
    Mounting NATO-type Mounting Rail

    Accessory Mounting
    Shoe Mounts: 1
    1/4"-20 Threaded Holes: 2
    3/8"-16 Threaded Holes: 1
    Weight 6.7 oz / 190 g
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    Rail Type 1 x a7/a7S/a7R
    1 x a7 II/a7S II/a7R II
    Rod Clamp
    Type 1 x 15 mm LWS rod clamps
    1 x 15 mm single rod clamp
    Rods
    Type Diameter: 15 mm
    Length: 12" / 304.8 mm
    Weight: 3 oz / 84 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.2 x 8.3 x 5.9"

    Tilta ES-T17 reviews

    ES-T17 Handheld Camera Cage Rig for Sony a7 & a7 II Series Camera is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly the option for the A7s II I did a lot of research before purchasing my A7S II package, and this seemed to be the best fit. So far I am extremely pleased with it. It protects the camera well, it's light, it 95% unobtrusive, which is great for a cage, because, and I think a lot of folks forget this, a cage by definition is kind of intrusive. There was obviously a lot of thought that went into this. So far I've had clear access to my battery, essential buttons and ports, and I've been switching between my 6 prime lenses without a hitch. This cage has a nice polished feel, the accessories are nice, but not too much, and the price is right. Very pleased.
    Date published: 2016-05-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony a7s ii Four stars for now. Using the cage as a base for future rigs. Its built solid, the easy release top handle and base are really nice. None of the twist knobs interfere with each other. A7s2 fits snugly - I'll probably leave it in the cage most of the time. Access to all ports and battery docks etc... is good. Just be sure to keep an eye on the neck strap attachment points on the camera if you're leaving the strap on. When the rings are flipped down you wont be able to open the hdmi cover. Bonus - The extra weight of the thing along with the a7s stabilization feels really good.
    Date published: 2016-03-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does NOT work with Arri dovetail plate. The construction if the cage is good quality and will protect your camera. BUT the single best selling point for me turned out to be a lie. The baseplate looks like it would fit on an Arri standard dovetail plate, but it only fits on a Tilta standard dovetail plate. Why make your own standard that is not too far off of the original? And. if you just use the 1/4 20 screws on the bottom to attach to a camera plate, the dovetail plate lock rattles constantly with any movement.
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice cage to have with a few versatility. Bought this Tilta Cage for my Sony A7s. Fits very well. Design is compact and sturdy, which does not add too much more to the compact body of the A7s. The HDMI cable lock is a plus. But, it is also a draw-back (for me at least). With the cable lock put in place, it totally blocks out the USB port for the remote. Other than that, it is a pretty much great cage to have. Will be even better if the wooden handle with start/stop control could be available as an add-on option (currently sold together as another variant, ES-T17-A).
    Date published: 2016-03-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The best part is not in the package :-( After a great review on the cinema5d website I ordered the cage - it's a really pretty cool, well made cage - no question! BUT: They say you can use it with the SONY xlr-k2m - but there is no chance to use the xlr-k2m with the handle - because: there is a part missing in the box (Tilta Part TT-E04) - the funny thing is: The guys that make the review have this part in the box. Have no idea where I should no get this part from :-( ...without the handle the cage is only the half part of fun.
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a7R II Camera Mounted my a7R II in this cage, works great ! Excellent build quality, everything is in the right place, camera is rock solid, battery comes out fine, card comes out fine, cables are good. Going to add a follow-focus and matte-box soon.
    Date published: 2016-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Choice Right now This cage does what it is suppose to do.Title is is always top quality, even though my top handle did not rotate as it is suppose to do, but other then that it is a nice cage. I like the hdmi port lock and re-locator, although the cable is a bit long. Camera is easy to get in and out and all ports are accessible.
    Date published: 2016-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A7R II - Works great. Using this with my A7R II, works great. Solid build, locks the camera in tightly, looks great, no issues.
    Date published: 2016-11-21
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