March 23, 2017

Cool Off Your Camera with New Ikan Cages

Ikan has added seriously sexy ES-T27/ES-T27A mounts to the popular Tilta series.

Ikan has just released the ES-T27 and ES-T27A camera cages, custom-designed for the Sony A6000/6300/6500 series.

Most importantly, the cages address the overheating issues that plague the A6 series by adding an active cooling system to the mount. Both cages have the same high-quality design and construction that has made the predecessor ES-17 a bestseller, including the optional rosewood trigger handle.

Credit: Ikan

Built-in heat sink and physical switch for cooling fan

The cooling system has two components: an active electric fan (12V DC power) and multiple heat sinks built into the baseplate of the cage. The active cooling system can be turned on/off with a physical switch built into the cage.

The combination of active and passive cooling is an elegant solution, allowing the user to only use the fans when necessary, or to get maximum heat dissipation under extreme conditions by using both active and passive cooling.

Credit: Ikan
Lightweight, custom design

Like its predecessor, these cages are built from one lightweight piece of CNC-machined aluminum alloy that fully encloses the camera. This is one beautiful piece of metal that will add minimal weight to your rig.

These cages are designed specifically for the A6 series: all camera function buttons, jacks, and battery compartment are accessible while in the cage. Another huge plus is that the rig is compatible with both of Sony's camera-mounted XLR audio adapters. IKAN paid attention to the small details in the design, including things like a crucial HDMI plug protector.

The ES-T27 Series include a 15mm support quick-release baseplate with integrated lens adapter and an integrated 15 mm rail system. The lens support is compatible with the EF to E-Mount and PL to E-Mount Metabones adapters. The cages are also compatible with other Tilta accessories, including handles and grips, shoulder mounts, rods, and matte boxes.

The ES-T27A model adds the Arri standard Brazilian rosewood on/off starter handle option. Combined with the elegant design and high-quality construction of the cage, this is one very sexy (and functional) package.

Both are currently available to pre-order. The ES-T27 retails for $419 and the ES-T27 for $579.

Tech Specs

Camera Rig

  • ES-T27 a6000/a6300/a6500 
  • Weight: 2.25 lb
  • Weight (Metric): 1.02 kg
  • Material: Aluminum

Lens Support Baseplate

  • Weight: .18 lb
  • Weight (Metric): .08 kg
  • Baseplate Type: 15 mm LWS
  • Dovetail Compatibility: TT-C16
  • Rod Compatibility: 15mm
  • Rod Spacing: 60 mm
  • Tripod Mounting: 3 x 1/4"-20
  • Material: Aluminum

Your Comment

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Incredibly rad and completely ridiculous at the same time.

March 23, 2017 at 6:00PM

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Exactly my definition of sexy.

March 23, 2017 at 6:16PM

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Craig Mieritz
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Awesome. Pulling something seemingly crazy to solve a problem in a big market that no other companies are really touching. This is probably the first thing I'm personally buying during pre-orders, before any reviews. It's too crazy to not work! Right?

March 23, 2017 at 11:28PM

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Craig Douglas
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I hear you. Given how nice the ES-17 is and the topnotch design work, I still think that this is probably a good bet. It is a bit odd that no one has actually seemed to use this out in the wild. Obviously, the biggest concern is fan noise. Well, and it not actually cooling the camera. If it's a failure, at least it'll be a DeLorean failure, all shiny and beautiful. And you can cry yourself to sleep clutching the rosewood handle, giving it a patina that money cannot buy.

March 23, 2017 at 11:38PM, Edited March 23, 11:40PM

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Craig Mieritz
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Now that's why we read the comments, nicely written

March 24, 2017 at 5:53AM

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Andy
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Thanks, Andy. It's humor earned from hard experience.

March 24, 2017 at 12:32PM

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Craig Mieritz
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Beautifully said. Just beautiful.

March 24, 2017 at 2:54PM

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Craig Douglas
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I bought one of these directly from Tilta in China, and it seems pretty well-made. Haven't had a chance to see how effective the heat sink and fan work, but fit and finish of the product is good.

One problem, though, is that the XLR-K1M does NOT work for this setup unless you take the handle off. The cable from the shoe connection comes out the front and the handle is in the way.

March 24, 2017 at 9:29AM

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Bruce Hyer
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Bruce, have you contacted Tilta or IKAN in the US (or whatever your home country is)? It's still not available directly from the manufacturer, which makes me worry that you may have gotten high-quality knock-off. Is that possible? IKAN swears that it is compatible, in writing, with no asterisks. Please let me know how they respond. Also, please try the fan out and let us know how noisy it is, when you have time. At this pricepoint, the product should be flawless.

March 24, 2017 at 12:31PM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek

Bruce, I reached out to marketing at IKAN. I'll let you know what I hear. I missed the part where you said that you purchased it directly from Tilta. If the handle needs to come off, I will revise the article. Thanks for your input.

March 24, 2017 at 6:08PM

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Craig Mieritz
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Bruce, we have received a response from Ikan. Look for an update to the article. Basically, there was some sort of design conflict and Tilta has redesigned a key part so it will be 100% compatible with the K1M. You should reach out to Tilta directly, and they will ship it to you. Glad we could get that resolved.

March 27, 2017 at 5:18PM

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Craig Mieritz
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I can't fault Tilta for building this and charging roughly $500. It looks like they did a good job.

But spending $500 on this cage for my a6300-- instead of selling my a6300 and using that $500 to get the a6500-- would be hard to swallow. (This conflict really highlights what bad move Sony made with the a6300.)

As incredible as the image quality is out of the a6300/6500, I would be nervous to use it as an A cam for any type of event or live coverage (or long shoots like a wedding). It's the perfect gimbal camera, and a brilliant photo camera, but the over heating issue (only sort of solved on the a6500) would make me weary of using it to shoot a serious interview, for example.

March 24, 2017 at 6:47PM

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If I owned a Sony this would be great, Gh4 has never had any heat issues!

March 25, 2017 at 12:53AM

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Douglas Patrick
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