June 20, 2017

Why Zacuto Calls its Latest a "No Cage" Cage for the GH5

Zacuto cage
The GH5 cage offers protection, accessibility, and support for accessories.

Zacuto's new cage for the Panasonic GH5 gives users the benefits of a cage without the limitations of a cage. That's specifically why the company has dubbed it a "no cage" cage. Lightweight and compact, the GH5 cage is made of anodized aluminum. It comes equipped with a removable wooden handgrip and a camera hand strap for stability and comfort while using the camera’s grip. The unique design allows access to the battery compartment, hotshoe adapter, as well as all of the buttons on the camera. 

Credit: Zacuto

The GH5 cage screws into the bottom of the camera with a provided ¼" 20 screw. The top includes numerous ¼" 20 for mounting accessories. It also has a built in Z-Rail for mounting an optional top handle or other accessories. The bottom of the cage has 2 ¼" 20 threads and a 3/6" 16 thread for a tripod plate and a built in dovetail to slide into a VCT Pro shoulder mount baseplate or VCT Pro dock so you can quickly move your camera from handheld, to shoulder mount, to tripod shooting. The dovetail connection point is also where you will connect the optional 15mm lightweight rod support for attaching matte boxes, follow focuses, motors, etc. It will also slide onto your VCT Pro and VCT Pro Dock. For those using the HDMI output, the cage includes an HDMI cable clamp to hold the full size HDMI cable steady to reduce strain. The cable clamp screws directly into the camera, so you can even use it without the cage.

Credit: Zacuto


Features:

  • Ultra Slim & Lightweight
  • Cage with side handle .9 lbs, Cage without side handle .6 lbs
  • Includes a Zacuto camera hand strap for stability and comfort while using the camera’s grip
  • Access to camera’s battery, hotshoe and full button control
  • Attaches to camera’s neck strap eyelets for  secure connection
  • Top Z-Rail for top handle or accessories
  • Can slide into the VCT Pro shoulder mount baseplate or Dock
  • HDMI cable clamp for strain relief
  • Removable Wooden side handle with built-in coldshoe
  • Optional non-rod based Micro 4/3rds to EF Metabones support
  • Optional Top handle with built-in cold shoe
  • HDMI pincher that screws directly into camera
  • Optional 15mm rod support base

The Zacuto GH5 Cage is priced at $495 and is shipping in 4-6 weeks. Pre-order now at Zacuto's website.

*To attach a Z-Finder with the GH5 Cage, you can use the 3.2" Adhesive Frame     

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10 Comments

Good on zacuto for taking something as basic as the camera cage and improving on it. But at Zacuto's price of $495 is it worth it compared to the $70 GH5 cages on amazon?

June 21, 2017 at 2:47AM, Edited June 21, 2:47AM

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Adam Prest
Camera, Edit and Workflow Technician
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Another overpriced item from Zacuto.

June 21, 2017 at 5:48AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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pls explain to me, why zacuto gear is so expesive?

June 21, 2017 at 9:10AM

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pioszub
producer
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I think it's because the brand? Way too expensive.

June 21, 2017 at 9:59AM

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Does anyone know what mount is being used to mount the Atomos to the cage?

June 21, 2017 at 10:32AM

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Simon
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Many times I would agree with some of the comments here... always thought of Zacuto being way over-priced on a lot of their products but, I doubt these are made in vast quantities and machining small quantities can be fairly expensive. Considering the fit and finish of this item, $495 is quite reasonable.

June 21, 2017 at 10:49AM, Edited June 21, 10:52AM

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Richard Krall
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My $75 cage was machined in small quantities and it's fit and finish is quite good and is just as functional.

June 23, 2017 at 5:40AM, Edited June 23, 5:40AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Zacuto has come a long way in refining their product design, and this is a great example of it. Their gear has always been functional, but early on it was over-engineered, bulky and had too many parts. The tolerances on their hardware are top notch, and can be counted on in critical shooting situations. Most of their products are manufactured in the USA, backed with excellent customer support and a lifetime warranty that translates to higher prices. I'll gladly pay more for items supporting thousands of dollars of cameras/lenses/monitors that I know isn't going to crap out in the middle of a shoot from a company creating native manufacturing and assembly jobs.

June 21, 2017 at 11:01AM, Edited June 21, 11:11AM

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Marc B
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I'm more interested in what appears to be a new tilt arm for mounting that Atomos. Looks like a friction mechanism in a compact and low profile package. Just about everything in the market right now is unnecessarily bulky, lacking true friction / one hand adjustment options and just poorly designed. SmallHD were smart to make a nice one for their 502 monitors which I use and love. But for something like a Shogun Inferno we need a more robust unit. This just might be the ticket.

I spoke to Zacuto this morning and supposedly they're going to offer this mount as a stand alone option... hopefully it would have a universal mounting plate so we can use it just about any kit other then this new cage.

June 21, 2017 at 12:41PM, Edited June 21, 12:43PM

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Part of the reason the GH5 is great is the price point, the same cannot be said about this Zacuto cage. Nice design though.

June 22, 2017 at 10:05AM

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John D. Smith
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