Friday, December 1, 2017

Thank you Sony ;-)

As readers of my blog will be aware, I have ‘retired’ my IR converted 50D, sold my Sony A6000 and have settled on three-cameras. My trusty 5D3, an EOSM and an IR-converted EOSM.

The EOSMs, running Magic Lantern, my Toggler script and my Focus Bar script, are killer travel cameras: they are small and light. The 11-22mm EOSM lens suits my preference for WA shots.

Although I have augmented the EOSMs with hand and thumbs grips (see here), there is no doubt the small footprint of the EOSMs can, at times, be challenging.

So I’ve been looking for an alternative EOSM arrangement and decided to use some ‘DSLR video’ gear: in particular a cage, which has multiple female screw threads for attaching ‘stuff’. Looking around it was clear that there was not a dedicated cage for an EOSM, but there was something close: one for a Sony A6300: A6300 Cage

The standard A6300 cage, however, can’t be used as it interferes with the battery door and the lens release button, and, if you are really picky, the EOSM rubber grip.

Luckily, converting the A6300 cage for EOSM use is relatively simple, eg hacksaw and file. Plus if you know someone skilled with their hands, thank you John, you can make a really good looking conversion. These two images show the before and after conversion:

Once the cage is adapted to the EOSM, the world opens up for you. So I decided to add a handle on the left and I purchased (under 100 GBP) a HDMI monitor, great for those low angle shots. The monitor is from Viltrox: a model DC-50.

Here are a few shots of my complete set up.

Bottom line: for those, like me, that rely on and love Magic Lantern, the EOSM is a great travel camera. Add a converted cage, and an HDMI monitor, and you have a killer set-up for photography and videography, which, thanks to ML, can be RAW!


  1. Let me ask: HOW would the cage with the handgrip work for a person with a nervous hand? I need a tripod for that reason. Would a grip with cage help?

    1. Very difficult for me to answer. Personally I find the cage with the left hand firmly on the handle and the right free to use the camera and use the hot shoe thumb grip, provides a steady set up. But I fear only you can tell if it will work for you.

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