Polish camera accessories manufacturer 8Sinn has released a cage for the Atomos Ninja V — the wildly popular on camera recorder/monitor. Let’s take a closer look at their design.
For most scenarios, the Atomos Ninja V can be used as-is and added to the camera-rig via the 1/4-inch threads it sports on top and on the bottom.
Add a small articulating arm or a little ball head with cold shoe adapter and you’re golden for many applications.
If the camera rig gets more complex, more mounting-points for the Ninja V might become a necessity and that’s where the 8Sinn Cage for the Atomos Ninja V comes in. The cage also offers some amount of additional protection against bumps and knocks on a busy set.
8Sinns Cage for the Atomos Ninja V is machined from a single piece of aluminum and fits snugly around the Atomos Ninja V, not adding too much bulk to the device.
Two 1/4-inch screws engage in the Ninja’s top- and bottom threads holding it securely in place. Next to the bottom screw are two locking pins that prevent the monitor from twisting inside the cages frame. I’m not quite sure where those locking pins will engage with the Ninja V’s housing, but it seems that it has two Phillips-screws at the bottom that need to be removed for that purpose.
All the ports and the on/off button are easily accessed with the Ninja mounted in the cage. The cage also does not obstruct any air vents. So basically the 8Sinn Cage can live on the device and does not normally need to be taken off.
Both the top- and bottom part of the cage are shaped to be compatible with Nato-Rail clamps, which have become quite ubiquitous in camera rigging systems.
The four corners all feature eyelets to attach a strap or cable ties —something that can be used for carrying or to tidy up cables on the camera rig.
The left side of the cage has a built-in HDMI cable clamp that protects the Ninja V’s HDMI ports from damage, or the cable becoming loose when it gets jerked.
Although a cage like the 8Sinn Cage for Atomos Ninja V does make a lot of sense ins some scenarios, keep in mind that they add some bulk and weight to the camera rig.
The set includes the 8Sinn Cage for Atomos Ninja and the 8Sinn HDMI cable clamp.
8Sinn also offer an optional sun hood that makes it easier to see the monitor in bright sunlight, which can be attached by small strips of velcro.
Let us know in the comments if you are using cages on your on-camera monitor if you deem cages for monitors useful or whether you are thinking about buying one.