The ALPA XO exoskeleton is a cage designed for the newly announced FUJIFILM GFX 100 medium format camera. This cage will have a 15mm rods support, a top handle and a PL-mount adapter. ALPA is planning to introduce more accessories for the GFX 100 in the future, under the ALPA XO brand.
ALPA is a Swiss camera manufacturer with a long history. The company has been recently specializing in premium accessories for medium format cameras. You might have seen their products on cinema5D in form of the custom housing for the Hasselblad H6D-100c medium format digital back.
As you probably already know, FUJIFILM have recently announced their new flagship medium format camera – the GFX 100 (our hands-on article is available here). ALPA reacted quickly and launched the ALPA XO, which is planned to be a line of accessories for that camera.
ALPA XO – GFX 100 Exoskeleton
According to ALPA, the ALPA XO will be a line of accessories, all dedicated to the FUJIFILM GFX 100. The company did not yet disclose all of their planned accessories, but it seems like the first one is going to be a cage for the GFX 100 – or as ALPA calls it: “exoskeleton”.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information about the cage yet, apart from a few images. It looks like the ALPA XO cage will have a support for 15mm rods on the bottom and a top handle. A lot of 1/4-inch and a few 3/8-inch threads are a sure thing. The cage leaves the GFX 100 grip on the right side uncovered. As the camera itself is already quite bulky, I think it is a good decision to leave the grip uncovered for better handling, also with smaller hands.
What caught my interest as well is the mount. It seems like ALPA will offer a custom PL mount lens adapter with the ALPA XO. There are no specifications yet about the adapter either.
At the moment, there is no information about the price or availability of the exoskeleton cage, but you can subscribe to the ALPA newsletter and stay updated.
What do you think of the FUJIFILM GFX 100 and the ALPA XO cage? Are you planning to explore medium format cinematography once the camera gets released? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.