Italian company LockCircle has released another batch of their famous LockPort accessories, this time for Sony a7R III, Sony a9 and Nikon D850 cameras. The ridiculously fragile micro-HDMI connectors on these cameras stay alive for much longer with the LockPort.
With these handy LockPort attachments the fragile micro-HDMI ports are being transformed into 90° rear or front facing full-size HDMI ports. In the case of the Nikon D850 an additional micro-USB to (rear facing) full-size USB port is available, too.
LockCircle started out with a very sturdy and well-disigned full-metal lens cap. But they didn’t stop there, obviously. Over time other handy accessories came our way. camera cages, custom-built cine lenses, matteboxes, filters, rods.. it’s all there.
The LockPort was one of their earlier products and it became very popular due to its ability of protecting your precious camera from expensive service charges. Modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras tend to offer only a micro-HDMI port for video output. These connectors are anything but “professional grade”, this is my opinion at least. With a connected HDMI cable a lot of force is exerted to these tiny (and non-lockable) connectors. Bottom line: The micro-HDMI port tends to break very quickly.
Sony a7R III, Sony a9 and Nikon D850
Three new models are now available: The LockPort A7M3 for Sony a7R III cameras, a Sony a9 model and another one for Nikon D850 cameras. Both Sony variants are so-called RF (rear/front) models. Two HDMI adapters are available, one is rear facing, the other is front facing but both will fit the LockPort cage. That way you can choose the perfect way of building your rig without too much cable clutter.
The LockPort for Nikon D850 cameras has one more trick up its sleeve. In addition to the HDMI adapter, it also holds a micro-USB to USB adapter. You can choose which adapter you want (or both). The downsinde here is the fact that both adapters are rear-facing only. No RF to be found on this one.
The battery compartment can be accessed with the LockPort baseplate attached. Since the baseplate is only 1.5mm and only the original camera screws are being used all your camera support and outboard accessories will still fit nicely.
Pricing and Availability
Delivery on all the aformentioned LockPorts attachments starts from February 15th. Head over to LockCircle.com for all the available configurations. LockPorts are available for a variety of camera brands, such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Fujifilm.
Prices for the Sony a7R III and a9 variants are $139 (€119) for a choice of front or rear HDMI adapter and $169 (€139) for a kit with both adapters. For the same amount of money you get a kit with both, the HDMI and the USB adapter, for your Nikon D850. For $139 (€119) you can choose between either the HDMI adapter or thr USB adapter.
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