Robot Skin – New Panasonic GH5 Cage from LockCircle

March 28th, 2017
Robot Skin - New Panasonic GH5 Cage from LockCircle

LockCircle introduces their new Panasonic GH5 cage – the “Robot Skin”. It is designed to tightly fit the camera body and provide as many mounting threads for accessories as possible.

LockCircle Robot Skin GH5 Cage

The long-awaited Panasonic GH5 is now finally shipping and many accessories are starting to become available for it. The GH5 has grown a bit in size compared to the GH4 and GH3, so manufacturers will have to rethink their cage designs for this line. The Italian company LockCircle took the approach of creating a very lightweight tightly-wrapping cage, introduced as the Robot Skin.

 

As the company states, they’ve designed their new Panasonic GH5 cage based on international user feedback regarding their other cages and previous designs. They refer to their research and designing process as “cinematic research science”. LockCircle doesn’t even refer to their new product as a cage, but rather as a skin – emphasising the very tight-fit design.
 
The Robot Skin allows users to control all buttons and dials of the camera while adding many threads to mount various accessories. According to LockCircle, it is a natural extension of the original camera shape. However, real-world reviews and comparisons will have to show if the new design really is so much different than older LockCircle cages.

Panasonic GH5 wrapped in “Robot Skin” from LockCircle

LockCircle Panasonic GH5 cage features

  • Asymmetrical classic LockCircle cage design concept.
  • Right hand camera grabbing/control with original Lumix GH5 camera ergonomics.
  • Innovative SFA Straight Function Action with DTV Dials Total View design concept.
  • T-Wrap (total wrap) expansion module for right hand accessories/grip handles
  • 90 (110 threads with T-Wrap)  1/4”-20, 3 (5 with T-Wrap)
  • Top Grip handle and Boombooster compatible accessories.
  • CNC machined from billet aircraft grade aluminum.
  • Ultra-Lightweight and professional heavy-duty grade strength.
  • High quality Swiss Anodizing with “professional grade” velvet surface finish.
  • Custom genuine titanium grade 5 screws and knobs.
  • MultiPort HDMI/USB/Audio port savers with connector locking.
  • Meta-Block mount (adjustable) for Metabones monolithic mounting.
  • IMS-Block for IMS – Mounts for the serious cinematographers needs.
  • Several IMS Professional lens mounts available: PL-Mount, Panavision,
  • Leica-R, Canon EF and Nikon with Positive-Lock.
  • New MicroMega ultra compact modular expandable BasePlate.
  • Focal Plain thread for AC measurement custom titanium hook.
  • New hi-tech deep anodized colours: Blumix, Noir Black, Purple Rain.

 

The new Panasonic GH5 cage from LockCircle should become available in mid May. As the company states in their press release, it will be a “limited edition – manufactured only on request for serious Lumix GH5 aficionados”. That sounds a bit weird, and I am not sure if that means the Robot Skin will not be available from retailers like other LockCircle products. We will keep you updated as soon as we know more about availability and pricing.

 

Do you use cages as an accessory for your camera? What is the most vital feature of a good cage for you? Let us know in the comments below.
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I wish that LockCircle would just publish the price of this new cage, but I suspect they are holding back until NAB 2017.

I am looking for a GH5 cage that can accommodate the GH5 XLR audio adapter and still provide mounting holes to place a monitor on top of it. ( otherwise something that can solidly mount the Atomos Ninja Inferno behind the camera at a comfortable viewing angle )

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