Shape ALPSM Straight Shoulder Mount with Cage and Top Handle for Sony A7II, A7SII & A7RII
Bespoke design for Sony A7II, A7SII & A7RII
Shape’s straight shoulder mount for the ‘Mark II’ Sony Alpha 7 cameras – the A7II, A7SII & A7RII – provides a secure and stable platform for handheld shooting with any of these small and lightweight cameras. With a cage at the heart of the rig, it also offers protection and further rigging possibilities.
Being a straight shoulder mount, the ALPSM is designed to be used with an external monitor or EVF. It places the camera to one side of the operators’ head, allowing space to position an external monitor or EVF directly in front of the eye. For monitoring using the built-in screen, see the offset model – ALPSM-OF.
Produced almost entirely from CNC machined aluminium, the cage is solid yet light, maintaining the compact form of the camera whilst providing the basis for rigging and mounting accessories.
The left side of the cage features an array of 1/4-20 threads, while the top has both 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads. Further 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads are located on the top handle.
Featuring Shape’s push-button system, the top handle offers a convenient solution for low shots, or for simply picking the camera up. When the spring-loaded red button is pressed, it dis-engages the lock, allowing the handle to freely rotate. This allows the top handle to change position in a matter of seconds. Users can also mount Sony’s XLR-K2M audio module to the hot shoe on the camera, without the top handle getting in the way.
For situations where it’s important to have the smallest possible footprint, the top handle is removable from the rest of the cage. When removed, it unveils a cold shoe adaptor, allowing accessories such as an LED light to be mounted directly to the cage.
Fixed-height 15mm rods have been set to match the optical centre of the camera sensor, meaning professional mattebox’s can be used without issue. The rods clamp to the baseplate using a single wing-nut for fast and easy repositioning.
The camera attaches to the cage using a single 1/4-20 thread and has been so the front of the camera body sits flush with the cage, meaning rotation or twisting is not an issue. Additionally, for customers using a Metabones lens adaptor, a further 1/4-20 thread is integrated in the cage’s base for screwing to the bottom of the adaptor. The camera and cage combination can be quickly removed from the 15mm LWS baseplate using Shape’s quick-release system.
With the cage being designed from scratch for the Alpha ‘Mark II’ cameras, Shape have been able to ensure operability of the camera is not affected – from pushing buttons, to changing lenses and swapping batteries. Holes are also left for the various ports on the camera’s left side, including the HDMI connector. HDMI cable protection is offered in the form of an adjustable clamp.
Included with the kit is Shape’s HAND5 handles, which uses the same push-button system as the top handle. By pushing the spring-loaded red button, the rotation lock is temporarily disengaged, allowing the grip to freely rotate. This is perfect for fast and efficient storage, or simply for changing the grip position during a shoot.
Also included is the SHPAD3 compact shoulder pad. Solidly built, the shoulder pad incorporates a soft but durable cushion; ensuring long operation does not become uncomfortable. It’s also compatible with Shape’s shoulder pad accessories, including the PAD1 extension and PADCW1 counterweight. These screw to the rear of the pad for extra comfort and usability.
- Innovative cage design mitigates rotation and twisting of camera body within cage
- Integrated bracket support for Metabones lens adaptor
- Built-in quick-release system, fast and easy to remove camera and cage from LWS
- Multiple 1/4-20 & 3/8-16 threaded holes for accessory mounting
- Cage matches the contours of the grip on the camera
- Convenient top handle with Shape’s push-button system
- Top handle is removable from the cage when small footprint is required
- With top handle removed, a cold shoe connector is usable on the cage
- Fully-compatible with Sony’s XLR-K2M audio module, even with top handle installed
- 15mm rods set for optical centre height of camera sensor
- Single wing-nut operation of the 15mm rod clamp
- Fully-accessible ports and controls including lens release button and battery door
- Adjustable HDMI cable protection clamp
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