I picked up a Kamerar Tank dslr cage this week and wanted to share my thoughts. It sells for $225 with the top handle and $180 without.
I currently own a Film City cage as well as two CPM Cubed Cages (was going to resell the 2nd, haven’t yet). Though I like both the Film City and CPM cages I wanted to try something constructed of all metal. Though the CPM and Film city could break down for travel, it’s not that easy. Supposedly the Tank comes apart easier, though you need to loosen the tightening knobs as well as unscrew the rod end caps which are mostly decorative.
Below you can see my SmallRig (aka Cool LCD) leather adjustable top handle. I love this because you can adjust the center balance of your handle, and therefor your rig, depending on what camera and gear you have attached. The base is a bit wide on the Tank but SmallRig sells a shorter 7cm one for $29.
Below is one of my annoyances with the Tank. You see the swiss rods it comes with? The very top of that is 15mm standard, then it >widens< out for a bit before the mid section of 1/2 20 and 3/4 holes. Why??!! The swiss rods Kamerar sells separately for $38 a pop are standard 15mm on both ends. So you can mound a 15mm accessory. Widening that bit out, the way they did (just for this product) means you can’t use that part of the rod to attach something. Scratching my head on this decision by Kamerar. Though note, the Swiss Rod is an inch or so longer than the Tanks rods, so you’ll need 4 Swiss Rods to replace
I’m not really sure why the ends of the below cheese rods have these screw in caps. It’s kind of decorative only. Perhaps once a cap is removed you can screw in a short 15mm rod to it.
Some reviews have mentioned that the back left swiss rod blocks the HDMI cable coming out of the camera. If this happens, guess what, you can remove that rod and the Tank is still very sturdy.
As you can see below there is plenty of room for any model of Canon’s or Nikon’s battery door.
And if you position the quick release just so, you can get your HDMI cable out the side. (However my USB port is covered with this IDC plate.
So despite a few gripes I’m impressed with this cage. The swiss rods are a very nice idea and give you many side mounting points to go along with plenty on top. I haven’t yet gotten the top handle that comes with the $225 version of the Tank so I can’t comment on how that feels. But overall I recommend the Kamerar Tank for your video setup. Note in the next picture I removed the cheese rod near the camera ports. The Kamerar is solid without it provided you use the wing screws.