SmallRig has launched a new ergonomic camera cage ecosystem for the iPhone 15 Pro Max smartphone, developed in collaboration with director Brandon Li.
While the switch to USB-C was likely the story that received the most attention when Apple unveiled its new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, filmmakers were likely more impressed by the enhanced capture capabilities that made their way to the handheld, specifically log encoding and the ability to record footage directly to an external SSD.
Since the iPhone video improvements were so significant, using the smartphone to capture high-quality video is becoming more likely. However, the smartphone is not the most ergonomic device for professional use. SmallRig wants to help in this area.
The new iPhone 15 Pro Max Mobile Video Kit is an aluminum alloy cage that supports MagSafe charging and includes several places, including 10 1/4′′-20 threaded holds and two cold shoe mounts, that allow the platform to accept the peripherals filmmakers need to work on iPhone more readily.
According to SmallRig, its new cage features a “One Click” locking method that ensures the phone is firmly secured while also providing additional protection in the form of silicone pads. While in the cage, filmmakers can not only add to their gear, but the iPhone’s buttons are all fully accessible.
The rig comes with two side handles that can be rapidly detached and attached to the top and bottom or left and right sides of the cage. SmallRig also includes a magnetic variable neutral density filter with one version of the kit, which is essential for shooting video on an iPhone because aperture control isn’t an option.
In addition to having access to all three lenses on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the company claims that the cage allows filmmakers to attach M-Mount lenses (17mm/37mm threaded lenses and T-series lenses with optional backplates) and magnetic filters (VND, CPL, Star Cross, and 1/4 Black Mist).
The SmallRig Brandon Li Mobile Video Cage for the iPhone 15 Pro Max is now available for pre-order, with delivery scheduled on November 6. The cage without the handles and variable neutral density filter costs $46.90, while the version with both add-ons costs $118.90.