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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, October 21 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

$3,301
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
21
backers
84minutes to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, October 21 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Dear Kickstarters

Since 2009, ProMediaGear has designed and manufactured cutting-edge products, building a name based on quality and innovation. 

We are excited about what the future holds for our latest offering, the Universal L-Cage Port Protector.  The #BP2 is an innovative Port Protector as well as L-Cage Adapter.  We designed multiple prototypes to get to where we are today.  We knew that it wouldn't be easy to create something so simple yet so elegant and easy to use.

We all know how risky tethering a camera can be, the risk is too high not to take some precautions to protect the camera ports!  Replacing a damaged HDMI port is very expensive.  While there are other devices on the market, they are designed to only fit single style of camera and offer limited adjust-ability.  

Don't risk it protect your camera today.
Don't risk it protect your camera today.
L-Cage Port Protector Reward D shown, with extra handles etc, shown in use
L-Cage Port Protector Reward D shown, with extra handles etc, shown in use

The Universal L-Cage Port Protector is compatible with all current DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras and will allow you to quickly protect your side ports and also attach a wide range of useful accessories including: External Monitors, Lights, Voice Recorders, Microphones, GPS Adapters etc.  The L-Cage Port Protector features 9 UNC 1/4"-20 thread mounts to support your shooting style; so you can start protecting your equipment right away.  

Port Protection While Tethering

Sony A7rIII tethered to Laptop Via USB C, note that you can pick multiple channels for routing the cable on the #BP2
Sony A7rIII tethered to Laptop Via USB C, note that you can pick multiple channels for routing the cable on the #BP2
Adjust Forward to Clear the LCD Screen, or Center to Protect the Ports Against Bumps.
Adjust Forward to Clear the LCD Screen, or Center to Protect the Ports Against Bumps.

Adjustable on two axes (fore-aft and side-side), the Universal Port Protector prevents cable snags, plug bumping, and other mishaps that can cause irreparable harm to your fragile camera equipment. There are 9 1/4”-20 port threads with anti-rotation holes too: just attach the #A10 (included) snag protector anywhere that feels right!

Works with any camera, so many options.
Works with any camera, so many options.

 Compact Size Enables use with Gimbal Heads

Panasonic GH5 with BP2 on Zhijun Crane
Panasonic GH5 with BP2 on Zhijun Crane

 Finally a Compact Bracket for all the Essential Accessories

HDMI Cable Protection in Action
HDMI Cable Protection in Action
With a HB70 Handle it works as a nice Run and Gun VIDEO RIG (reward C)
With a HB70 Handle it works as a nice Run and Gun VIDEO RIG (reward C)

Adjustable to Fit any camera configuration, DSLR, or Mirrorless:

BP2 Adjusts to fit most types of cameras to protect the ports, takes just few minutes to setup: 

with Canon 5D Mark III, aligned to allow for port connection and protection.
with Canon 5D Mark III, aligned to allow for port connection and protection.
with Canon Sony A7r III, aligned to allow for port connection and protection.
with Canon Sony A7r III, aligned to allow for port connection and protection.
with Panasonic GH5, aligned to allow for port connection and protection.  It Can even be moved forward more to allow full articulation of the screen.
with Panasonic GH5, aligned to allow for port connection and protection. It Can even be moved forward more to allow full articulation of the screen.
Fits all DSLR and Mirrorless types of Cameras
Fits all DSLR and Mirrorless types of Cameras

Design Details:

CNC Machined From Solid T6061 Aluminum
CNC Machined From Solid T6061 Aluminum
Uses PBX3 universal ProMediaGear Arca-Type Plate (compatible with other PMG accessories), with 2x 1/4"-20 Thread Holes for Compatibility with Other Tripod Heads
Uses PBX3 universal ProMediaGear Arca-Type Plate (compatible with other PMG accessories), with 2x 1/4"-20 Thread Holes for Compatibility with Other Tripod Heads
Magnetic Allen Wrench Pocket (5/32 inch hex)
Magnetic Allen Wrench Pocket (5/32 inch hex)
9 Anti-Twist UNC 1/4"-20 thread holes (require PMG compatible accessories, like Cold Shoes)
9 Anti-Twist UNC 1/4"-20 thread holes (require PMG compatible accessories, like Cold Shoes)
BP2 L-Cage Port Protector - Universal Solution to Tethering - Adjusts to Any Camera Shape
BP2 L-Cage Port Protector - Universal Solution to Tethering - Adjusts to Any Camera Shape
  • All adjustment screws of the same head type (5/32 inch)
  • Works with most Digital Cameras on the market today
  • Adjustable Front to Back, and Left to Right
  • Lightweight only 8.2 oz (234 grams)
  • 5 - Year Warranty
  • Made in USA

REWARDS:  

Items Included with Reward A
Items Included with Reward A
Items Included with Reward B
Items Included with Reward B
Items Included with Reward C
Items Included with Reward C
Items Included with Reward D
Items Included with Reward D

Timeline:

  • 2018.1-6 Refining Prototypes/Design
  • 2018.6-7 Pre-production Runs and Testing
  • 2018.9-10 Kickstarter Campaign
  • 2018.11 Priority Deliveries
  • 2019.1 All Rewards Delivered

Design History:  we've tested many different prototypes and are ready for production 

Prototypes to Final Product
Prototypes to Final Product

Stretch Goal version 

The BP2 blocks the battery.  New Version Needed for Tall cameras, available as stretch Goal, once we reach our funding level.
The BP2 blocks the battery. New Version Needed for Tall cameras, available as stretch Goal, once we reach our funding level.

The current #BP2 version doesn't work with Tall Cameras like Nikon D5, or Canon 1Dx, (Canon 5d or Nikon D850 with battery pack) for those a riser piece is needed, see picture above.  We've designed and prototypes some versions of it, but currently don't think that would be a major seller.  If you can convince us otherwise we can make that too.

Prototype of BP2 Bracket for Cameras with Battery Grips
Prototype of BP2 Bracket for Cameras with Battery Grips

What We Need & What You Get:

Right now, we come to you, Kickstarter, for help raising $6,000. At this minimum funding level, we can offer the product to you at lower than retail pricing.  We thank you for being an early adopter and helping us lowering material and tooling costs.   Please check out our exciting rewards to our contributors!

See us on:

www.ProMediaGear.com

Risks and challenges

We’ve been in this business since 2009 and have pretty good experience in setting realistic and accurate expectations and always deliver. However, no matter how well we plan there is always a risk of something going wrong. Since we control manufacturing of the major part through our sister CNC Machining company the worst that can happen is that the delivery gets delayed a bit due to some unforeseen quality issues. Some components we source, but through the years we have build a web of reliable partners. If you want to help us out, the best thing if for you to spread good word about this project! Should we run into any issues that lead to shipping delays, we will be sure to keep everyone up to date. Our reputation, dating back nine years, is strong – and we are committed to customer satisfaction first and foremost!

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    A: L-Cage Port Protector with Anti Snag

    A: This is the basic L-Cage Kit that allows you to Protect your camera ports against bumps and tugs. Save $30 of retail price.

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    B: L-Cage with Friction Arm + Cold Shoe

    Adds friction arm with Cold Shoe to allow attachments of Additional Accessories, Save $35 of Retail Price. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL.

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    C: L-Cage, Arm, Cold Shoe + Handle

    Same as B adds a Handle Save $50 of Retail Price.

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    • HB70 Handle $50 (attaches to the L-Cage)
    • BP2 L-Cage with PBX3 Universal Arca-Type Plate
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    D: Super Rig: Adds Top and Side Handles

    Includes all the goodies and 3 handles. Save $85 of retail price.

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    • HB70 Handle $50 (attaches to the L-Cage)
    • BP2 L-Cage with PBX3 Universal Arca-Type Plate
    • A12 Friction Arm
    • A10 Snag Protector
    • HB1 Side Handle and Top Handle with Nato Rail
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