cold shoe small rig adapter (3 of 3)

In the past I’ve used a plastic thumb screw style cold shoe adapter (above bottom) for most of my rigs. It’s done a pretty decent job on my Varavon cage but it’s a little big and often sold out. So I started looking for something a little lower profile and a bit more permanent.

cold shoe small rig adapter (2 of 3)

After a bit of research I came across the the SmallRig 1/4 20 cold shoe adapter on ebay. For ruffly $7  you basically get a piece of CNC aluminum in the shape of a cold shoe mount. The black anodized aluminum mount comes with two different 1/4 20 screw lengths and you only need a flat head screwdriver to mount it. Tighten the thing down to a spot on your rig and you’ll be good to go.

cold shoe small rig adapter (1 of 3)

You can also find them on Amazon, but for whatever reason they’re $10. Basically it provides the same style of mount as the thumb screw model only it’s all metal and doesn’t stick out as far on your camera rig. I often found myself removing the plastic thumb screw style cold shoe adapter because it got in the way when hand held shooting with the Varavon cage. The SmallRig 1/4 20 cold shoe adapter has a low enough profile that it doesn’t really cause problems when handling the camera. It’s also a few dollars cheaper, so it’s a win win.

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