NATO Rails and clamps are quickly becoming staples in the camera industry, although their original design dates back to the mid-’90s for military applications. Today, they are particularly prominent in the burgeoning sector of small mirrorless video rigs, which is convenient as I have two different rigs within easy reach!
This top handle showcases a unique quick-lock feature that locks securely onto any standard NATO rail. This makes attaching and detaching both simple and highly secure.
Understanding that everyone’s needs are different, the handle can be adjusted at the outset with two bolts that can be unscrewed, enabling the handle to move forward or backwards to suit your needs. As is common with all cages and rigs, the handle features multiple accessory mounts, such as a 1/4-inch threaded hole, ARRI 3/8-inch hole, and two cold shoe mounts.
The SmallRig Snap-on Quick Lock NATO Top Handle is designed not just for convenience but also to facilitate better camera movement. With a more robust grip on the camera, it helps to stabilise low-angle shots. All in all, it’s a rather handy handle.