SmallRig Fujifilm X-T5 retro handheld cage kit review

A versatile and stylish camera rig for the Fujifilm X-T5

Smallrig Fujifilm X-T5 camera cage
(Image: © Alistair Campbell)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The SmallRig Retro Handheld Cage Kit for the Fujifilm X-T5 is slick, secure and lightweight. It fits snugly around the camera and keeps close to the body’s form factor, which means that there's no rattling around while shooting. The style of the cage won't suit everyone, but it matches the retro aesthetic of the X-T5 well and there are enough mounting options for adding common accessories while you're shooting stills and videos.


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    Design suits the X-T5

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    Protects the camera

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    Plenty of accessory mounts


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    Looks won't suit all

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    Fiddly to set up

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    Expensive compared to a multifunctional cage

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The best camera rigs can be used to turn your normal camera into a video powerhouse, as they give you extra mounting points for accessories and a better grip, while some also offer stabilization. They should also allow better handheld use, and protect your camera from knocks and bumps.

SmallRig already makes several compact and sturdy camera cages for a wide range of popular mirrorless cameras and filmmaking cameras, but its latest is designed for the Fujifilm X-T5. The retro handheld cage that we've tested here fits the traditional aesthetic of the Fujifilm camera very well, but is it practical and enjoyable to use, as well as just looking nice?

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.