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LockCircle brings LockPort secure HDMI ports to Nikon D800

By dpreview staff on May 4, 2012 at 23:14 GMT

Accessory maker LockCircle has announced it will offer its 'LockPort' durable HDMI socket bracket for the Nikon D800. The LockPort800 combines a mounting plate that secures to the base of the camera with a miniHDMI-to-standard HDMI adapter that bolts onto it. This provides an easy-access full-size HDMI connector while also protecting your camera's miniHDMI socket from damage. The mounting plate is designed so that the camera can still be used with other mounts, tripod plates and accessories, in tandem with the LockPort. The LockPort800 will be available from June 2012 at a cost of $199/€99.


Press Release:

LockPort 800 by LockCircle

After the WORLDWIDE success of the LockPort Series for Canon HDSLR CAMERAS...
LockCircle is announcing the professional LockPort 800 for the powerful Nikon D800!

The LockPort 800 is a new product developed to help avoid damaging  your D800 mini HDMI camera port. The LockPort 800 protects definitely the fragile output on your camera from tough production abuse with a rock solid universal clamp and a smart mini to full-size HDMI adapter.

The LockPort 800 camera plate is designed to fit easily every head, baseplate, sliding plate, support out there using the original  camera screws already there. Ready in 10 seconds!

The LockPort 800 safely secures a 90° FRONT/REAR mini HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter, protecting forever the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your expensive HDSLR camera.

The Adapter has gold plated contacts and  the full-size female output allows you to use stronger standard HDMI cables, you can purchase everywhere!

Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose, and if somebody walks over your cable, the plug still can pop-out saving your camera from falling on the ground.

The full-size HDMI 90° output can be used in FRONT or REAR position (2 different adapters) to reach the best cable ergonomics solution on your rig set-up!

The LockPort 800 adapters are available in FRONT and REAR editions, also available in kit or sold separately to upgrade the kits or like spare parts!

Instant reverse output direction set-up.

Can be ordered right now, shipment starts from the first week of June!

LockPort 800  Price List  USD 119,00  Euro  99,00

For more information:  info@lockcircle.com  www.lockcircle.com _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

LockPort 800 highlights

  • Works with Nikon D800 cameras.
  • Saves the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your D800 camera.
  • Full Size HDMI output allows you to use stronger standard cables.
  • Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose!
  • 90° FRONT or REAR output editions.
  • No loose of video signal anymore! The full size HDMI output has stronger locking capabilities.
  • Gold plated contacts.
  • Rock solid UNIVERSAL ultra low base clamp, can work on every plate, head, sliding plate, rig, support out there.
  • Better cable layout on your rig set up.
  • No longer camera screws, use all the camera screws already out there.
  • Ready in a few seconds.
  • Instant reverse output direction set up.
  • New! Survival Kit with spare parts available online.

Comments

Total comments: 39
Laurent Egli
By Laurent Egli (Feb 22, 2013)

Just received my Lockport 800 Z and it fits and works very nicely, it took me a moment to figure out where the small aluminium plate was to go but it was to create a better hold for the viewfinder clamp-on window of the zaccuto loupe. I bought this because a nearly damaged a couple of times already my Mini HDMI port on the D800 and fortunately for me the cables gave up befoure the camera. This assembly feels rock solid now. The shippment was extra fast and comming from italy so it was two days to switzerland... Nice!

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (May 18, 2012)

who saves the port of the port saver ?

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skrulm8
By skrulm8 (May 7, 2012)

half of the price goes to pay for the advertisement in dpreview

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JimTech
By JimTech (May 6, 2012)

Hmm, lots of money, camera no longer weather sealed, might have to take it off and put it back on a lot if you want the weather sealing in between use ... installation/deinstallation starts creating the wear and tear but does hopefully prevent the strain and torque from the cable pulling on the plug/receptacle.

I understand the concern and the potential for a positive experience with something like this but wowzers, this seems a little overkill.

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richg101
By richg101 (May 6, 2012)

I just wish you could get those right angled mini to full size hdmi adaptors at reasonable prices. Forget the silly over engineered metal part. I just want the right angle adaptor so i can gaffer it to the camera permenantly and use the full size hdmi instead of the little delicate mini hdmi on the camera. I often wonder how many duty cycles the mini hdmi socket has. probably only 1000 at optimum conditions. Hell, Id probably epoxy one of their right angle adaptors in situ - the full size hdmi is so much more durable for repeted connection/disconnection

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (May 5, 2012)

I presume there are enough all-thumbs out there to buy whatever industry says is a "must". Whatever happened to all the cable clamps to hold a loop of cable to the baseplate? A little technical thinking can save you $120...

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (May 5, 2012)

If this really is a problem, and I have no doubt it is a problem for some, they why did Nikon create a $3500 camera with this weakness?

They seem to have thought of everything else.... why didn't they think about this?

Unless perhaps... it isn't a real problem at all?

I don't own a D800 or a 5D, so I really don't know how serious this issue is, but all the hype in the press release sounds a lot like an ad for those $200 "Monster Cables" for our Audio systems in the past.

You remember those things? They were supposed to improve the audio signal, but made absolutely no difference. They just replaced a $3 cable with a $200 cable.

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ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (7 months ago)

Hi Marti, "Monster cables $200. We had some here in Oz that were rectangular in cross section and in the early 80's were about AUD$600 !!! To be fair, though, they did make a difference: However, only NASA had the equipment to measure it!

It would have to be as sensitive as the equipment used to detect the seismic shock-wave of a mosquito landing on Mt. Everest from another continent! Everyone has one these days of course!

My solution back then was to make up copper strapping then insulate the them. The end result was exactly the same as the AUD$600 Pro_Audio kit,........ ZERO!

In comes the law of Diminishing Returns for infatuated but not so well informed individuals such as me.

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Colin Stuart
By Colin Stuart (May 5, 2012)

Nothing some gaffer's tape won't fix out in the field.

One of the reasons why I hate HDMI... the plug for it is pathetic compared to nearly everything in the past... and even new things like DisplayPort.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (May 6, 2012)

Make sure to get a camera with a BNC jack instead (SD/HD-SDI interface), those turn 90 degrees to absolutely lock the cable to the device.

Mini HDMI is total garbage, and HDMI is not much better.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (May 5, 2012)

Confusing write-up (see above). Price is given at US$199.00 at first, and then a little further down, it is stated to be US$119.00. Well, which way is it?

Based on the product description, this nifty little adapter is probably worth all of US$4.99. Therefore, the listed price of US$199.00 is approximately US$194.01 MORE than what it should be selling for in order to make pecuniary sense for the buyer. And if the price is US$119.00 instead, well, that would still make this little plug over $100 more pricey than what it is really worth, based on the minuscule utility it provides.

"Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket."

That is an untrue statement right there from the makers of this little plug adapter. HDMI is the one type of interface that can never be securely attached. But maybe they were talking about VGA, DVI, or BNC connectivities and jacks instead, hmmm?

4 upvotes
JimTech
By JimTech (May 6, 2012)

I am guessing they are talking about the mini side of the adapter that is firmly held to the camera if the bracket is attached properly. It doesn't do anything to "stabilize" the full-size side of the adapter. But might have enough space for a small cable tie to loop through one of the holes and then around the cable providing tension relief.

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ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (7 months ago)

You are absolutely right Francis. I often put small milling jobs out to on-line tenders. Short runs of 20 - 100 in parts of this size and simple tool-pathing would be in the vicinity of $1 - 3 plus very cheap freight! It's also very cheap material stock, it certainly wouldn't be 6061 and the like.

Barry M. Australia

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snake_b
By snake_b (May 5, 2012)

I"m surprised "all your bases are belong to us" wasn't written as a selling point in the release above.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (May 5, 2012)

If you shoot a lot of video, this thing is actually worth 100bucks, I have one for the 5D2 - it provides a stable connection and saves you a couple hundred bucks on repair costs, the mini hdmi plug in the camera will get damaged if you bump into it a few many times - I have seen it happen

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ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (7 months ago)

I can't agree with you Mike on this one.

So what you are saying is:
If a conrod nut were to come loose and destroyed your car engine, The replacement car engine was $6000 therefore a better nut could be $4000 simply because it saved you $2000? More to the point, would you pay $199 for a cable tie that Had Nikon/Canon HDMI stabilization unit stamped on the box?

I can see where you are coming from Mike. If a cable tie was the solution and came in a nice package, by your rational, would it be worth $199?

These suppliers love to hear High Profit justifications such as yours, in fact they would probably say: "Good to hear, I think we can squeeze the price up even more!" Whereas, if everyone said it was a ridiculous price they would have to take notice or go out of business.

We should be sending a clear message to camera makers that BNC is the desirable connection. (They are about <$1)

Long live the "Honest" aftermarket manufacturers.

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manakiin
By manakiin (May 5, 2012)

Why didn't they include a cable lock (clamp) for full-sized HDMI out??? Cable can still get pulled out by accident and converters port can still get damaged...

This is ridiculous.

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Rolo King
By Rolo King (May 5, 2012)

This thing was created to protect the camera. Something needs to give if you don't want the camera to be pulled with the cable.

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Petka
By Petka (May 5, 2012)

Many cable connector should be resigned starting form the flash synch plug...

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murphyincalgary
By murphyincalgary (May 5, 2012)

Why not just buy a HDMI to MINI HDMI cable for £1.65 ?!!!

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snake_b
By snake_b (May 5, 2012)

"No *loose* of video signal..."

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nxp3
By nxp3 (May 5, 2012)

only a camera industry can charge 120 for a damn hdmi adapter.

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Oery
By Oery (May 5, 2012)

wait for chinese version :)

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JaFO
By JaFO (May 5, 2012)

Just waint until you see the gold-plated 'oxygen free' variants that high-end audio/video industry would love to sell.

I'm sure they'd charge twice that amount ...

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Gesture
By Gesture (May 5, 2012)

Wouldn't it be better to do by telemetry. I guess that is the next advance.

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ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (7 months ago)

Telemetry? It's currently called WiFi.

I worked with NASA for 13 years, STADAN Telemetry.

Telemetry: take measurements/meter at distance/remote

The method in which we talk with the spacecraft is defined as the Link.

Photography we have blutooth Wifi infrared and RF/Radio

You are right Gesture, remote is far better than dodgy inferior cable connections. I have also seen a few cameras pulled over by their attached cables! You won't trip up an a telemetry link!

Cheers Barry M.

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Mwcfire
By Mwcfire (May 5, 2012)

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

Pretty much the standard for television connectivity.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (May 5, 2012)

Oh, great. And now you ought to explain what the hell the Multimedia is. How is one supposed to know that?
"Television connectivity", you say? The TV is connected only to antenna and power. Which one is multimedia?
How High is Definition?

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JaFO
By JaFO (May 5, 2012)

it carries both digital audio and video signals.
It's the digital version of the analogue connections used to connect your VCR to your tv.

More info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI

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babart
By babart (May 5, 2012)

Right on, Mick. The language in which we communicate here is English. It is not txtng English, nor is it fcbk English or eltst English. If you want to be understood by everyone with whom you are communicating, kindly explain yourself. Note that I didn't write FB, which I'm certain most people realize is FaceBook. But it could also be anything from football to feed bag.

My irritation with this practice of communicating in acronyms stems from how far it has spread. And, I suspect, really IS a result of texting and Facebook. I'm a medical professional who needs to read medical papers, and it's becoming almost impossible to scan an abstract and not encounter an acronym I have never seen before. "A patients CIA is often more constricted when his EPA is modified by his USA. It is recommended practitioners add a DVD to alleviate this condition."

Come on. Get real. How much longer does it take to write out the words? You don't even have to hit the shift key.

BAB

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fireplace33
By fireplace33 (May 5, 2012)

Hi Babart,
At the end of your post you wrote "BAB" is that another acronym?
What does it stand for, can you explain yourself please.
Thanks

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Nuts57
By Nuts57 (May 5, 2012)

Bab...what does that stand for...hahahaha.

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paul1508
By paul1508 (May 5, 2012)

@Babart
This adapter is made for people who use the Nikon D800... I guess if you use the Nikon D800 you know for what the miniHDMI Port is used for. And this article is a bit uninteresting for people who don't know what HDMI is used for.

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babart
By babart (May 5, 2012)

:) Muy comico. Those are my initials, but kindly note you would have a clue to that in the Babart that appears as my sign in name (BAB was unavailable.) There is not the slightest indication of an explanation for HDMI. Point taken, however.
Bruce A Bartrug

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babart
By babart (May 5, 2012)

Oh, great. So what the hell is an HDMI port? High-Density Mitigating Instrument? Hot Darn Miniature Input? HillsDale MIchigan? Holy Demons Maintenance Incubator? I'm sorry. But can I ask you put in the real English translation before spitting out reams of acronyms. And thank you. Though I'm not holding my breath.
BAB

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MichaelEchos
By MichaelEchos (May 5, 2012)

lol. This stuff have been around for some time. Looks like you need to be slightly more techy.

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Parappaman
By Parappaman (May 5, 2012)

Welcome to the World Wide Web!

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=hdmi

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babart
By babart (May 5, 2012)

I could easily have looked up HDMI on the web. But why should I have to? See reply above to a post by michsh6.

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f_stops
By f_stops (May 5, 2012)

I am at a loose with the spelling in the Highlights.
/s

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Total comments: 39