by Tim Fok | 23rd June 2015
Zacuto has added compatibility for the Canon C100 Mark II to its next generation Recoil rig. The Zacuto C100 Mark II Recoil utilizes the existing VCT baseplate, Grip Relocator, Axis Mini, Gratical HD and finally a new C100 Mark II Helmet. Many will be well acquainted with the existing Zacuto Recoil components. The Universal VCT Baseplate offering a wide level of adjustment, Axis Mini arm that holds tension yet still offering adjustment, Canon Grip Relocator that re-assigns the Canon side handle to position of your choice. However, I want to talk about the new addition; the Canon C100 Mark II Helmet. This builds on the C300/C500 Helmet Zacuto designed a couple of years ago, mounting to the existing hot shoe mount of the camera and grabbing additional stability from the thread of the film plane screw (whilst offering another thread port for the film plane screw thus preserving its function). Mounted to that is a rail with 15mm rod mount on the end for attaching adjacent accessories (perfect for EVFs) and on top a double dovetail join that connects the Canon handle whilst offering plenty of fore and aft movement to refine balance of your handle and rig. Canon C100 users will all tell you, the connection between the handle and camera body is pretty poor. Even at maximum tension there is a large amount of play in the joint. Zacuto solve this issue by reversing the mate. The ratchet lever compresses into the cold shoe of the handle (rather than the pin screwing down) which full firms it all up. With full adjustment of both the handle location and the camera on the VCT Baseplate you are able to achieve perfect over the shoulder balance with most lens configurations (large lens setups may require rear counter balance). As a C100 user myself, I like the look of this. The Helmet as a stand-alone product is great for mounting EVF or recorders like a Ninja Blade to the side of the camera. I have a similar solution from Wooden Camera that also works great. However it does not solve the frustrating loose handle to camera body issue. Additionally you can purchase a Mount Bracket for the C100 Mark II that acts as a spine to the existing handle, offering 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads plus another 15mm connector. The Zacuto C100 Mark II Recoil comes in few configurations, you can buy all parts separately, or as the EVF Recoil (Baseplate, Grip and Helmet) or Gratical HD Recoil (same but with Gratical HD and Axis Mini). Speaking of the Gratical, the HD EVF has just received a firmware update. Here’s what you can find in firmware 2.0: New peaking feature has been added to the menu overlays->focus assist->reg peaking Activating red line peaking will no longer make the image lose sharpness Image flip will now stay active after a power cycle Fixed a bug where the image would appear to jump or change positions Fixed a bug where the image’s contrast or brightness appeared to change Changed the FS7 Slog3 to Rec709 preset LUT Added compatibility for Nikon D800/D810 cameras Added compatibility for Wooden Camera C-Box Converter Fixed a bug that would not allow a user to create a custom DSLR scaling Decreased the audio meter latency The Gratical HD really is a fantastic bit of kit; if you get a chance at any up coming shows it’s really worth checking out to see for yourself. Further more was Zacutos announcement earlier in the month at Cinegear to offer a “Gratical-X” package, this is basically a selectable package with a price based purely one the features you want it to include. The results mean you can the introductory price of the Gractical HD drops dramatically from $3100 to around $1600. Software packages ranging from $300 to $700 then spec up your EVF according to your required features. via/ Zacuto & NewsShooterRead more
by Tim Fok | 22nd December 2014
Zacuto has released its line of accessories that complete the C100 Recoil package. A new top bracket solidifies the handle and body connection, as well as offering a base for the new Z-finder arm and Axis Mini for EVF options. We got a preview of all of this at IBC, but it’s only until now that these products have been itemised and available for purchase. C100 Z-Finder Plus The hinge on the C100 screen is fine for normal use, but as soon as you add any strain in the form of third party loupes and shades, it flops. The Original C100 Z-Finder got around this by offering up two bungee chords that mounted to the focus marker on the side of the camera. These offer more tension and enable you to position the Z-Finder in any position without the hinge giving way. I have this setup, and whilst it works it is a little fiddly. Zacuto acknowledged this, and decide to fix it along with tackling another problem that C100 users all face, the play you get from the handle even when fixed at its maximum tension. The C100 Z-Finder Plus utilizes a top bracket that works as a spine to the camera. It connects to an existing thread on the handle, and provides a solid base for the Z-Finder to mount to. The C100 Bracket is the heart of this system, and is available to purchase separately as it also adds a wide selection of mounting points via 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads. C100 Axis Mini Mount If you wanted an EVF solution over the existing screen and loupe, you can bolt on to the Top Bracket with the C100 Axis Mini Mount. This resides over the existing shoe, retaining its mount and providing an additional 15mm rod mount. Zacuto Axis Mini With the Axis mini mount in place, you can then attach Zacutos slimmed down Axis Mini for EVF or small monitors. Not just for the C100, the arm is half the size of the existing Axis Arm, but providing a similar reach as it benefits from a slide function to perfect positioning of your viewing aid. This lot coupled with the Zacuto Universal VCT Baseplate completes the Zacuto C100 Recoil package, but like everything Zacuto it’s modular, you can add a Grip Relocator to bring the original handle further down for shoulder mounting, along with a Tornado and Z-Drive grip for focus. Zacuto are gradually bringing out Recoil options for all popular cameras, unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little longer for solutions for the C100 Mark II, the larger and useable viewfinder means this current package won’t compatible.Read more
by Tim Fok | 4th December 2014
Last month we covered the next generation of Recoil Rigs, a line that Zacuto stated was compatible with nearly every camera on the market with few components. Here’s their options for the Sony FS7 proving that theory: Zacuto continue their balanced-rig-with-no-counter-balance philosophy on the Sony FS7 by concreting their findings that a cameras centre of balance is more or less where the body meets the lens. On the FS7, they’ve achieved this by adding their VCT Universal Baseplate that moves the shoulder position forward. Tapping into an existing 1/4″ thread and utilizing the 15mm mic/EVF rail they’ve simply added a ZicroMount and Axis Mini to achieve this balance rig with second monitor at the rear for focus puller etc.. The latter product gives more flexibility to the EVF position; Zacuto state the native fixture resides too far forward and in turn, gets in wider framed shots. This rig can be simplified by switching out their Gratical EVF for the native screen; Zacuto recommend this setup with a Z-Finder to reduce the EVF footprint. To simplify further you can switch out the Baseplate for a QR Shoulder Pad, removing the immediate access to a 15mm rod setup. Due to the much more ergonomic approach Sony has taken with the FS7, few third party components are needed to get this camera up to spec. The separate handle and industry standard rods & thread up top alleviate the need for a cage, spine and relocated grip handle. The Zacuto VCT Universal Baseplate and Axis Mini are available now. So is a compatible Z-Finder (for now seek the Z-Finder Jr), but a mentioned flip frame design is yet to come.Read more
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