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
Zacuto has been working hard with a new line of products this year, a line we’ve seen snippets of throughout expo shows as earlier as NAB in April. All starting with their single universal baseplate, the next generation of recoil rigs caters for every camera from a Sony A7S to an Arri Amira. The DSLR revolution brought us many things and to avoid going out on a tangent I’ll only touch on one – choice. The abundant choice of lenses, the plethora of choice with shoulder rigs, choice of monitoring, focus, cases, grip. There was no longer a single formula for a cameraman’s kit. Making cameras that were much less setup for video as well as far cheaper meant people needed, and had money to spend on accessories. Zacuto excelled at being one of the go-to companies for camera ergonomics. But has almost been a victim of its own success at times with the sheer amount of choice available. With cameras becoming almost a disposable component in terms of price and shelf life, it was hard to justify paying 3 times more for a sparkly shoulder rig. Zacuto has looked to change that, developing their new recoil rigs from single universal items; it all starts with their baseplate. The baseplate is the heart to all the Recoil line, with a low profile and over 7″ of forward and aft adjustment, Zacuto state its compatible with every baseplate-able (flat based) camera on the market (sorry Barbie cam). The immediate positioning of dual 15mm rods at the front also ensures that the centre of gravity is kept on the shoulders of the operator, whilst retaining full compatibility with zoom, focus and matte box setups. All Recoil rigs then build from this. All use the same top handle, with a slightly different method of mounting according to your setup; for mirrorless and DSLR cameras there’s the half cage, and more specific lines (EOS C, Sony F etc..) most stem from a nato rail. We’ve touched on pretty much each of these items individually as they’ve surfaced this year, the newest example perhaps being the C100, which is a spine stretching over the existing handle to ensure a full bond with the camera body. Every Recoil rig uses the same handgrips that can be switched out for camera and/or focus control. the Zacuto hand grip allows full control of a huge range of cameras native menu control, as well as offering a separate one for DSLRs and a grip relocator for Canon C cameras with existing side handle. The Recoil grip for focus is a combination of the Tornado grip and Z-Drive to provide full control of focus without deterring the function of a handgrip for camera stability. Last is the option to add optics to your setup. Based on the Axis mount, you could add a Zacuto EVF, native camera monitor with loupe or the new Gratical EVF to ensure perfect eye positioning. Every part of the Recoil system is quick to add/detract, easy to adjust and is stable. Alleviating where ever possible the need for mounting via screw and thread, replacing with 15mm rods & twist levers. There’s no beating around the bush here, a fully rigged recoil rig is an investment, but the consolidation & streamlining of products means only a small amount of components are required to ensure the same rig is used between different cameras setups. This is great news for the modern day filmmaker that replaces camera setups faster than any other component, and also hire companies as it becomes a tangible package to hire out without the risk of the investment being too niche.Read more
Here we have 7 different EVF mounts, or viewfinder mounts, also used as monitor mounts. These dear pieces of equipment are utilized to hold your EVF in the correct place when working with a handheld rig. Not all of them are great. Here’s a review that shows you the functionality and usefulness of each of the devices.Read more
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