by Tim Fok | 20th January 2016
Universal camera support continues with the Zacuto FS5 Recoil. Based around the VCT baseplate, the FS5 Recoil kit adds grip relocation, viewfinder stability as well as a loupe for the native screen for what Zacuto bill to be a perfectly balanced FS5 shoulder rig. The Ultimate FS5 Shoulder Rig It’s nice to see the FS5 Recoil officially announced, Zacuto has been teasing via social media for some time. Like all “recoiled” camera packages, Zacuto has addressed a handful of ergonomic challenges set by camera manufacture and refined them to add stability and universal support. There are a few package options for the FS5 Recoil (mostly surrounding your choice of monitoring). Here’s a list of the separate items. Zacuto VCT Universal Baseplate The heart of every Recoil system. As the name suggests it offers a VCT tripod plate mount on the bottom, as well as a soft shoulder pad and a short distance between camera mounting and rail support to ensure universal camera support. FS5 Top Plate Secures around the existing top handle, offering a few threads for mounting as well as a 15mm receiver on the front to mount the native FS5 monitor rod or Zacuto Axis Mini. FS5 Z-Finder Pro Usual Z-Finder feature list. Adjustable diopter, anti-fog coating, optics cap, however, this is slightly different to other Z-Finders in that it has an x2 magnification to account for the larger screen. It will flip up, and utilizes a very sturdy mount that attaches to the native FS5 rod or Zacuto Axis Mini. FS5 Grip Relocator This attaches to the baseplate via 15mm rod and relocates the native hand grip further down for perfect balance. Adjustment can be made to the length, as well as the twist of the rod—and full 360-degree rotation of the grip can be made via a ball joint. Sony FS5 Recoil Packages: Sony FS5 Z-Finder – $565.25 Free Top Plate ($125 value) Sony FS5 Recoil – $1282.50 Free VCT Tripod Plate ($300 Value) Includes VCT Baseplate, Grip Relocator, Top Plate, and Axis Mini. (Need to add Z-Finder or EVF like Gratical HD) Sony FS5 Z-Finder Recoil – $1425 Free VCT Tripod Plate ($300 Value) Includes VCT Baseplate, Grip Relocator, Top Plate, and Z-FinderRead more
by Tim Fok | 29th July 2015
Here’s a couple of kit tips for anyone looking to use Canon EOS Cinema cameras on gimbal systems like the MoVi and Ronin. I use the Movi M5 with Canon C100 and get asked a lot when posting pictures what I use to mate the grip to the gimbal, so I’ve decided to write an article to show users the necessary components to do this. The Canon EOS Cinema cameras are fantastic cameras to use on gimbals; compared to other camcorders in their class they are small & light. They also have the ability to remove and relocate the native grip handle providing full control over the cameras functions. Add to that the advanced Dual Pixel Auto Focus system and you have a fantastic single operator gimbal system. The same accessories can be used for pretty much any gimbal with a crossbar setup, whether it is one of the Freefly Movis, DJI Ronin etc, applying to both the C300 and C100 (both marks). You’ll need 3 bits of kit: The Zacuto ENG Grip Relocator, a Zacuto ZUD and a Manfrotto Nano Clamp. The ENG Grip Relocator is the core item, it goes between the camera body and grip handle enabling you to extending the reach up to 22”. It’s designed to mount to a pair of 15mm rods, but you can re-purpose its use by mounting to a single 15mm stud (The ENG Grip Relocator can rotate 90 degrees to enable different types of mounting). Zacuto aren’t the only ones to make 15mm studs. Redrock make the MicroSpud amongst a various others (Small Rigs on Amazon for you UK folk). I found the ZUDs work best however as they provide a 3/8” thread with adjustable collar to ensure there’s a strong mate. ¼” threads work also, but the larger thread is much more secure. The Manfrotto Nano clamp receives the thread of the ZUD and connects to the crossbar. I’ve tried and tested this with both Movi and Ronin crossbars; it fits both just fine. There’s plenty of other ways of doing this, you can play around with Freefly mounts and get the ENG Grip Relocator attaching without the need for the Nano clamp. However this is the most secure and quick release way I’ve found of doing it; Once setup it’s a two piece item, the ZUD stays permanently attached to the clamp, meaning only a single lever separates them both. There’s a couple of ways of improving it further. The older ENG grip relocator may ship with a standard lever, in which case you can order the ratchet lever separately (the ratchet lever is pictured throughout this article), enabling you to setup up tension in more confined spaces. The cable of the ENG Grip Relocator is pretty chunky; it’ll easily influence the balance of your gimbal if you’re not careful. I’ve found securing much of the excess length via the crossbar helps reduce the wires influence on balance. I do so by use of a ThinkTank Red Whip, these are useful on pretty much every single bit of kit you own one way or another; I’d recommend every shooter own a handful of these. Lastly is a tip I picked up from VidMuze that is specific to the Movi M5 and EOS Cinema Cameras. Switching out the 8” rods to 10” versions will give you more height for the top cage. Without the extra length cameras like the C100 won’t fit on the M5 without removing the top cage altogether.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 1st July 2012
This is one of Zacuto’s extremely useful inventions this year. A cable and mount to relocate all that camera control for the Canon EOS C300 We’ve been given an introduction to Zacuto’s new Recoil Rig, the Tornado handgrip follow focus & the C300 grip relocator in April (LINK) While we still don’t know when the cool Tornado Follow Focus will be out we have just received a release date for the new C300 grip relocator: It will start shipping on July 5th and take another 7-10 days from there. Grip Relocator only is $337.25 and can be ordered here: Grip Relocator with Zgrip Handle is $565.95 and can be ordered here: Europeans can get it at the Zacuto store. Well that is certainly not cheap for a cable and plug, but probably very worthwhile for C300 shooters. This also works for the Canon EOS C500 by the way.Read more
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