Kickstarter, the crowd funding platform, has some interesting product concepts for HDSLR filmmakers every now and then. Here’s an intriguing idea by a fellow film student from NYU who teamed up with his neighbor Harry to produce a follow focus that uses the technology of bike brake systems. Cool and it seems to be a possible alternative to Zacuto’s Tornado hand-focus. The price of $799 seemed high at first, but on a second thought this is a full handheld rig. What we don’t know is how good it is, how well and accurate focus can be controlled. I’m sure a review will come out sooner or later if you’d rather not gamble on the quality. Go to their page to order a Snap Focus: LINKRead more
by Clint Milby | 16th November 2011
Great news to anyone who owns a Vocas product! They will be holding their very own picture contest in which you are the subject, along with your favorite Vocas product, of course. So grab your camera and any Vocas gear, because this is your chance to win their newest wooden handgrip kit that has yet to be released. Here’s some background on the contest from Vocas: Nothing thrills us more than to see our customers enjoy our products in the field.That’s why we have decided to create a picture contest in which our customers can show off their gear and talent. So if you have Vocas products and are shooting somewhere, make a picture of it! This picture could be worth one of our upcoming wooden handgrip kits valued at roughly 700,- Euros. The best picture we receive will win one of these highly anticipated handgrip kits as a grand price. Specific details of this contest: The deadline for submitting pictures is the 29th of February 2012 The winner of the contest will be chosen by Vocas on the 15th of March from all submissions based on quality and originality. Multiple submissions per person are allowed, but only 1 picture can be submitted per submission. The sender of the winning picture will receive the grand price, in this case the wooden handgrip kit. The Vocas Contest rules apply and can be found here. This picture could be worth one of our upcoming wooden handgrip kits valued at roughly 700,- Euros. The best picture we receive will win one of these highly anticipated handgrip kits as a grand price. You can see the full rules and regulations for the contest here, and can sign up here. Find out more about Vocas at www.vocas.comRead more
We reported about the Vocas high quality gear rings last month, but I’m not getting tired to see more of their stuff. It might be more expensive than cheaper gear, but what’s amazing about this companies products for me is that their gear is trustworthy, durable and versatile so it will survive the generations of our equipment. The wooden handgrip is definitely a luxurious product, but it’s so useful as well. I’ve never felt so much control instantly over a camera rig. The new mattebox is a compact, lightweight solution for large lenses if you don’t wanna take a big Arri or Chrosziel version with you. And the “shoulder support underneath” as it’s called here brings what the rear end Vocas shoulder pad did over to cameras like the FS100 or F3. It allows the cameras to sit on your shoulder as opposed to in front of your face. So if you’re looking for balance in a rig this is definitely the item that will get you there more easily. No word on when these things will be available, but it looks like the shoulder support is already in stock. Prices by Bas Ladru (Vocas): Wooden Handgrip: about 500€ Mattebox: about 800€ – 900€ Shoulder Support: about 275€ Get more Vocas stuff here B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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