Check out the Zacuto Trigger Arm system: its quick release design allows you easily pivots at the joints, allowing for convenient storage and ergonomics. Zacuto Product Designer Steve Weiss told Nino all about it at Cine Gear 2016 at Paramount Studios Hollywood. The battle for shoulder rig comfort continues. The new Zacuto Trigger Arm is the latest newcomer to an ever more populated market of accessories for cameras such as the Sony FS5, Sony FS7, and Canon Cinema line, whose usability benefits greatly from a good shoulder rig and grip arm. Nino has reviewed the Shape FS7 Extension Handle in a video review already, which is the closest match to this upcoming Zacuto product. The Zacuto trigger arm works by connecting the grip of your choice to their existing shoulder rig, allowing you to quickly pivot it out of the way with the flick of a knob. This means you can quickly set the camera on a flat surface, or even store your camera in a case or bag without having to remove the arm. The arms themselves are all slightly different depending on the camera they’re designed for, but what they all have in common is their multiple angle adjustments to give you just the position you need to stay comfortable during those long shooting days. The Zacuto Trigger Arm system can also be used with other arms, as the main connection is a standard 15mm rod. The Zacuto Trigger Arm will be available soon, and we will keep you updated with all the relevant links.Read more
The Sony FS7 is a very popular camera which comes in a shoulder-mount shape and form, straight out of the box, which often isn’t the case with cameras that didn’t get the third party rigging treatment. However, the built-in shoulder pad and handle aren’t perfect. The shoulder pad can’t be moved much to adjust for different balance points depending on the type of lens you use – a movable baseplate with built-in shoulder rig is required. Many manufacturers, including Shape, have come up with great solutions. My current baseplate of choice is the Zacuto Recoil baseplate for the FS7. The handle is another story – while the shape of the grip is actually perfect for larger hands like mine, the handle itself has always felt like something that was built before the design was perfected. The two big issues: a thumbscrew to attach the angle of the handle is cumbersome to operate while you have the camera on your shoulder, and having to use a screwdriver for the adjustment of the length of the handle is a downright usability nightmare. Canadian camera accessory maker Shape discovered this problem early on (and yes, this product has already been on the market for a while, but I just found it too good not to cover!). They made a replacement part for the upper part of the handle that gives you a push-button adjustment of the handle angle plus a thumbscrew for the length adjustment. And just like that, it becomes something you don’t want to miss from your FS7 ever again. The Shape FS7 Extension Handle allows for toolless handle adjustments. Shape FS7 Extension Conclusion If you have a Sony FS7 and film from the shoulder frequently, you should get the Shape FS7 handle extension. It’s as simple as that. It makes this great camera just more usable by thinking the concept until the end, something that Sony wasn’t able to do when they released the camera.Read more
The Vocas Spider System is an upcoming lightweight, portable and modular support system for DSLR’s and small factor camcorders. But how is it different from other solutions out there? There is something to be said about using the name Spider for a product name in the camera world. Perhaps the image of multileggedness is meant to invoke a sense of stability and versatility in the mind of the consumer or something. There is already a camera holster, and not one but two shoulder rigs for DSLRs, both by SHAPE and the oft-rebranded cheapo Spider Steady rig. Well, Vocas is the latest addition to the arachnid party, with a Spider system of their own. The Vocas Spider System provides multiple points of contact. At first glance, the Vocas Spider System shares a great similarity to the Zacuto Marauder foldable rig due to its compact, portable nature and rifle-style shoulder stock. However, Vocas goes a step further, as their system is not only portable, but also much more versatile. The core of the system is the Spider universal camera base, that serves as a hub to the system. Although it doesn’t feature a quick release system, it includes an anti-rotation pin, so installing the QR system of your choice shouldn’t be much of a problem. Underneath the baseplate is a tube that serves as an axle on which to attach the Vocas arms. These can be extended from 165mm to 235mm, and the ends provide standard rosettes on which to fasten the individual accessories. The accessories introduced in this system are the handgrip, the shoulder brace (rifle stock) and belly brace. These are rubberised for comfort and, due to their rosette connection to extendable arms, can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of body types. They are also compatible with Vocas’ wooden handles. Multiple configurations: basic, extension bar and two-handed. A longer Spider tube can also be attached under the baseplate to extend the length of the system horizontally and introduce, for example, a second handle for two-handed operation. A complete rig could in theory offer up to five points of contact (two handles, belly, shoulder and against your face if your camera has an eye cup) meaning it could certainly serve to reduce the micro jitters inherent to hand-held footage from smaller cameras. But the keyword here is “smaller”, as support systems that don’t provide a counter weight over the shoulder will inevitably cause your arm muscles to fatigue after a while when adding accessories like rods, matte boxes, follow focuses, longer lenses, etc. The Vocas Spider System will be available as a starter kit including a handle and shoulder brace for €795, with each additional arm at a price of €195 and extra handles and braces for €120. We hope to know more about this product, including materials, dimensions and weight, closer to its expected release date in July 2016.Read more
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
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Clayton Burkhart got some answers from Blackmagic regarding their newly announced Cinema Camera with MFT mount: Will it have Cineform RAW? Cineform RAW is a licensing issue. They have a relationship and are working on it. Pre-orders? People who have already pre-ordered can change the mount and their place in line will be respected. People who have already received can swap out their cameras no problem. The reason why they have announced at IBC, is to give folks the opportunity to still make the choice. Higher Frame rates? Higher frame rates is more of a technical challenge than anything else. They rule nothing out for firmware updates, but there is always a limit to the hardware. Higher frames rates is an issue not just because of the heat generated, but also because the SSD’s cant handle rhe read write speeds. That is a consequence of using an inexpensive non proprietary storage choice.Read more
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
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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