by Tim Fok | 18th August 2015
Zacuto has added the C300 Mark II to its list of Recoil compatible cameras, most notably is the bespoke Top Helmet Kit that in time will no doubt become a must buy component for C300 Mark II owners. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Zacutos Recoil philosophy by now; a system made up of mostly universal parts providing a perfectly balanced rig for your shoulder. It’s achieved by having a wide adjusting fore and aft motion on the top and bottom of the camera setup to ensure you can distribute the weight of the camera correctly on your shoulder. This differs from most shoulder rigs in the fact that the camera sits a lot further back on your frame, requiring no counter weight but at the same time requiring additional components for camera control (cameras often sit far enough back that as a single user it can be difficult to operate the native buttons). For the Canon EOS Cinema systems this is simply a case of relocating the native handgrip further forward, and along with the usual VCT Universal Baseplate and rod extender this is easily achieved on the C300 Mark II. The main talking point for this package is the Top Helmet and Quick Release Handle. Canon boasts a big improvement on the C300 Mark II top handle. Users of the original C300 and C100 will confirm this was/is a big weak spot of the cameras. The new camera actually has a helmet and the top handle has two solid points of contact to ensure much sturdier mount than previous. The drawback, it’s no longer quick release! It now requires an allen key with bolts in a difficult spot to remove the handle. Here’s where I can see alternatives like the Zacuto C300 Mark II Helmet Kit fitting into every C300 Mark II users camera bag. No one is going to faff around attaching/removing that handle every time they want to shoot. The Helmet is really the only bespoke part to the C300 Mark II Recoil. All other parts rely on the universal nature of the system (VCT Universal Baseplate, Canon Grip Relocator, Axis Mini, Top Handle). Zacutos offering goes a step further than the native helmet, mounting via 4 points of contact to ensure solidity. If you want to see the C300 Mark II Recoil in action, check out the below video where Jon Sagud from Canon catches up with Steve and Jens from Zacuto.Read more
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
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