*** I have been using the new iPhone 4 to shoot these quick takes. Please excuse the auto everything until we get the kinks worked out. Thanks, Jared
Chrosziel makes some killer accessories for HDSLR work. Here is a Quick Take on some of the gear they make. The DSLR baseplate has a lip to prevent the camera from shifting. This is adjustable and will work with many cameras. The tie down is a huge blue knob. This makes it very easy to take the camera on and off the baseplate.
Chrosziel also makes a great lens gear. It has a nice adjustment knob and can be re-sized to work with any lens. The two stage MB 456 mattebox has a carbon fiber “look”. I’m not sure why they went this direction, but so be it. The mattebox has two rotating stages and will work with either 4 x 4 or 4 x 5 filters.
The mattebox also has an awesome rubber bellows that expands to fit multiple lenses. This is one of the best bellows systems I have seen yet. The follow focus was shown in another quick take and is rock solid. There is also a nifty dovetail on the bottom of the baseplate that works with their DV-Balancer hand held rig. It all looks very solid and well thought out. It’s great to see a major player like Chrosziel embracing the HDSLR movement. The gear is not cheap. Click Here for a list of pricing in Euros from the Chrosziel site. 16 x 9 INC sells it here in the US.
Zacuto Z-Finder Junior
Arri MFF-1 Follow Focus
Here are a couple “Quick Takes” on the Arri MFF-1 Mini Follow Focus and The Zacuto Z-Finder Junior. The Arri MFF-1 is one of the best follow focus units money can buy. It has adjustable rotation, great for Canon glass. The gear can be reversed, great for Nikon glass. The Z-Finder junior is is also a great tool for HDSLR shooters. We shot these with the new iPhone 4 and cut it with the iMovie App on the iPhone 4. I plan on doing a few more of these this week. Let me know if there is any gear that you would like to see in a “Quick Take” in the comments section.