Did you’ve ever wonder how to reduce the weight of your camera package even more? You might consider looking into the freshly announced RodRocket modular 15mm rods, manufactured by Italian company Lockcircle. The LockCircle RodRocket Just a few months ago, in May 2016, LockCircle announced a modular 15mm rod system called the RodRunner which was designed to build a rod system of the desired length according to your setup. Very neat! Now, at IBC 2016, LockCircle’s Dante Cecchin has come up with an interesting upgrade: the RodRocket. The RodRocket is made out of grade 5 titanium, which makes it very durable but very lightweight at the same time. With the help of surgical tools, the company managed to drill precision holes into the rod segments in order to keep the weight down while maintaining strength and durability. Actually, the weight of the RodRocket rods are almost on the level of carbon fiber rods. You can build your own set by purchasing the starter kit and the extension kit but you can buy individual segments or end caps, too. It’s a completely customizable system. RodRocket starter kit (left) and extension kit (right) Another thing Dante mentions is the ability to attach accessories to the rod itself as the drilled holes could act as a mounting point as well. We’ll see how manufacturers adapt to this new possibility of attaching their products to the rods without being afraid of having them rotating or come loose on the rods. Prices and availability The starter kit starts at $269 (249 €) without the end caps and $339 (319 €) with them included. The extension kit is $349 (329 €). The single parts range from $39 (36 €) for an end cap, rod joint or the 1″ piece, and up to $84 (79 €) for the 2″ inch rod and $99 (96 €) for the 3″ rod. All of this is available as of now. Make sure to visit Lockcircle’s website for all the details. What do you think about these fancy looking rods? Might this be your next thing in your toolbox? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
Once in a while I find myself struggeling with a very common piece of gear: the 15mm rod. Either they are too long or too short for the given task. The Italian company Lockcircle seems to be dedicated tackling this problem with their freshly announced Lockcircle RodRunner. The Lockcircle RodRunner system There you go! The concept of combining different rod lengths is not new but this new concept by Lockcircle looks very promising due to its compact size and well thought out kit approach. The company is known for their well-built products and this new product is no exception: Entirely mastercrafted with Genuine 5 Titanium, CNC machined and calibrated from billet titanium bars for a long lasting quality and toughness! Lockcircle RodRunner – starter kit With the starter kit you’ll get everything you need in order to build your own custom 15mm rod: 6 rod element (2 x 1″ | 2 x 2″ | 2 x 3 “) 4 rod joints 4 rod caps With a little bit of math you can easily create rods up to 11″ (if you ever need that) with 1″ increments. With this set you should be covered for every task you could imagine regarding rod support. Just one 2″ rod for attaching a handle? No problem. Another 5″ rod for an one-sided follow focus? No problem, either. If this still doesn’t cater for your needs, there’s more. Lockcircle offers an extension set for the DIY guy in you. Lockcircle RodRunner – extension set With that, you’ll get even more possibilities, especially when you need longer rods for your type of setup. The extension set contains: 6 rod elements (2 x 2″ | 4 x 3″) 4 rod joints I think this would be a great addition to my gear bag. No more rods flying around somewhere either being too long or too short (or untraceable). All you need is one well-ordered case with eveything in it in terms of rod support. If you want more, get a second case and you’re all set. Very nice! Pricing and availability Although there’s a little bit of time left as delivery of the RodRunner sytem is scheduled for June 25th, the starter kit and the extension set are listed in the company’s own online shop for $179 each (you have to scroll down a little bit). They are also available for pre-order through B&H. Learn all about the Lockcircle RodRunner system on their dedicated micro site.Read more
If there is one thing that filmmakers need on top of a great camera and lens, then it is great camera accessories. The first step is a camera cage. Especially a photo-style camera-body like the famous Sony A7s deserves an appropriate housing to become a perfect tool. But what is the best Sony A7s cage? We reviewed 6 A7s cages and will fill you in on the good, the bad and the ugly. Review by Johnnie Behiri & Sebastian Wöber Why a camera cage? In the age of small cinema cameras the camera cage has become the most popular accessory by now. Matteboxes, handheld rigs, follow focus units, it’s all passé. Now the camera cage is what’s trendy and there are several good reasons why it’s the first thing to get: Cages provide mounting points (standard threads and coldshoes) so you can mount accessories They securely lock the micro-HDMI cable in place when you use the HDMI feed (for external 4K recording) They protect the camera They usually come with a handle, so it’s easier to carry your rig They make you feel more professional :) Why this A7s cage comparison? Because not every cage is equally useful. Actually the differences between cages and their functionality is huge. We wanted to know what the best Sony A7s cage is for our own work and we wanted to let our readers in on the pro’s & con’s of all the cages. So now there will be no reason to order a Sony A7s cage blindly. Here are the best cages for the A7s reviewed. The way we did it The cinema5D team (Johnnie, Nino and Seb) worked with all the cages (a few each) over the course of several months. At the end we sat together and went through all the cages, made remarks, tried them again and rated each aspect that we found important according to our experiences with them. The aspects we rate: HDMI cable protector quality Access to other outputs on the side Ease of assembly and disassembly How securely is the camera attached to the cage? Possible to use the Sony XLR-K2M audio module? Access to the lens release button Baseplate mount quality Rod support quality Handle design Overall ergonomics Conclusion The ratings we give: This is pretty straight forward. Basically we used the traffic-lights system and gave a rating to each aspect. Double-green: In some rare cases we decided to give a double-green rating for outstanding performance. Green: The product performs as it should. Orange: There are some issues, but it’s ok. Red: The product didn’t live up to our expectations. Double-Red: Something is wrong here and should be addressed by the manufacturer. The cages we reviewed Simply click on the name of the product to get to the review page or find the conclusion at the end of this article. Products reviewed in alphabetical order. IndiPRO Tools Thor a7S Cage LockCircle BirdCage A7 Movcam Cage for Sony a7S Motionnine CubeCage for Sony a7S Skier LiteCage for A7 Varavon Armor II a7S Cage GO TO PAGE 2 → Links to each A7s Cage Review: Page 1: Introduction Page 2: IndiPRO Tools Thor a7S Cage Page 3: LockCircle BirdCage A7 Page 4: Movcam Cage for Sony a7S Page 5: Motionnine CubeCage for Sony a7S Page 6: Skier LiteCage for A7 Page 7: Varavon Armor II a7S Cage Page 8: WinnersRead more
PrimeCircle is an italian company that rehouses Zeiss photo lenses to make them more cinema capable at a price lower than real cinema lenses. The rehousing adds sturdiness and ergonomics. (Watch our in-depth video story on their project which we shot at NAB last year). Today PrimeCircle announced the making of a “Silver Series” especially crafted for the Blackmagic Production Camera.Read more
We’ve been reporting about LockCircle’s “Prime Circle” cine EF lenses at NAB 2012 (LINK) and the new and innovative sliding Mattebox that was recently released. They extend their range of rehoused Zeiss lenses to make them film-compatible with the 15mm f2.8 lens, a high performance extreme wide angle lens that was released earlier this year with some stunning specs (LINK).Read more
LockCircle is finally done with their nice, compact & professional sliding mattebox. We’ve been reporting exclusively about LockCircle’s “Prime Circle” cine EF lenses at NAB 2012 (LINK) and were given the chance to take a look at it there. See the full video on said coverage below.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Here’s one of the most intriguing new products we’ve seen at NAB 2012: The PrimeCircle cine EF lenses. Italian based product designer and lens modifier Dante Cecchin had been working in cinematography for a long time when the HDSLR revolution changed the way we looked at cinema. Driven by the need for HDSLR cine primes Dante modified high quality Zeiss ZF glass into cinema lenses and started a production.Read more
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