LOKI is a pocket-sized multi-purpose rig that transforms into a Shoulder Rig, Cage, Underslung Rig and Dolly. UK based creators Scratch Ideas are hosting a Kickstarter campaign to get the project off the ground. The base unit of LOKI folds down to a size similar to that of a DSLR battery grip; this is grounds to make up the majority of the LOKI shoulder rig & underslung rig and with a couple more components you can build the cage and 4-wheeled dolly. LOKI as a shoulder rig has a 20kg weight limit, and all joints are made from aluminium rosettes for ease of adjustment: “We included serrated steel locking plates on all the joints to offer loads of articulation, but more importantly, to ensure that once your rig is set-up, it will not move or slip. “ The shoulder rig module offers two 15mm rods for standard accessories and the cage offers an array of additional 1/4 20″ threads for further mounting. The dolly configuration requires two wheeled axles and takes advantage of LOKIs quick release rosette system. Here’s a look at all the available components and pricing for the LOKI: Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of an all-in-one rig; they often fall short in most departments as a subsequent of attempting to do everything. Stability is always on my mind with these kind of things, especially with something that folds so small; a 20kg payload is re-assuring however. Having said that, LOKI will no doubt appeal to a certain kind of filmmaker; one that packs very light and perhaps more budget conscious. The latter is perhaps surprising as the LOKI isn’t exactly cheap on first review, however when considering the costs of each individual configuration the cost starts to make sense. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.Read more
by Kevin Alexander | 2nd March 2015
Edelkrone has announced updates to two of their products that are worth checking out. First, there is the new Pocket Rig 2, a compact camera rig ideal for run and gun scenarios. Pocket Rig 2 It may be a little bulky to actually fit in your pocket, but for good reason. A support arm folds out from underneath the baseplate. It’s fully adjustable and allows you to comfortably shoot from the shoulder or even the hip. They’ve also included industry standard 15mm rods that unfold from the other side. You can easily attach a follow-focus and matte box. The rods even extend about 7 inches (18cm), providing ample space for all of your accessories. A standard 1/4 inch tripod connection hole allows the entire rig to be attached to a tripod. This would come in very handy in hectic environments when one must quickly alternate between handheld shooting and working off the tripod. I can definitely see how run and gun DSLR shooters will appreciate this tool, especially those who frequently travel. Larger rigs often take up a lot of space in gear bags, but this compact rig easily fits into a small camera bag. They also take a few minutes to set up. In a run and gun scenario those few minutes equal missed shots. When I’m shooting I don’t always need a large rig, but I can’t remember how many times I wished I had something smaller that gets the job done. The Pocket Rig 2 is an ideal fit for someone who doesn’t need the bulk of a larger rig, and just wants something to help get that stable shot. And for $289 it’s quite the deal. Pocket Skater 2 The second product Edelkrone has released is the Pocket Skater 2. Weighing in at only 1 pound, this little device is basically a compact dolly for a DSLR. But it doesn’t just move in a straight line. It has 3 wheels that fold out and allow for curved slides. This little device really grabbed my eye. I like small pieces of gear that provide extra production value. When you look at a shot that used the Pocket Skater 2, you can’t tell that it was produced with such a small device. You think it’s shot with a dolly. The Pocket Skater 2 is priced at $249. Not bad for a dolly that fits in your camera bag. The Pocket Rig 2 is available for $289 HERE Pocket Skater 2 is available for $249 HERE POCKET RIG 2 TECH SPECS Folded Size: 5.7 x 2.3 x 2.3 inches (147 x 60 x 60mm) Weight: 1.5 pounds (.725Kg) Compatibility: All DSLR’s & cameras with 1/4” – 20 thread (Optimized for DSLR’s) Mount: 1/4” – 20 on top and 1/4” – 20 on bottom Support arm length: 11.4 inches (290mm) Locking mechanism: Constant friction, knob-less joints for hinge tensio n adjustment Materials: CNC machined aluminum, heavy duty construction and stainless steel screws POCKETSKATER2 Tech Specs Folded Size: 2.1 x 5 x 1.8 inches (55 x 127 x 47mm) Weight: 1 pound (.5 kg) Carrying capacity: Up to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) Mount: 1/4” – 20 on top Wheel radius: 1.5 inches (39 mm) Flex-Tilt Head Rotation Angle: 360 degrees Min. camera height (from ground to camera base): 3 inches (77 mm) Max. camera height (from ground to camera base): 5.5 inches (140 mm) Materials: CNC machined aluminum construction with delrin components; Stainless steel screws & rubber wheel ringsRead 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 a company that really nailed it in terms of their designs. They go a step further than the normal HDSLR rig designers and produce things like a camcorder shaped rig with a strap, a follow focus that is targeted at the shooter, rather than the puller also offering a handle extension and their famous pocket rig looks like a HDSLR must at a price of $299. I’m sure you’ve seen this company before, but I haven’t had a chance to see their products up close yet. Their sales English isn’t perfect, but their rigs and innovative designs convinced me to follow their products more closely in the future. You can only get the Edelkrone products at their website:Read more
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