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
by Sebastian Wöber | 3rd October 2014
The Benro System Go is a new tripod that can be transformed into a slider and many other setups on the go. Benro is a manufacturer of photo and video support gear. Their newest product is this hybrid transformer-style photo tripod / slider that can also be converted into several other setups. Some of which seem practical on paper, but rather questionable in real life as promoted in the video below. The part when it becomes a handheld rig is quite enjoyable: The Benro System Go will be available early next year. There has been no pricing announced yet.Read more
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