I finally got my hands on the Viewfactor powered cage. I nabbed it when Curt Von Badiniski stopped by Birns and Sawyer for a demo of the unit. There is one two-pin Lemo powered input to feed the camera and multiple accessories. There are also a bunch of ¼-20 and 3/8-16 threads to mount accessories. I only had time to power the camera and an on board Marshall 6.5” monitor. The cage worked flawlessly and shows great promise to add plenty of AKS. There are three more two pin Lemo power out connections and an input for a Viewfactor on/off remote switch. In this case I used a 12V Anton Bauer Dionic battery. The Viewfactor Powered cage will retail for around $1K. C5D cameraman Chris Collins picked the music and hooked up the edit for this one.
I got the chance to interview Curt von Badiniski from Viewfactor. He is one HDSLR MAD Scientist. He has developed a wired and wireless follow focus system that uses the existing motor on the lens. This little puppy is going to retail for under $500. If you get two units they can be tethered via blue tooth to work as a wireless follow focus. He is also developing a hard mount HDMI-HD/SDI converter on camera. This will be a blessing to anyone who uses the AJA or Black Magic boxes. He has had a rough start but plans to make good on all of his past due units. There is a link on the Viewfactor Forum to address past issues with his previous wireless follow focus units. He has also agreed to let us give away this cool Canon 5D Mark II cage. So get out there and tweet to win. All you have to do is follow @viewfactor on Twitter. Copy the text in quotes below to win the non-powered Viewfactor Cage.
We will announce the winner June 3, 2010 via Twitter.
“Follow @viewfactor via @goforjared to win a Canon 5D MK II Contineo non-powered HDSLR cage check it at www.cinema5d.com”