Tilta Nucleus-M – A Complete Wireless Lens Control System for Only $1200?

We have been surprised by the low price of Tilta’s intelligent camera accessories several times over the past years, but their newly announced Wireless Lens Control System steals the show. They offer a complete system with two wireless handles, two motors and a hand-unit for only $1200.

Tilta Nucleus-M

We came to know the quality of Tilta’s a7s II cage when we did our a7S II cage review. After that we saw their electronic cinema camera cages and lightweight gimbal last year. At NAB 2017 this year Tilta introduced the Tilta Nucleus-M, a new lens control system with a ridiculously low price. If the system is up to the kind of quality people expect from a professional lens control system is yet to be determined. What we know is that it had pretty solid performance at the show and some very interesting specs.

The hand-unit can connect to up to 3 motors, to control iris, focus and zoom of a lens. The device connects directly to motors and has a range of up to 2km, so it could be used on a drone. The handles are also wirelessly connected to the two motors that come in the kit and there’s an optional clamp to use them on gimbals.

For gimbal use this is certainly the kind of solution many people have been waiting for. The cable-less design lets you operate your lens focus without interfering with the gimbal. This is crucial, as a cable would affect the gimbal’s balance. Many other wireless lens control systems are very pricey and usually can’t be afforded by many of our readers, certainly the ones that offer the kind of quality you need for accurate operation. The aggressive pricing of the Tilta Nucleus-M might change that.

[UPDATE] The hand units are equipped with either one or two double-A batteries and Tilta tells us they last 4 days, not 4 hours as mentioned during the interview.

Even when not using a gimbal, a wireless thumb controller like the ones the Tilta Nucleus-M offers, can be a clever solution for focus and zoom on a documentary style handheld rig.

We’re looking forward to reviewing the Nucleus-M soon. Tilta is planning to launch it in July 2017.

Let us know what you think. Could a lens control system like this one make a difference for your productions?

 

 

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Noel Evans
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And looks a little like a weapon from ghostbusters!

Jaiden Huang
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Crazy price

Ian Dillon
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Nah. It’s a about time production gear manufacturers lower their prices. Just like Blackmagic killed all its competition by setting a new standard for post gear pricing, hopefully Tilta will put some of these other companies on notice.

Jaiden Huang
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should sell my DJI focus :-p

Idir Noa Mancer
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Ahaha I was looking that 👍

Adam Park
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Looks like parts of Terminator

Jonathan Seaborn
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Jean-laurence Seaborn 1200$ us
Iris,focus 2 handle remote!

Geordie Lillis
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Ioooohhhh

Patrice Gallion
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Wow, amazing price!

Sid Singh
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Saw this, def gunna rent at some point and try it out

Travis Hucek Anastassiou
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Looks like futuristic flint-lock pistols!

Cory Wires
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I am so glad I didn’t buy anything!!

Aakash Prashanth
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Oooooohh

Joseph Macedo
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Looks futuristic

Tom Reinbolden
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again, I am speechless, such a high price, wow

Kris Tait
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Such a high price? Are you kidding??

Robin Bertrand
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It’s work on the DJI Ronin ?

Mason Bennett
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Split it 3 ways ;)

Riley Heslop
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Still that’s USD 🙄

Gjorgji Kocovski
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Looks like Star Ship Enterprise communication device

 theo antoniou
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theo antoniou

If it works as advertised, other manufacturers are going to sit with a lot of stock on their shelves. Looking forward to a full test review.

Nils Holgersson
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Claudius Dobs hätten wir Ma gebraucht 😂 schön noch mehr Teile zum Schrauben und Akkus zum Laden aber 😁

Claudius Dobs
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Und noch mehr zum ein/aus-packen :)

Lee Ruthenberg
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Stop posting cinema5d on my facebook.

Chase Carlsen Bauer
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Holy shit, what a world. Seriously. I can’t believe how accessible this stuff is becoming 😍

Yannis Christoforou
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Yes, its a killer price. Hopefully cinema5D gets a demo unit for evaluation. Could you please invite a profesional focus puller that has experience with units like Arri, Bartech etc and give us his opinion, Thanx!

AJ Aguirre
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Ben Hamner Taylor Smith This is insanely awesome for that price

AJ Aguirre
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We can all go home now right? I mean, tilta just killed it

Mikel Taylor
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Yeah haven’t read all the specs

Leonard Defner
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release date july 2017 😂 more like july 2019. still waiting for the nucleus 3 which should have been released in 2015

 Luc Buelens
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Luc Buelens

I could see a red record button both on the handle and the base, would this be possible to use as some lanc start and stop recording on cameras ? That would be great bonus…

Bob Gilles
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OMG!

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A.I. Wintermute
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A.I. Wintermute

Very nice. But before I throw down $1200 on a pre-order, I would like to know how loud the motors are. We have seen cheap motorized follow focus systems before and they sound like an impact drill. This is only useful to a filmmaker if the they are quiet enough to use with dialog.

 Luc Buelens
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Luc Buelens

That’s indeed a good remark… i didn’t even think of !
Let’s wait and hear…

 Andy Burchett
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Andy Burchett

Is there any mention of being able to do a manual calibration for photo lenses or is it only auto calibration for cinema lenses?

 BOUNCE
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BOUNCE

If this is wireless, why does it need the lemo connectors on the motor units? I ask as this will prevent use on many smaller gimbals.

Jonathon Sendall
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Hey Bounce, the motors have probably got to be daisy chained and then possibly out to a battery on board. It’s the handles and fiz controller that don’t need battery or cable attachment. I’ve ordered so will probably test and publish soon.

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So its September now, when does that review come out? Did they even really lunch the product in July?

 Luc Buelens
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Luc Buelens

I’m curious to see a review of this product ! I’m waiting to buy untill i get some review… How does it handle ? How much time do the batteries last? How are the motors doing?? Are the motors making any noise ? There are so many things that could turn this fine product into a useless product…