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Old October 2nd, 2002, 01:13 PM   #1
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What are these hand grips that improve camera work?
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 03:42 PM   #2
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they can be found on cavision's website.

they are very good for giving you more control. much like the grips by cinetech on the watchdog. The ones that I bought were really cost effective (around $90) and mount onto the 15mm carbonfibre support rails that mattebox mounts onto. I also have a support to take the weight of my zoom through wideangle adapter off of the lens mount (it's a heavy hunk of glass).

I personally prefer the added weight, feels more like a film 35mm camera and with the handgrips, gives me a lot more cinematic style of shooting than a lightweight handheld camera.

This is also why I still shoot most of my stuff with an XL-1... formfactor is very important to me, and directly related to how I manipulate the framing of my shots. I also have a GL-1 at my disposal, but the small size and lack of shoulder supports etc make it good as a second coverage cam on a tripod or jib only.

I also saw on cavisions site a cool minirail support system for the GL-1 that has a single handle on the bottom, kind of like an old kodak super8mm camera. As some of us know, if you stick a weight on the bottom of the handle, you get some surprisingly stable shots that way (same idea behind a steadycam/steadystick).

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Old October 2nd, 2002, 04:49 PM   #3
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Can you mount those grips without a matte box on an XL1s?
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 05:03 PM   #4
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yup. just need the rails and mount plate. I don't know the exact price, but it should be less than US$300 for a rails and grips combo. you can email them for a price sheet. talk to john anthony.

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Old October 2nd, 2002, 05:10 PM   #5
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the rails are a pretty standardzed piece of equipment. Only thing that'll change when you go to a different camera is the mount plate ($40 part).

there are a lot of accessories out there for the 15mm rod system. cinetech and stuff at XL-1.com use 15mm rods.
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 05:15 PM   #6
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And you can still control the zoom rocker and focus with the rails on?
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