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Old February 18th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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What's this rig?

Can you someone let me know what this rig is on the EX1?

I'd be interested in something like that for some handheld stuff I'm workin on.

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Old February 18th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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The company is called Zacuto

Redrock M2 Handheld Operation with the Zacuto Universal Camera Support Systemô

http://www.zacuto.com/
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Old February 18th, 2008, 05:47 PM   #3
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you can read Phil Bloom's post on his blog where he reviews the Zacuto and other shoulder supports. Be prepared to spend an arm and a leg if you buy the Zacuto stuff. While I don't doubt the quality of the stuff, you could easily spend half (or more) than an EX-1 on Zacuto accessories.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #4
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I have a zacuto base plate, hand held configuration, and arm - and love it. Great quality, well built, solid. Yes - expensive - but so is everyone else - like RED accessories or Arri, etc...

However, you have to ask yourself - will it save you time and money and give you shots that you would not be able to get otherwise. It's the cost of doing business. I dropped around $3000.

On the good side, it is a universal kit, so when you move up in cameras, you can use this same set up. The arms are $200- $300 for quick release, but considering screwing in attachments and the waste of time or lost shot, one stock shot will pay for the arm.

I highly recommend them if you can afford them. I figure I will be using this gear for many many years so over time its not so bad.

Besides, what's one or 2 months mortgage or rent on cool gear that will make you money - plus you can write it off!
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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #5
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If you want something similar but cheaper, I recommend the Varizoom alternative (from site sponsor Abel):

http://abelcine.com/store/product.ph...4&cat=0&page=1

I just used this for 3 weeks of all-day shooting with my EX1 and it was quite comfy and durable.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #6
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Apples and Oranges... Zacuto can mount a matt box, arms, and be handheld, as well as tripod without the arms. So it really matters on what you are doing... $600 bucks for handheld only is not much cheeper than Zacuto that allows you to mount a mattebox, arms, etc... with or without hand held. Choose the best app for what you are shooting. I do not see much savings with hand held only without mattbox.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #7
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Here is another great option and even a lower cost to consider.
Again, apples and oranges but at a great "produce" price.
The all hands on camera can be quite "handy" for control too.
http://www.vortexmedia.com/EX1DVD/VSB1.html
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Old February 19th, 2008, 03:32 AM   #8
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here's another one ...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...TODAY.m238.lVI
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