NAB2001: CineTech HipCam

My friend Karl Horn of CineTech was back at NAB this year, showing off improvements to his various high-end professional shooting accessories. Everything in this photo is his own invention except for the XL1 and lens. Karl is showing how easy it is to go dutch.

Follow-focus extension handles on both sides allow you to adjust focus while keeping a grip on the support handles. The shoulder support with adjustable handles is $1350 USD and the Hipcam complete (without matte box, eyebrow or lens bellows) is $2350 USD.

Karl demonstrates for a gathering crowd the versatility of his Hipcam system. The lower support rod takes the full weight of the camera, allowing you to move the viewfinder away from your face and put the camera into a combination tilt/dutch angle.

The shoulder support base includes a tripod mounting plate.

Count 'em... yes, this is a four-stage matte box. Enough filters for you?

The Watchdog notes: Please be advised that I've tested none of the products on this page personally, and have not had business relations with any of the aforementioned companies. Proceed at your own risk... these images are meant only to give you an idea of what's available out there, and should not be construed in any way as a product endorsement. If you do contact a company based on what you see here, please tell them the XL1 Watchdog sent you (I could really use the reference). For information concerning Watchdog product reviews, manufacturers are invited to contact me directly at


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