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Here’s an unusual little product designed to mount several different accessories. The Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter features sixteen 3/8? female threads, comes with 6 rods each with multiple 1/4? & 3/8? female threads, and comes with a set of 1/4-20 to 3/8 Male|Male threaded adapters.
Should be a good way to mount a bunch of stuff over a light stand, tripods, or rigs. Excellent accessory to pair up with variable friction arms. It’s a bit unconventional but I think the parts alone are worth more than it’s retail price of just $19.99 + FREE Shipping. Find it (HERE).
Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter w/ 1/4-20 + 3/8? Threads + 6 Rods for Accessories
We all love the ease with which you can achieve dynamic shots with a slider. There are countless models from as many manufactures that you can choose from. One big complaint I have with most sliders is the inability to control the resistance. There are a few sliders on the market that employ some sort of friction or flywheel system to help to improve the control of a slider move, but they have their drawbacks.
Italian gear maker, Smart Systems has tackled this problem with their newest slider, the Smartslider Reflex. The Smartslider Reflex claims to be the first slider to employ a fluid drag system. Much like the smooth a consistent control afforded by a quality tripod head, the Smartslider Reflex offers a similar level of repeatable control.
The Smartslider Reflex is available in 3 sizes.
Smartslider Reflex 410, with its 410 mm of stroke is the shortest one. It’s the best choice for all the videomakers that need to work in small spaces and have to reduce the size of its equipment. It’s the ideal slider to make wedding videos also because it can be fixed on a single tripod.
Smartslider Reflex 560, with its 560 mm of stroke. It’s the best compromise in terms of stoke and portability. It’s the perfect slider for all the videomakers that need portable equipments but with a stroke slightly longer than the shorter one.
Smartslider Reflex 800, with 800 mm of stroke is the longest one. It’s very portable also because it weights only 2.2 kg, but it needs two fixing supports to work at best.
There’s a full set of accessories
Set up your Smartslider Reflex on every surface, also the most irregular one, is a piece of cake thanks to the Smartslider Reflex Outrigger Feet, the useful additional Smartslider Reflex feet.
Take advantage of the Smartslider PRO Padded bag or of the Smartslider PRO/Reflex Hard Case.
Every Smartslider Reflex can be motorized with the DigiMOTOR Reflex kit to make high-precision ultrasmooth movements or amazing slow-motion and time-lapse.
The industrial motor inside the DigiMOTOR Reflex case can do both ultrasmooth slow movements and fast sliding also in vertical: the speed range goes from 0.08 mm/s to 80 mm/s.
Motorize your Smartslider Reflex and you’ll be able to make beautiful time lapse with your slider
The Flex-Tilt Head is a simple problem solver
I really need to get my hands on the compact Flex-Tilt Head form Edelkrone. It looks like the perfect little problem solver that can easily live in your kit. The Flex-Tilt Head is made of machined aluminum, delrin and stainless steel and has an elegant design that we’ve come to expect from Edelkrone. With the load capacity of 5.5 lbs., the Flex-Tilt Head is a perfect companion for HDSLRs, GoPros, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and mirrorless cameras like the GH4 and A7s.
Folded Size: (L x W x H) 3.3 x 3.7 x 1.06 inches (85 x 95 x 27mm)
Weight: 0.405 kg
Carrying Capacity: up to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
Mount: 1/4 compatible cameras are mountable on top, 3/8 mounting hole below
Materials: CNC machined aluminum construction with delrin components and stainless steel screws
Defy has officially announced the G2X, a lightweight gimbal designed for mirrorless and small DSLRs that when inverted allows balancing without a stand.
The G2X is Defy’s smallest and lightest gimbal stabilizer. Weighing 4.5lbs with a load capacity of 3.5lbs. It is designed for use with mirrorless and small DSLR cameras.
The Defy can operate in two modes, standard and inverted. It will recognize which mode you require by sensing the orientation, a great feature is that in inverted mode the top handle is designed in a way that will support the device, alleviating the need for a stand when balancing.
Ports for remote and throttle pan/tilt control are present for use with Defy accessories for taking control of the gimbal in both single and dual operator setups.
Battery life is around 120 minutes of continuous use, you get two of them as standard which is nice, plus the whole package ships in a hard case.
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Sony listened to users and developed something completely new with the FS7, an ergonomic camera.
Yet despite their efforts there’s always going to be points for improvements, this article looks at how which manufactures offer what, to make the FS7 a more shooter friendly camera.
The Sony has hit the ground running with the FS7, elaborating on the popular and affordable high framerate Sony FS700, adding 4K internal recording, a much stronger XAVC codec and perhaps most surprisingly for Sony, far better ergonomics.
A specification list seemingly always comes first with a Sony large sensor camera; the FS700 and FS100 are…. a challenge to operate. The FS7 is a different beast, a shorter body, removable viewfinder and handle make it far easier to operate out of the box; Sony really listened to users with the need for ergonomics.
However, there’s always room for improvement (at least that’s what every retailer I’m about to talk about will tell you). The shoulder pad was a great idea, but sits quite far back and lacks adjustment therefore is not ideal in many situations. The solution? Well there are a few, loads in fact considering the camera was only announced in September.
Here we’ll take a look at what’s currently on offer.
Price range $585 – $1200
We’ve talked a lot about Zacutos Next Generation Recoil Rigs in the recent past. Fresh out of the factory and boasting capability with pretty much every camera setup there is; the FS7 is no exception.
The only problem with a perfectly balanced (with no counter balance weight) system is quite often the camera sits back on your shoulder, meaning you have to reach back to make settings changes. With the supplied FS7 handle, this is less of a problem. Simply mount a rosette to the baseplate and you’re ready to go.
A Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado relocates focus control also if you want to bring your left hand further down too.
Price range $938 – $2,350
A top cheeseplate offers a whole host of threaded mounting points for various accessories, including the existing handle if you require, or an improved rotating Wooden Camera option.
The top handle connects via popular Nato quick release, and offers cold shoe, 15mm and 19mm compatibility for accessories.
The FS7 Quick Base offers two 15mm rods up front, and can accommodate another two on the rear for further mounting (more on that shortly).
The baseplate adheres to the Arri dovetail plate meaning compatibility with existing shoulder rigs etc. is quick and easy; I love how much fore and aft adjustment you get with this setup.
Lastly the Pro system from Wooden Camera takes advantage of two rear facing 15mm rod connectors on the baseplate, offering a battery plate to attach V-lock sized batteries.
Price range $399 – $2285
The Shape Rig returns to a shoulder rig orientated design. Offering a baseplate with a nice shoulder pad, 15mm rods to the front and rear as well as a dropped down handle for the left hand side. The right side makes way for Sonys existing handle, offering a rosette to accommodate this.
As you can see from the pictures, due to the placement of the camera and shoulder pad, this rig will easily become front heavy, so best compatible with users adopting a v-lock battery system or the raw recorder to counter balance.
Shape has also developed a lightweight baseplate solution for the FS7. Supplied with dual 8? long 15mm rods, rosettes on both sides and a delta plate on the bottom for use with VCT style plates minus the rear-locating pin.
Price range $990 – $7000
The Movcam FS7 rig benefits from a half cage style design, running up the back of the dumb side of the camera, offering a host of threads as it goes and protecting the EVF cable connection.
The baseplate is split into two parts, the bottom offering a standard VCT connection & dual 15mm rods, and the top a more compact Arca-Swiss dovetail mount. The connection between the two offers moderate fore and aft adjustment of the camera setup; the slim dovetail mount means you can add a shoulder pad for shoulder setups.
Arri rosettes can be found on both sides of the baseplate to accommodate the Sony FS7 handle. The half cage also providing one on the dumb side to enable a rear mounted handle setup.
On the top, a 15mm rod connection point and rod adds some adjustment to the current FS7 viewfinder. There’s also an option to remove the existing handle with a threaded-out Movcam equivalent that stretches the length of the setup.
Lastly to mention is the neat little adjustable lens mount support. Between Sony E and Canon EF there’s often a tiny amount of play (a popular lens solution for FS7 users), and this support just firms that connection up.
Price range $745 – $1900
The Vocas FS7 has similarities to both Wooden Camera and Movcam solutions. Primarily designed for tripod use, but by using existing common plates it’s compatible with a host of other setups including shoulder pads and rigs.
The baseplate takes the curved shape of the underside of the FS7. Like many here it offers dual 15mm rods up front and a rosette on either side for use with the FS7 handle and popular Vocas wooden ergonomic handles. In order to keep the profile of the plate thin, rods do not pass through and instead a separate small module is used to connect 15mm rods at the rear.
Price range $700 – $2800
The Tilta rig for FS7 is the most cage-like setup I’ve discussed so far. Expanding up from a baseplate across the front of the camera, serving as a front armour and offering many threads for mounting accessories.
A top half cheeseplate does as many others in this list do, but rather than stretch the entire surface area of the top of the camera, the Tilta plate resides only around the sides meaning the top handle stays put.
A back top plate piggy backs existing mounting threads and hangs a battery plate down the back on the camera for V-Lock solutions.
The baseplate also equipped with dual 15mm rods and rosettes houses a curved shoulder pad.
The pad sits pretty far back on the rig however, so like the Shape rig would be recommended for use with a V-lock battery or two (or a lot of rear counter balance).
Like the Movcam, the Tilta rig also has an adjustable lens mount support, and also has the option to upgrade the system to accommodate larger 19mm rods.
Whilst the philosophy of each of these rigs is very much the same, each design is fairly different from the next. Due to the modular nature of the Sony FS7, manufacturers have chosen which parts to improve and which parts to leave alone. Only the user can decide which works best in any situation. In many, a combination of any of the above can often be the best solution.
It’s quite likely I’ve missed an FS7 solution, or in a day/week/month another comes out that is equally as useful. Please do share any rigs and setups you’ve seen that make the FS7 an ergonomically better camera.