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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gadget Bag: Steady Shooting

Versatile stabilization solutions that bridge the gap between stills and video

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iDC Quick-Release U-Boat
iDC's Quick Release U-Boat provides an accessory cage for HD DSLRs and smaller camcorders under 5x6 inches in height and width. The baseplate can be mounted to standard 3⁄8"-16 or 1⁄4"-20 tripods, and when secured to a tripod, the add-on, adjustable-length shoulder brace also doubles as a panhandle for panning and tilting. The system is compatible with the iDC SYSTEM ZERO Follow-Focus unit that's compatible with lenses from Canon and others. For the Canon EOS 7D and 5D Mark II, iDC also offers the Direct Mount U-Boat Video Rig that isn't quick release. List Price: $399 (Quick Release U-Boat); $349 (Direct Mount U-Boat).

Compatible with smaller video-capable DSLRs and weighing only 1.25 pounds, the ikan SUPER FLY Super Kit is part of ikan's Elements series, which means it can be customized with moviemaking tools like the F3 Friction Follow Focus unit for extremely precise and much more comfortable focusing. Available in 18 or 24 inches, the Gunstock Kit also can be added for steadying the camera against the crook of your arm. The SUPER FLY features two cheese plates and two six-inch 15mm rods for adding other mounts, grips, handles and accessories like flashes, large monitors and even microphones if recording sound. The system is designed for smaller video-capable DSLRs, and a SUPER FLY Spacer Kit adds space for larger models like the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV or camera bodies that have a battery grip attached for longer shooting times. List Price: Begins at $449.

Available separately, the Novoflex MMR uFLYand MMR BLUEBIRD can be combined into a full stabilization kit that's balanced on a variable friction ball-joint attachment with a quick-release platform. The three-sided support arm of the MMR uFLY allows you to hold the camera below or above, with long, Arca-compatible camera plates (and longer ones available) for sliding the camera into the best position for framing and for balance. The MMR BLUEBIRD adds more options, with a chest support and neck strap for more comfort and stability during long video takes and twin handgrips that work in tandem with the adjustable friction MagicBall joint for aligning the camera and accessories horizontally, vertically or anything in between. Estimated Street Price: $1,040 (MMR uFLY); $1,399 (MMR BLUEBIRD).

Redrock Micro DSLR Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle V2
Universal Bundles for DSLR cameras from Redrock Micro provide flexible kits that can be configured into multiple rigs. Currently available are seven different bundles, and the series culminates in the Complete Universal Bundle that includes every piece of gear needed for converting the kit into every HD DSLR rig configuration that Redrock Micro offers presently. List Price: Begins at $1,276.

The Zacuto DSLR Z-Cage is light and extensively modular. The DSLR handles are ergonomically designed for gripping with your fingers, and the system is quick-release and tripod-mountable. The Z-Cage is compatible with any video-capable DSLR currently on the market with or without battery grip, and the camera plate includes multiple threads for expanding the form factor from DSLR rig to shoulder-mounted support with optional accessories, which Zacuto offers in spades, including the Z-Focus follow-focus unit, and the optional Switronix HDSLR V-Mount Battery Pack for six times the standard run time of Canon OEM batteries and the Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote Trigger for the Canon EOS 7D and 5D Mark II. List Price: $827 (DSLR Z-Cage); $155 (Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote Trigger).

(877) 325-8542
(888) 722-6876
(807) 344-7153
iDC Photo Video
(928) 442-3903
ikan Corp.
(713) 272-8822
Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.)
(800) 735-4373
Redrock Micro
(888) 214-3903
(888) 294-FILM


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