I have been looking into the 101 different DLSR support systems available (even found a RedrockMicro immitation from India), by Zacuto, RedrockMicro, Cinevate, DVTec, PAG, Varizoom and Bushhawk. I have been in touch with people owning these kits and, since i have some experience with a few of these brands, been studying them with a critical eye for construction. For instance, a Varizoom rig that needs you to shift your neck 15cm to the right – Indian dancer style – to look through the viewfinder, is not a thought-out concept.
I have been so focussed on filming with the EX-1 with the RedrockMicro M2E, i was not even aware of the DSLR rigs Redrock offers. So i was very pleased to find the beatiful and versatile Redrock DSLR Field Cinema Bundle. This is a very complete kit, including a camera cage, carrying grip, follow focus, shoulder rest w. tripod mount, and an extremely flexible/adjustable baseplate & rods system.
Have a closeup look at http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.472981/it.A/id.593/.f to see the very well constructed adjustable rods system that both let you shift the camera into the most convenient position and protects your camera as a little cage and let you carry the rig by a handle. Very very nifty concept.
Alas… i’m lacking the budget for this cool rig at the moment; it’s US$1.990 – which is still a much better price than any other rig with the same features. I’ve just spent a $2000 on the Canon 7D, which is equivalent to an arm and a leg for me.
Shame that we don’t read more about it on the web, since other filmmakers like Philip Bloom mainly focus on the Zacuto rigs. My personal opinion is that this DSLR kit – and other RedrockMicro DLSR rigs – don’t get the attention they deserve . Maybe i can work something out with RR ..; who knows…
It’s my birthday november 18th… just a thought… 😉