Canon 7D optical illusion…

I don’t know how it’s done, but if you watch this picture for a while, a Canon 7D magically appears in the background… 😉  Click the pictures for a larger view, click again for an even more megapixels. Pictures were not made with a DSLR camera.

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig

The expert eye will eventually recognise the RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig, with a few added parts. I was already VERY satisfied with this great shouldermount rig, but i spent some extra bucks on extra bits that made it totally perfect. It works like a charm and it looks so good!

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - all carbon

Don’t mind the Cokin french flag. This is NOT a matte box. If i had the budget for a matte box, i’d opt for the RedrockMicro matte box that is made for this set, but budget ends somewhere. The buck stops here 😉
RedrockMicro changed all the metal rods for carbon fibre rods, making the whole structure as rigid as can be and very light. Carbon is virtually indestructable and the cage protects your camera and lens.

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - with magic arm and monitor

Here with Micro FollowFocus, Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens, simple SD video monitor, Rohe video mic, Canon remote, Zacuto Z-Finder.

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - with multi clampI’ve added one of the nifty multiclamps and i abuse it to create a second leg for the rig – since i like to push one of the handles up to control the followfocus. Inserting an old spare rod brought me an extra leg and an extra grip.

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - added extra supportMaybe hard to see, but i’ve added one extra cage part (lowest one with red thumbscrew) at the top, and one extra cage part at the bottom (out of view here) to make the whole construction mega mega rigid. Feel like being able to drop it off a cliff and continue filming there… 😉

Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - marvels film martin beek

One last pic. The remote is stuck on the shoulderpad with velcro. The 7 inch SD monitor helps me going through the menus, but to focus it’s not of much help – need a HD monitor here but – again – out of budget for now. The blue magic arm is something special! Just one thumbscrew makes it rigid and locks all joints. Very smooth, very handy.

And now for the 1000 dollar question: can you make movies with it?
I haven’t found that out yet. The same with my iPhone – it is rumoured that it can make telephone calls too, but haven’t figured that out yet either  😉

That was a very corny remark, i know. I shoot the following clip with this rig: http://www.youtube.com/user/marvelsfilm

To see how this rig was originally intended, look here: http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.472981/it.A/id.593/.f old picture with the steel rods though.

That’s all folks!

Martin Beek.


2 Responses to “Canon 7D optical illusion…”

  1. 1 Christian
    January 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Can you use the Zacuto viewfinder on this rig without the rods getting in the way annd how much did you pay for the redrock parts?

  2. 2 marvelsfilm
    January 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Yes Christian, that’s no problem.


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