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It’s a been almost a week since NAB finished, so sorry for delay with this… I have been hard at work on the 3 day filmmakers masterclasses in Vegas and now prepping for the one in Key west starting Friday.
I didn’t get a chance to see anywhere near as many new toys at the show as I would have liked. Too many speaking engagements and meetings with not enough time to explore! Of course I did get to see the new Kessler and Zacuto gear. I will be covering the new Kessler gear in a forthcoming post, but here is a little info on the new Zacuto stuff. Most importantly their new recoil kit for cameras like the C300, Red, F3, FS100 etc which can also be used for DSLRs. It’s the lightest shoulder rig I have used and the most comfortable. It needs to be used with the EVF but its positioning of the camera on the shoulder is easily the most natural position for the camera. With their new follow focus attachment, the Tornado, you can mechanically control your lens from the handgrip – using a rig like this suddenly becomes about 10 x easier! No more letting go of the handle to adjust focus.
This cool and innovative idea is covered by my friend Edi Schneider along with other cools bits on his video below. Also below is Matt Allard who made the video with my friend Dan Chung.