News & Events
The Canon Cinema series cameras have been taking the world by storm! Steve and Jens saw the potential of these lower budget, high performance cameras early on and quickly began making baseplates and rigs for their unique size and shape. When the C100 was released the need for a Z-Finder was obvious, and so our popular C100 Z-Finder was born. And then the requests for a C300 Z-Finder started coming in! The removable, larger LCD of the Canon C300 and C500 was a new challenge for Zacuto. Always ready for a challenge, Steve and Jens set to work to create a lightweight, accessible, reasonably priced unit that could stand up to Zacuto’s high standards.
Gear & Tools
Ever since I first saw the Recoil design at NAB I’ve wanted to give it a try. I spent the last month shooting various things with the Recoil and has quickly become my favorite rig Zacuto offers for full day shooting projects.
In my opinion it’s not a run and gun rig. It’s a rig I want to use when I have to keep the camera on my shoulder for long periods of time. It’s extremely comfortable thanks to the padded quick release shoulder pad and the new Z-drive with Tornado Grip.
In the News
It’s our last night on the island of South Tarawa, and as I’m writing this, the ocean’s high tide is beating against a small wall of sandbags only 40 yards away. In our short time here, we have been acutely aware of the ocean: both in the Kiribati people’s dependency upon it and the waves’ potential to soon swallow the island, leaving no trace of this nation or its culture. As the waves encroach upon the shore, the Kiribati boundary moves further and further inland, while the leaders and citizens of this Sinking Nation scramble for a solution.
Tips & Tricks
Turn it on as loud as you can get it. Then get down on the floor and jam your ear as close into the loudspeakers as you can get it and stay there, breathing as lightly as possible, and not moving and neither eating nor smoking nor drinking. Concentrate everything you can into your hearing and into your body. You won’t hear it nicely. If it hurts you, be glad of it. As near as you will ever get, you are inside the music; not only inside it, you are it; your body is no longer your shape and substance, it is the shape and substance of the music.
In Part 2 of this 3 part series, Jonah Guelzo takes us back to basics. Jonah compares the Zacuto Marauder to another of his favorite rigs, the Jag35 Austin Rig V2, and discusses set-up and break-down, shooting style, traveling with gear and more.
As Jonah clearly illustrates, the foldable DSLR Marauder rig sets up and breaks down in seconds making it particularly convenient for the filmmaker on the run. He also touches on the benefits on the gunstock, which is not only comfortable and adds supports, but also has benefits for shooting people of different heights.
New In Rentals
Leo is sadly no longer at Zacuto, but we wish him luck in all of his future endeavors. He knows he is welcome back anytime and will always be a friend of Zacuto. His service over the past few years has been invaluable. We are happy to welcome Ryan to the team and are excited to continue providing excellent service.
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