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We offer one Sony FS7 and FS7 II Next Generation Recoil Rig and two Sony FS5 Next Generation Recoil Rigs. (To find out about options for the Sony F5/F55 and other Sony cinema cameras please contact our sales and customer service department.)
The Sony FS7 and FS7 II Recoil and Sony FS5 Recoil can be used with either an EVF, like our Gratical HD, or with a Zacuto Z-Finder using the camera’s own LCD monitor. The Sony FS5 Z-Finder Recoil is a complete rig that can be used right out of the box. It includes a Z-Finder for use with the Sony LCD screen.
There were three specific challenges to designing rigs for the Sony FS7 and FS5 cameras. The first was finding balance for shoulder mounted work, the second was re-positioning the camera handgrip forward, and the third was making the built in LCD screens usable by creating Z-Finders and moving them far forward to accommodate camera balance.
A built-in shoulder pad does not always mean a balanced camera. Older Betacam’s had built-in shoulder pads with heavy recorders and batteries as counterbalance, as well as a lower center of gravity. But, with modern lenses and cameras being similar weights, the balance point is approximately where the lens meets the camera body, which puts the camera behind you when properly balanced on your shoulder. By adding our VCT Universal baseplate you can slide the camera backward and forward to achieve perfect balance and comfort to accommodate various lenses and accessories.
If you want steady shots and want to be able to shoot all day you need to realize that your hands are not there to support the camera, that’s what your shoulder is for. Your hands should be guiding the camera, controlling the camera and focusing the camera. If you are supporting the weight of the camera with your hands you cannot move your hands to engage a button or focus without shaking the camera. Be able to shoot steady shots all day with our Next Generation Recoil–The only perfectly balanced rig for all cameras!
Sony’s FS7 top handle is an excellent tool with a ton of features built into it, so you never want to exchange that for another handle. We adapted our Axis Mini EVF mount to work in tandem with the Sony camera handle and the Sony monitor. The Sony loupe included with the camera is very long. You can’t get it far enough forward to balance the camera without seeing the actual viewfinder when shooting wide angle shots. By using the shorter Zacuto Z-Finder instead, or an EVF like the Gratical HD, the rig can easily be balanced. The slim profile of the Zacuto Z-Finder or Gratical EVF will never appear in your shot, even when using an 18mm lens.
For working with the Sony FS5, the LCD was key to address. It does not come with loupe like the FS7 making it hard to use, particularly when shooting outside in sunlight. We solved this problem by creating a FS5 Z-Finder with a secure connection and ideal placement options. Attach the Z-Finder mount directly to the camera using either Sony’s built-in mount, a Zacuto FS5 Top Plate, or use the recommended Axis Mini EVF mount and FS5 Adapter for a much more secure rosette mounting option. Using the Axis Mini also offers articulation for quick changes to LCD placement. It keeps your rig balanced and comfortable. For those who prefer a more feature rich viewfinder set up, the Gratical EVF can be used instead.
Next Generation Recoil rigs are designed for optimal balance and comfort when shoulder mounted or on a tripod. In a Recoil rig, the balance point needs to be directly over your shoulder which puts the camera behind you. This requires focus, monitoring and camera controls to be relocated forward, creating a lighter and shorter rig. Next Generation Recoil rigs are compatible with all cameras from a tiny mirrorless to a camera the size of an ALEXA.
The Sony FS7 Recoil includes the VCT Pro baseplate. Inspired by traditional ENG cameras, it truly is the last baseplate you’ll ever need. This rig has a modified setup of our Axis Mini 360 degree articulating EVF mount that attaches to the front Sony camera with two screws and a quick release arm. Re-position the Sony camera grip to make a comfortable handgrip via the rosette on the side of the VCT Pro.
This rig can be used with either an EVF, like our Gratical HD, with our Zacuto Z-Finder on the camera’s own monitor (not included), or with the Sony monitor.
This complete rig is for shooters who prefer to shoot with a viewfinder on the camera LCD screen. Just like the standard Recoil rig, it includes a VCT Pro baseplate, FS5 Grip Relocator, and the FS5 Top Plate. The FS5 Top Plate comes with a 3” rod that acts as an anchor for the Sony LCD screen and included Zacuto Z-Finder. The Sony FS5 Z-Finder mount slides onto the LCD. The viewfinder itself can either flip up or clip on and off the mount. The Z-Finder magnifies the screen by 2x and offers increased focusability, stability, and the ability to adjust for the shooters eyesight.
The Top Plate will position the Z-Finder and LCD in the correct spot for shoulder mounted shooting, but does not offer any articulation to adjust for specialty set ups or tripod work. If you want the articulation that the Axis Mini provides, we recommend you purchase the standard Recoil rig and add a FS5 Z-Finder or Gratical EVF.
Just like the FS7 model, we start out with our VCT Pro baseplate. A handgrip for your camera control grip includes a rosette and two adjustment point to position your grip in the right spot.
The FS5 Top Plate attached directly to your camera with two screws. It is unobtrusive and can stay on your camera at all times. Also included is the FS5 Axis Mini which attaches to the Top Plate. This combination offers a secure, adjustable mount for either an EVF, like our Gratical HD, or the FS5 Z-Finder which attaches to the Sony LCD. (Z-Finder and EVF not included.)
Thank you for your interest in Zacuto’s Next Generation Recoil rigs for the Sony FS7 and Sony FS5 cameras! Have questions about any of these rigs or individual accessories? Please contact our sales and customer service team at (312) 863 3452 or email@example.com. Live chat is also available during Chicago business hours.