Best Camera Hand Grips for Filmmakers
Camera handgrips can serve different purposes for filmmakers. They can provide extra stability for long exposures or help shooters achieve a particular look or feel for their shoots. It is hard to find the right accessory, so here are four things to consider when shopping for handgrips:
- Speed – Speed is super important when adjusting your rig to get the shots you need. Zacuto handgrips offer the fastest adjustments. With the press of the lever you can rotate the grip 360 degrees. With the twist of one lever you can lengthen or shorten your grip, pull it into your body or away from body. Changing positions is super important to reduce arm and wrist fatigue.
- Durability – Handgrips that offer extreme durability and reliability are ideal for work with both smaller and larger cameras. Users can easily perform tool-free adjustment and locking of the grips with one hand while operating most camera systems on their shoulder. Our lifetime warranty makes sure these handgrips will outlast your camera!
- Versatility – The less effort your hands have to expend on hanging on to the camera, the more sensitivity and feel is available to achieve practical and intuitive filmmaking.
- Comfort – By fitting your hand as if you grasped the camera while it is in a pliable state, you can secure control, rather than having to maintain a constant death-grip just to avoid dropping it. In addition, users can easily perform tool-free adjustment and locking of the grips with one hand while operating most camera systems on their shoulder.
Camera grips are one of the often-overlooked accessories but can make a massive difference in the quality of your shots. In this article, we list our top camera handgrips, which we believe any filmmaker would love to have!
Zacuto's Trigger Handgrips
Zacuto's line of camera handgrips are called Trigger Handgrips. They are the most easily and quickly adjustable handgrips. With a single hand, you can rotate your handgrip 360 degree with no slipping. As quick as you can push a lever, you can flip the handgrip down, raise it up and pack it away in seconds.
Depending on your camera and rig, we have various options for you. Let’s look at some of our available options:
Short, unique handgrips for camera cages:
Rosette Trigger Handgrip
This is a single handgrip that relocates any rosette-based camera/lens grip to a comfortable handgrip position for shoulder rigs. The handgrip is compatible with Canon C200, Canon C500 Mark II, Panasonic Varicam, and the Canon 18-80 lens, the ones ideal for film-making.
This Handgrip is designed to mount onto any video camera rig with a range of 360 degree adjustable. The grip can be installed on the left side of the camera cage, plate, and ARRI-standard rosette arm for increasing stabilization.
The Rosette Trigger Mount is an adjustable grip relocator for ARRI rosette-mount camera or lens grips. It is designed to attach to camera supports, offering an ARRI rosette, including Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate. The entire unit can be rotated a full 360 degree at the quick press of a lever, making it great while film-making.
The Zarn is a railed mounted wooden ball handgrip that slides onto any Z-Rail or compatible rail. The ball-shaped grip enables smooth camera movement while filmmaking and can be best utilized with a “ball and socket” technique. It is super lightweight, it is small and compact, and does not add any bulk to the rig. Zarn is ideal for light cameras or DSLR.
Shoulder rig universal camera handgrips:
These grips are wooden handgrips designed to mount onto 15mm LWS rods. To adjust the grips, press the lever down with the thumb to get the grips to where you want them.
These are dual handgrip systems that offer two sleek wooden handgrips. The system slides onto 15mm lightweight rods. The grips are most adjustable and enable for single-handed 360-degree rotation with the simple press of a trigger. The length of the handgrips can also be adjusted by loosening a red lever while shooting.
This 15mm rod-based wooden handgrip is particularly designed for the right hand. It attaches to any standard 15 mm rod, offering one a sleek, comfortable, solid handgrip on the rig. The grips are most adjustable and enable for single-handed 360-degree rotation with the simple press of a trigger, enabling one to get it in the right position for a shooting style.
This 15mm rod-based wooden handgrip is particularly designed for the left hand. It attaches to any standard 15 mm rod, offering one a sleek, comfortable, solid handgrip on the rig. The grips are most adjustable and enable for single-handed 360-degree rotation with the simple press of a trigger, enabling one to get it in the right position for a shooting style. The Zacuto Trigger Grips cover both sides well for an overall shooting style.
Shoulder Rig Camera hand grips systems to relocate specific brand camera grips:
These hand grips relocate a branded camera grip to a comfortable handheld shoulder-mounted position on a rig. They attach to your rig via a rosette and you attach your camera grip to the bottom of the handgrip.
Rosette Dual Trigger Grips: Single or Double Option
The Rosette Dual Trigger Grips are a 15mm rod mount handgrip set featuring one wooden handgrip and one rosette relocator that enables one to attach any ARRI rosette mount camera or lens grip. Each can be rotated a full 360-degree at the press of a dedicated lever. Furthermore, the wooden component of the handgrip can be adjusted forward and backward at the press of another lever, making it super adjustable while shooting.
Sony Trigger Grip: Single or Double Option
This single handgrip relocates the Sony FX6, FS5, and FS5 Mark II camera grips to a comfortable handgrip position for shoulder rigs. The grips are most adjustable and enable for single-handed 360-degree rotation with the simple press of a trigger, enabling one to get it in the right position for a shooting style. The grip comes with an extension cable for the Sony FX6 camera.
Sony FX9 Trigger Grip : Single or Double Option
This grip is the most adjustable handgrip for the Sony FX9. It can also work with the Sony FS7 Mark II. In addition, it allows for single-handed 360° rotation with a simple press.
The FS7 trigger grip is a dual handgrip system that relocates the FS7 camera grip to a comfortable handgrip position for shorter rigs and gives one a sleek, comfortable wooden handgrip on the left side.
With each new release, Zacuto has been developing and improving every little component that goes into one of our modular shoulder rig systems.
At Zacuto, we offer the best camera handgrips at competitive pricing and have an in-depth knowledge of current trends and technologies. We are dedicated to providing you with the very best filmmaking equipment, focusing on proven products and pre-configured ready-to-start equipment bundles.
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