Zacuto and the Sony A7s: the little camera that could

The Sony A7s is the world’s smallest full frame interchangeable lens camera. This tiny camera packs a major punch with 15.3 stops of dynamic range, ISO sensitivity up to 409,600, and a 4K-optimized sensor and uncompressed 4K output via HDMI. We’ve seen some incredible footage from this camera, and as more and more of our friends started waxing poetic about the color and detail, we knew it was time to step in with a stellar shoulder mounted rig to give this great camera the form factor it needs for video. Luckily, we have just the rig!

The Indie Recoil is part of our line of Next Generation Recoil Rigs. These rigs are all about BALANCE!! With modern lenses and cameras being similar weights, the balance point is approximately where the lens meets the camera body. Recoil rigs moves the balance point directly over your shoulder putting the camera behind you. This requires focus (check out our Z-Drive follow focus), monitoring (with the Gratical HD EVF, of course) and camera controls to be relocated forward, creating a lighter, shorter, and balanced rig.

Check out the complete set up and find out more about the camera in our Sony A7s and Indie Recoil video.

Earlier this year, filmmaker Chris Weatherly worked with the Next Generation Indie Recoil in a compare and comparison review with our earlier model Recoil rigs. He also speaks specifically to Sony A7s users and discusses rigs for smaller DSLRs. Watch below.

Bonus Video! Our favorite Aussie, filmmaker and educator Mick Jones, takes the A7s for a quick spin with the run’N’gun Marauder rig and Z-Finder Pro. Lightweight, foldable and portable, the Marauder rig is perfect for the filmmaker on the go.


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4 Responses to “Zacuto and the Sony A7s: the little camera that could”

  1. Gergö Nyirö on September 17th, 2017 6:16 pm

    Would the Indie Recoil fit a SmallHD Focus instead of an evf? I mean can it hold it far enough to be able to see it?

  2. Rachel Mahrle on October 2nd, 2017 9:33 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Yes, it can. You may have to forgo a little balance in order to get the screen in the correct position. But the grips will help with that as would adding some counterbalance like batteries at the back of the rig. Would have to play around with it a bit to get everything just right but it’s doable. – Rachel, Z-Team

  3. Daniel Lavallee on October 11th, 2017 12:58 pm

    Looking to get the marauder kit with the zfinder for my sony A7rii . What zfinder is appropriate for this camera…

    Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2″ Screens
    Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3″ Screens

  4. Rachel Mahrle on October 11th, 2017 1:02 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Daniel,

    Please see our Z-Finder chart here We recommend the standard 3″ screen model and then purchasing either this frame or this one to securely fit the slightly smaller screen.

    – Rachel, Z-Team

About the Author

Rachel has been with Zacuto since 2009. She began working in the sales department and moved to marketing in 2013. In her role as Digital Marketing Director she oversees the gear loan and review program, social media, blog content,, and works with the team on overall marketing strategy. Rachel has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Directing from Arizona State University. Those who have spoken with her on the phone know she occasionally reveals her homeland by slipping into a British accent. Rachel likes tear-jerker sports movies, reading cookbooks for pleasure, and crossword puzzles. Contact her at


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