As a Filmmaker there is always that goal to work with the perfect camera system, for most it means shooting on a particular camera than anything else .The best camera to film on in my opinion is the ARRI Alexa with RED definitely catching up, but for most people including myself its out of budget . The only camera which comes close to the amazing ARRI colour science in my opinion is the Canon C300 Mark II. It is built like a tank, has amazing colour and skin tone reproduction and the ability to build it up and break it down as per your filming requirements is amazing. We decided to pair the Canon C300 Mark II with the gorgeous Canon CN-E 6 lens set .
After locking the camera and lens combo one thing left was to buy the best possible rig for the setup . As an owner/operator and a rental house owner maximising your investment is very important . We wanted a rig which was perfect for the C300 Mark II but also one which could be easily modified to suit the other cameras in our lineup such as the SONY FS700,Canon C100 etc . There was only one rig that fit the bill and thats the “ZACUTO C300 MARK II RECOIL RIG & Z FINDER KIT “ . After trying the recoil rig couple of years back at Cinegear the call was made to purchase the rig with the newly released “ VCT Pro Baseplate “ . We also ordered the lens support feet designed for the CN-E lenses to ensure a more solid setup . It was my first time ordering a Zacuto product and the entire process was easy and stress free which is always great .
The rig comprises of the following
- Universal VCT Pro baseplate with front rods
- Z-Grip Relocator
- C300 Mark II Helmet
- Recoil Handle Kit
- Z-Drive Follow Focus
- Tornado Grip
- VCT Tripod plate
The build quality is apparent the moment you take it out the box , each component machined with precision . The main stay of the rig is the new VCT Pro Baseplate with a sliding top plate which helps in fine tuning the placement of the camera to get that perfect balance .
The grip relocator in combination with the recoil handle kit is perfect for the C100/C300 cameras making sure native camera controls are at your fingertips . The best feature of the base plate and the rig as a whole is the fact that it is compatible with DSLRs right upto the ARRI line of cameras with a few mods here and there .
Most people hesitate spending that kind of money on a camera rig but it is a common known fact that you get what you pay for . Yes there are many rig manufacturers out there who make similar rigs at a lesser price but more often than not it means compromising on design and quality which translate to ease of use and longevity and that is priority especially on a 30 day documentary or feature film schedule .
We are currently testing the camera and rig combo for a series of feature film projects set to roll out next month ,not to mention a few web series concepts . I am super excited to use the setup and put it through the grind . We will be sharing our experiences with this rig and also be posting BTS images on our instagram profile.
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