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Zacuto Zip Gears

Zacuto Zip-Gears

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First came a set of four Zip Gears which I’m using on my L Series prime lenses. I liked the look of the zip gears because they are low profile and easy to fit and remove. Like most Zacuto products they are expensive, in fact I’d say these things are probably the most over-priced items I’ve purchased to date. Buy them from creativevideo in the UK and you pay a whopping £407 for four! In the US they retail for around $430.

Okay so thats the bad news out of the way, so why would you be mad enough to spend that kind of cash in these tiny bits of metal? They just work really well, In operation the gears do exactly what you would expect, they mesh with the follow focus and allow the lens to be focused – pretty simple really. That basic operation is definitely not worth all the money you have to spend on them though, where these are special is that they include hard stops.

The hard stops mean that it’s possible to use modern SLR lenses like my Canon L series lenses that do not by design stop at each end of the focus rings travel.

I made the mistake of ordering mine without the red stop parts so I haven’t actually tested the gears with both stops in place yet, I’m having some shipped from Zacuto and I’ll post my findings as soon as they arrive and do a full review with pics.

[update 22-01-2010] I’ve just posted a full review of the Zip Gear.

Shoot35 CINEfocus Review

The box turned up today and I thought I’d share the pleasure of opening it with you.

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Hague D5 Dolly System

I’ve recently picked up a Hague D5 Dolly system. It’s a basic track based dolly that runs on PVC tubing and allows you to mount your standard camera tripod to it’s base plate. I’ve ordered some adapter shoes for it that will allow me to fix my Manfrotto legs securely as they don’t fit in the standard mounting holes. When the adapter shoes turn up I’ll do a review of it and post some better pictures and maybe a few examples of clips shot with it.

Here’s the manufacturers pic for now.

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Cinevate Proteus rails review

I’ve posted a review of Cinevate’s Proteus rail system.

Brevis 35mm adapter

Today was a very significant day in my videography adventure, it was the day when I finally got my hands on a 35mm adapter!

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