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Cinevate Shows off Their FS100 Rig, Axis Jib, Dromos Hi-Hat and More at NAB 2012

05.10.12 @ 4:34PM Tags : , , , , , , ,

This is the very last video I did at NAB just before the show closed, and Dennis Wood of Cinevate showed off all of their exciting products, including a complete cine kit for the FS100 that bolts to the camera in a similar way as the Zacuto FS100 rig. He also gave a walk-through of their Axis jib, which is designed to be mobile and simple to assemble. If timelapse is your thing, and you’ve already got a Cinevate slider, they are partnering with DitoGear to add timelapse functionality.

Dennis Wood from Cinevate:

While $3000 might seem a little steep for the entire FS100 rig, that does include the follow focus and mattebox as well, so the actual cost of the rig is a lot less if you piece it together from parts you already have. The design that Cinevate has used for the mount should be extremely sturdy, to the point where only the heaviest of lenses should need extra rod support. I particularly like that the mount features collimation, so you can perfectly set the back focus, especially if you’re having trouble getting true infinity.

The Dromos Hi-Hat is pretty interesting, and even though it may not be as versatile as the Induro Hi-Hat, it’s still handy for getting the camera sturdy in a lot of difficult places.

Link: Cinevate


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  • john jeffreys on 05.10.12 @ 5:52PM

    What are your thoughts on the FS100 in general, joe?

    • Haven’t had the chance to use it in a professional setting yet. In terms of image quality, it’s nice, but you’ve got to do some decent grading to get out that Sony plastic look – which I’ve come to accept since I’ve shot a lot of stuff with the EX1. People complain about the clipped highlights, which I’ve certainly seen, but shooting very flat and watching exposure can help with that. I mean for the price point, nothing else compares, it has the low-light quality of its $13,000 sibling and basically the same as the C300, and can take any camera mount imaginable. I would absolutely shoot a feature on it in terms of image quality alone – but I can’t really comment on the usability aspect, except to say that Sony shoved way too many buttons into a small area. Other than that it’s like any other small camera, handheld is possible, but some sort of shoulder rig can help tremendously. I actually don’t use a shoulder rig for a lot of what I do – and for none of these NAB videos – but I may expand on that in a future post.

      • john jeffreys on 05.11.12 @ 6:13PM

        Okay, cool. i was always curious about it, especially because it is *reasonably* priced relative to other super 35 cameras.

  • That is non other than Adam Wilt walking by at 1:11 in.

  • Daniel Mimura on 05.17.12 @ 4:48PM

    Why would that the FS100 rig include a FF and a mattebox? Maybe just when it first comes out? I would assume that most people buying this camera isn’t buying it as their first camera and probably already have a FF and mattebox already.

    • You don’t have to purchase it like that, you can just get the rig itself without those additions. It’s really for people moving up who want a full cinema kit but have never had a mattebox or follow focus since they’ve just been using DSLRs. With DSLRs, a lot of times there just isn’t money or space for a follow focus and mattebox.

      The FS100 could also definitely be someone’s first camera, because plenty of people bought HVXs and EX1s and had never owned anything more than a handycam.

  • Mitchell base would be great on the dromos, seriously who uses 100mm heads anymore? (sarcasm)

    But honestly… put a mitchell base on it. I’ll buy 2 :)