Viewfactor's CONTINEO Powered Cage for Canon DSLRs

Are you happy with your DSLR support system? I'm not -- for a number of reasons -- but chief among them is the issue of front-heaviness. As much as possible I'd like my 5D to behave like a 35mm (motion picture) film camera, which would mean moving some of the weight of the camera (and the lens, and the matte box, etc.) off the arms and onto the shoulder. Viewfactor's CONTINEO powered cage looks like it might be a nifty way to do this, by virtue of hooking up the DSLR to a Anton Bauer brick battery -- which can be positioned behind the shoulder as a counterbalance. Here's a quick preview of the CONTINEO from Cinema5d:

This is a serious piece of kit, and it'll be priced accordingly at $1k. Of course, it's not only a powering system: it's also a cage enabling monitors, audio recorders, lights, etc. to be attached to the camera -- and most of those accessories will cost more than $1k, so it's a justifiable expense assuming you're working with pro gear. If you're on more of a budget, Jag35 makes a $150 cage. Note that the CONTINEO is not shipping yet, and Viewfactor has had some issues filling their follow focus orders, so you might want to wait until it's shipping to order if you're interested.

Link: Cinema 5D Quick Take: Viewfactor Powered Cage For Canon 7D

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Sounds fantastic, I actually rate the design of the Letus cage, just looks like it's been really well thought out. THe problem with all this stuff is just how long is it going to be relevant for? I bought all my gear before Christmas and it's going to have paid for itself by the end of the summer, but given how inefficient DSLRs are, and how ill-suited they actually are to video production, it's such a difficult decision to commit to the amount you need to spend to get quality pro kit when the shelf life is so pitiful. In this instance the early adopters really did get the best deal for once.

June 29, 2010 at 11:40AM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM


Robin -- right there with you. I've been trying to figure out lately whether my plan is to do what I always do -- eventually sell the camera and accessories and replace it with the latest and greatest -- or if my 5D is actually a keeper.

Here's why:

1) It shoots great stills
2) It's unique in its abilities, and will be for a while due to its full-frame sensor
3) It will make a good B cam for a long time to come

All of this is up in the air of course; in the meantime, I'm just really looking forward to getting some shooting done.

June 29, 2010 at 12:00PM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM

Ryan Koo