March 18, 2016 at 12:27AM

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General Camera Weight?

Hey guys. I have a simple question that may sound noobish, but it's a serious and logical one! My background is primarily wildlife documentaries, so I typically have to hike distances and carry my gear far. I also have to run and gun a lot too for various projects, so I am needing to be on the shoulder at times. I used to run a Sony video camera (AX2000) and then sold it to step into the mirrorless camera world where I've lived for the last few years. Last week I pulled the trigger on a Sony FS7 to accompany my A7S cameras in the field. Its features were exactly what I needed for several upcoming projects. I researched more than you could imagine about the best way to set it up and the one thing I never saw posted was camera weight. Here's my issue: I went with a complete Zacuto recoil rig (baseplate, new EVF loop, camera arm extension and a lens support) and am typically running a Canon 28-300mm lens on a MetaBones SB. Now, my DSLR style cameras caged out with support systems, rails, audio, etc., weren't light, but this beast weighs 16.5 lbs after being set up. My question is this: On average, how heavy is a typical run and gun cinema setup (camera, lens, and shoulder rig)? Is my setup relatively average and I'm just not used to the weight it because of my mirrorless camera and video camera background? Or is my rig really that bad with the weight? Either way, I have to use the FS7 for my new projects and I have to use the 28-300mm lens for the bulk of it, so I'll do whatever I need to do. I just am trying to figure out if this is normal or if my rig is ridiculously heavy. Please excuse my ignorance on this. I just have no experience with cinema style cameras. Thanks in advance!

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March 18, 2016 at 8:24AM

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Preferences are going to differ, just like people's preferences for hiking and camping equipment. Some people can't live without certain luxury items, and others will make sacrifices to shed every last conceivable ounce. I'm generally in the latter group; I try not to have a total equipment (camera, lenses, tripod, slider, batteries, etc) weight over 25lbs. That usually means my total pack weight (with tent, sleeping bag, food, clothes, etc) is usually under 50lbs. For me and the kind of shooting I do, your FS7/zacuto rig would be a total dog...I'd probably try to bury it under a tree somewhere after a few miles. But if you need the features, you need the features. Best advice is to get out and hike with it and see if you can do what you need to do.

March 19, 2016 at 9:20PM

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