We all know how many choices there are for cameras and how hard it is to find the perfect camera for the specific project. But what about choosing the right handheld rig? We had two projects that needed to shoot at high frame rates, be handheld and we were shooting a ton of footage. For the budget we were working with, the FS700 was the camera we chose. The next decision I had to make was which handheld rig would be best.
I did a ton of research and watched plenty of gear reviews before I landed on the Tilta rig. I talked to Ryan Aivalis from ikan about the scope of the projects and what I was looking for in a rig. My must haves were:
- Quick to set up
- Computability with other setups (slider, tripod, etc)
These were shoots that took place outside and scheduled for 10 hours per day. Ryan told me all he knew about the Tilta rigs (they just got them in stock after becoming an official distributor) and I was hooked. We went over a few of the shots I was getting and he was confident this would help get the job done. And he was right.
As you can see I am a fan of this Tilta rig and recommend it to anyone shooting handheld. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the shoulder pad, it worked and was comfortable enough. This rig will require a monitor or EVF so make sure if you are looking at a Tilta rig that you make sure you have everything you need to start shooting.
The footage of the guy dunking is part of a mini documentary called Five/Five. You can find out more on that here fivefivedocumentary.com/
If you have any questions on the rig let me know, I'd be happy to answer!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)