Zacuto announced a new group of “DSLR Gunstock Shooter” rigs for more secure photography and filmmaking. These rigs are similar to shotguns (hence the ‘GunStock' nickname) in that they're held against the shoulder to give more support. In fact, you'll see in the video that there are up to 5 points of contact to your body giving more stable shooting. I think it is a very exciting concept to be able to use the optical viewfinder – to be able to shoot video with the viewfinder up to your eye (as many expected to see with the 5D2).
Join Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn and Dave Schwartz as they unveil Zacutoâ€™s revolutionary new DSLR Gunstock Shooters, set to debut at this yearâ€™s NAB show.
“The key here is not to encage with metal, keeping it light at 6.5 lbs. including camera & follow focus make it the only true portable capable of shallow DOF”. Steve Weiss, product designer, Zacuto USA
After six months of using DSLRâ€™s, Zacuto is now changing the way DSLR cameras will be used from this point forward. These Gunstock Shooters are universal, quick-releasable and extremely lightweight. They also create the correct form factor for filmmaking by utilizing the Z-finder, Zacutoâ€™s Optical viewfinder, for precision focusing. Steve and Jens explain how these Shooters work like standard video cameras, the five points of contact offered by the Shooters, the usefulness of Zacutoâ€™s new adjustable three-pound Z-Lite weight, and the key differences between each of the four Shooters. They are all available for purchase at store.zacuto.com/DSLR-Gunstock-Shooter-Kits/
Very cool product that only weighs 7 pounds and starts at $1400.
If you'd like to see the different options, check out this page showing all the configurations
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(photo credit – video snap from vimeo by planetMitch)