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InStudio

The Camera Never Lies
A vintage year for cameras, despite
circumstances, has also led to a vintage
year in camera accessories, reckons
Contributing Editor Andy Stout...

T

he astonishing disruption caused
by the Covid-19 pandemic has
seen a huge amount of new products
and services delayed until 2021, or
even beyond, as companies pause their
development cycles and consider new
routes to what looks like being a very
different market.
One of the standout exceptions to
all that though has been the camera
market which has had an astonishingly
fecund year or so of it. A quick
search through the catalogues pulls
up important new units aimed at
many different niches in the market
including the Sony FX9 (pre-dating
2020 but having an enormous impact
within it) and Sony A7s III; the Canon
C300 MKIII, R5 and R6; the Blackmagic
Ursa Mini Pro 12K; the RED Komodo;
the new Panasonic S5 (still shrouded
in mystery at time of writing), and
more, with another wave of releases
due to descend on the market in the
autumn.
And if the camera market is thriving,
so is the camera accessories one too,
with a huge range of new products
coming to market, some of which are
adaptations to the new units, some
of which are the evolution of already
successful models, some of which are
adaptations to the evolution of the
cameras themselves.
"Rigging camera systems used to
require heavy-duty gear in order to
safely support large heavy cameras;
now that high quality cameras
have become relatively affordable
and shrunk in size and weight, we
have customers reaching out for
dependable gear for rigging," explains
Martin Torner, Matthews Studio
Equipment's Content Director and
Martin Torner, MSE

resident grip. "Whether its overhead
shots or car mounts, folks want to
accomplish those dynamic shots."
Matthews' latest product is the
Gobo Plate, billed as a simple yet
versatile mounting tool. Designed
to interface with any 2.5" Grip Head,
it enables quick, secure mounting
of smaller cameras and a variety of
camera accessories with thoughtfully
placed bolt holes and t-slots. "Beyond
interfacing with grip heads, it can
also be screwed or bolted into
existing architecture, rigs, lumber, or
apple boxes for limitless and secure
mounting options," adds Torner.
Taiwan's KUPO has gone wooden for
one of its latest products. The KAB013 Front Box (and accompanying
accessories) is one of those genius
little products that enables you to
sort and organise all the wee bits and
pieces you might need on a shoot into
one place and then mount it where
you can get to it. Also new from the
company is the intriguing Aluminium
Baby Boom Assembly which enables
you to turn a regular stand into a
boom stand.
Adding a bit more electronics
into the mix is the Pro model of the
Chameleon EVF that Zacuto debuted
at the end of last year. It features
upgraded software and hardware
over the original unit, a new display
interface, and some enhanced features
such as waveform and vectorscope. It
shoots over and above the spec of the
company's well-regarded Graticals by
offering 4K HDMI input downscaled to
1080Pp, and 3D LUTS.
The company also has a new line of
ACT Recoil Rigs, porting its shouldermounted rig line-up from the video
field to the mirrorless and DSLR
shoulder market with the proud boast
that they are compatible with every
mirrorless and DSLR camera on the
market, from the tiny Sigma fp to the
Lumix S1h to a tall camera like the
Canon 1DX MK III. Centered around
a universal, Arca-Swiss compatible
camera baseplate, thanks to a quickrelease system it's easy to transition
from shoulder-mounted to handheld
or run 'n' gun video shooting. An ACT

Smallrig reckons its A&S III cage gives
it a certain amount of protection

Mounting Plate allows quick transition
"Our Komodo accessories keep the
to any tripod, dolly, slider, or gimbal.
camera very small and allow the user
Smallrig is one of the companies that to interface with the menu on top of
is pumping out products for the new the body while still providing a carry
batch of cameras at mass market sub handle and monitor mount," says the
$50 price points. Amongst a plethora company's Ryan Schorman. "Early
of other products it has a new form- adopters of the product love the
fitting camera cage for the Sony A7s quick release design, allowing them to
III which is made of aircraft grade shoot in the tiniest configuration, then
aluminium allow and features multiple quickly move to a studio setup with
mounts for multiple accessories from rods and brick battery power".
Smallrig and other vendors. The fact
"Camera size keeps decreasing so
that it illustrates it with a tank shows we are moving to smaller and more
quite how it feels about it. Elsewhere, efficient accessory designs. Converting
other new products include cages for a camera from a studio setup to
the EOS R5 and R6; a NATO top handle drone or gimbal is also desirable so
with record start/stop remote trigger we are including additional quick
for Panasonic mirrorless cameras; and release functionality and tool-less
a handy looking 360ยบ rotatable cold thumbscrews."
shoe mount adapter.
According to Daniel Skubal, Head of
At the more expensive end of the Marketing and Creative at Kessler, the
scale, Vocas has new kits for the new company has managed to release five
Canon and RED cameras. Its basic kit major products this year including the
for the Canon C300 MKIII features excitingly named KillShock Recon, a RC
a compact base plate and a slidable camera car that can race 50mph.
shoulder pad for around $1000,
while an extra $500 combines all
of the company's 10 accessories
together for it into a single
package including everything from
wooden handgrip to cheese plate.
Its accessories for the Komodo
meanwhile include a full cage kit
and side cage kit on to which it
can mount a range of its Universal
mounts such as the USBP-15 MKII
Wooden Camera
which will convert the camera into
RED Komodo
a shoulder-mounted unit, its own
mini top handle, and more.
And Wooden Camera has a veritable
smorgasbord of new accessories
designed for the Komodo, all with the
RED-approved appellation. Top of
the range is probably the Advanced
Accessory Kit, a $1000 package
that combines separately available
products and includes the LW 15mm
Baseplate, Complete Top Mount Kit,
and 2x 15mm Rods (12"). It has similar
Ryan Schorman,
Wooden Camera
packages for the FX9 and C300 MkIII.


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