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#1 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:59 AM

Hello,

 

So I am shooting a one take and my director insists on multiple zooms being used throughout the shot.

The lens of choice is the Red Zoom [18-85 mm].

However I have noticed that pulling off smooth zoom by hand is head ache.

Is there any rig that helps in zooming in and out ?

 

Thank You


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#2 Miguel Angel

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 05:29 AM

Hello Vivek,

What you might want to use is a device called Microforce Zoom Control, made by Preston.

http://prestoncinema...ucts_micro.html

It is very easy to use and you usually attach it to the handle / arm of the head via an accessory which is usually included in the kit (O'connor or any other head).

You can select the zoom speed and it has a slow stop which is very handy to make smooth stops.

Have a good day!
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#3 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 10:29 AM

Miguel is on it. Also, when you rent the Microforce, be aware that there is a newer digital version and an older analog version. Both work fine, but you can't use a digital motor with an analog Microforce so test that it works before you leave the rental house.

You also have to supply 12v power the Microforce, usually from a camera accessory port or the d-tap on the battery plate. Definitely specify to the rental house which camera and method of power you will require so that they can supply the appropriate power cable.
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#4 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 12:36 AM

Thank you Satsuki. Helpful as always this forum has been for me :)


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