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Nels Chick
7D gear
on Nov 30, 2009 at 5:48:44 am

I'm on the hunt for the 'best bang for my buck' Canon 7D rig out there. I've been impressed with Zacuto, but holy cow :) they are pricey. I know good gear ain't cheap, but I feel like most of these rigs are way overpriced. What does the community have to say? Any good advice?

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Robbie Carman
Re: 7D gear
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:33:39 pm

Nels.

Camera support and rigs are having a huge boon right now do to DSLRs.

As you point out the Zacuto products are amazing but they do come with a hefty price. I have a couple of their rigs and belive me they're worth every penny. The Zacuto Z-Finder is THE best viewfinder/loupe product on the market its a must have.

As far as other support goes check out:

Red Rock Micro (http://www.redreockmicro.com)
Camotion (http://www.camotionllc.com)
IndiSystem (http://www.indifocus.com/

There are more but I'm not infront of my book marks at the moment. Tons of choices though


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Nels Chick
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 1, 2009 at 7:05:29 pm

Thanks Robbie!
Maybe I should just bite the bullet and spend the dough. Good support gear lends to great cinematography probably more than the camera, but I have such a hard time getting my head around it because the camera is the central part of the rig. I like the idea of the Z-Finder, but I'm more of a field monitor kind of guy.

Is there a good hdmi field monitor option for the 7D that won't break the bank? I like the smallHD monitor, though it's not cheap. Dang, I'm such a penny pincher!

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Matt Gottshalk
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 1, 2009 at 9:03:48 pm

Ikan has a series of HDMI monitors that a lot of 7d users seem to like.

I sprung for the smallhd monitor and haven't looked back.

It is simply awesome in 720p.



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Richard Harrington
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:20:06 pm

I agree with Matt... looks great.

I have used a regular Consumer set (HQ) for external monitoring which works well too

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Nels Chick
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 1, 2009 at 10:50:30 pm

Rich,
Do you use battery power for your set-up?

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Richard Harrington
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:10:42 am

I don't have the SmallHD but have used one. It is battery powered.

A consumer TV... not so much

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

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Chuck Spaulding
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 3, 2009 at 7:07:21 am

I have been conducting the same search. Here are a few things that I have found:
Camera Support: http://shapewlb.com/en/products-camera-supports.php
I got the spider II because it is adjustable and I use this for a 7D and EX1.

Here's an HD-LCD HDMI monitor: http://www.smallhd.com/?gclid=CM2ly_XVuZ4CFR4UagodxGdRmg
And here's a less expensive one: http://www.manhattanlcd.com/product_p/7005.htm

I got my Matte box, rods and viewfinder here: http://www.cavision.com/main.html

This makes up a very nice shoulder camera support that costs less than a quarter of what Zacuto and Redrock costs. The Shape Spider is comfortable and built well.

Good luck



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Nels Chick
Re: 7D gear
on Dec 3, 2009 at 4:43:25 pm

Thanks Chuck!
I had a chat with SmallHD yesterday. Very helpful people. I believe they have a good product, but I've never used it. I plan on getting their DP1 for my next big gig (who knows when that will be). I'd be even more thrilled if there was an internal waveform monitor and vector scope, but I'm sure that's asking way too much for the price.

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Paul Kim
Re: 7D gear
on Jan 8, 2010 at 2:07:01 am

For those of you with the Ikan SmallHD, what's your thoughts about using it for handheld video on the 7D? I do a lot of documentary work, and am not quite satisfied with the Zacuto viewfinder for getting it really sharp, and for different angles. I hear it's light, but does it work okay for handheld on DSLRs?



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Paul Kim
Re: 7D gear
on Jan 8, 2010 at 5:27:56 am

Sorry, meant an Ikan and/or SmallHD monitor. Love the Marshalls, but pretty pricey.



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Chuck Spaulding
Re: 7D gear
on Jan 30, 2010 at 9:06:29 am

I just received this monitor and have used it on one shoot: http://www.coollcd.com/669ah-7-inch-tft-lcd-vga-monitor-no-touchscreen-hdmi....

Coollcd, were great, they responded to email and shipped quickly. I placed my order Friday night and received my 8" monitor Tuesday.

The first thing I did was connect it to my Mac to view color bars. It only has brightness and contrast controls, no hue or saturation. I never use field monitors to set color anyway, although it might be nice getting it a bit closer, but after setting up to bars I was surprised at how well I could judge exposure. I would get it to where I thought it looked good and stop down half a stop. Works great.

Picture quality is OK, certainly good enough for focus and composition. For the price this seems to be a no brainer.




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Paul Kim
Re: 7D gear
on Jan 30, 2010 at 5:44:36 pm

Chuck, how are you mounting and powering this thing? Does it work well for pulling focus--i.e., is it sharp?



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