Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cine-Gear Expo 2011 - Cinevate

Cinevate is smaller competitor to RedRock and Zacuto. They are based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I really liked what I saw, as well as the fact that they do most of their manufacturing and assembly in Canada.

First up, the Pegasus Table Dolly.

Available with a carbon rod system ($1,400.00 USD) or as a stand-alone ($900.00 USD), this table dolly has a 100mm bowl (a 75mm bowl adapter is available) and can support between 15 and 20 pounds.

Next, they have the Simplis Duo DSLR rig (with the 7D shown in the picture):

Made of machined aluminum and fiber-reinforced plastic, this rig is super-light (less than 10 pounds with the 7D mounted, and significantly lighter than the RedRock Shoulder-Mount Deluxe). I also like that the viewfinder sits higher than a Zacuto Z-Finder, allowing your hands to be in a more ergonomic position. The quick-release shown above supports a Bogen 501 plate, but is made of aluminum and is thus lighter than a similar Bogen quick-release. This rig goes for $574.00 USD without the viewfinder and is just over $1,000.00 USD with the viewfinder.

Saving the best for last, they have the Cyclops 5x View-Finder and the Durus 0.8 pitch Follow-Focus. These are pictured on what they call their "Core Rig".

The Core Rig shown here is with a 7D mounted. The Cyclops 5x Viewfinder is my favorite component. It has twice the capability of the Zacuto Z-Finder 2.5x and costs about the same (between $300.00 USD and $450.00 USD). Also the eye-cup is big enough for both eyes!

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