DSLR-style cameras are portable, relatively inexpensive and can create great looking images. But, they also need a rig to hold the rest of the gear, along with the camera.
A long-time reader, who asked to remain anonymous, created their own custom 6K shooting rig. I thought you’d be interested in what they did.
We recently acquired one of the new Blackmagic Design 6K cameras, since we have several really good EF-Mount lenses that we use with the 4K Ultra Mini. These also include a set of three Schneider primes that are terrific.
But the camera requires a rig for optimal shooting. What I have done is use the Tilta cage and sunshade for the LCD, with a Tilta grip that contains a battery and holds a Samsung SSD which attaches via the USB port on the cam. By itself at 6k, 60fps it provides 74 minutes of recording.
I have put a fairly short neck strap on it and by holding it taught can keep the cam pretty steady. I don’t worry about shake too much since it can be fixed in post.
With the big Canon 24-70mm zoom lens it’s a bit of a load but the weight also makes it easier to hold steady.
All of the accessories are interchangeable with the 4K except, obviously, the lenses.
This was not an off-the-shelf configuration, but I do a lot of handheld shooting. I had to do a lot of scrounging for adapters, etc. to get it together. Here are some key points:
The only place that this rig doesn’t work (so far) is in bright sunlight. You just can’t see any detail on the LCD even with the sunshade.
I tried the LCD+Loupe for a while but it is cumbersome, and difficult to hold close to the eye for long periods. I have gone back to my old GH-5 for bright sun. I have also been begging BMD to provide a low profile EVF to simulate the DSLR’s. However, whenever I make suggestions I don’t know where they end up.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Larry adds: Thanks for sharing your notes.
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