The Recoil V2 is the ultimate balanced rig for the Canon C100/300/500. In the Recoil concept, the camera sits directly on your shoulder like a typical ENG camera. The Recoil V2 is super light and stripped down (if you are looking for something even more stripped down, check out the Recoil Lite V2). The Recoil V2 starts with the Studio Baseplate. It attaches to the camera with 3/8” 16 and ¼” 20 screws. There are 12” lightweight spaced 15mm threaded rods running through the Studio Baseplate. These can be extended to hold additional accessories at the front or back of the kit. They can slide back and forth through the plate to accommodate different lens lengths by loosening the two levers on the side of the plate. The Studio Baseplate also features lightweight spaced rod holes on either side of the plate. They accept a female rod end (or Zacuto Zamerican articulating arm) and tighten with an Allen. When sitting on a tripod, you can mount a Zwiss Plate V2 from the rod ports on the side of the baseplate (via two short female/female rods, not included) for better balance.
Unique to the Recoil system is the use of the Zacuto QR Shoulder Pad. The QR Shoulder Pad is a completely universal curved, padded shoulder pad system. The shoulder pad is designed to sit directly under your camera or baseplate putting the camera on top of your shoulder. The QR Shoulder Pad is a two part system that includes the shoulder pad itself and a separate dovetail plate that screws into the bottom of your camera or baseplate just like an ordinary tripod plate. The shoulder pad is set at an angle and made of form-fitting Akton Polymer pad to settle comfortably into your shoulder. The dovetail plate comes with one (1) ¼ 20 and one (1) 3/8 16 screw in sliding tracks that allows you to position the plate at any point under your baseplate for comfort and balance. The QR Shoulder Pad attaches, positions, and detaches from the dovetail plate with a quick release lever. The dovetail plate can act as a traditional tripod plate and snap directly into a tripod, monopod, slider or other standard piece of equipment.*
The Recoil also includes Zacuto's ENG Grip Relocator that positions the C100/300** removable grip at the rods for comfort and convenience. The Canon C100/300 removable grip attaches directly to the Relocator handle and Zacuto's exclusive right angle cable connects to the port on your camera. Once its plugged in, users have trigger or on/off control, lens aperture control, and a programmable function button that can be set to a number of things including waveform, 1 to 1 zoom, zebras, my menu, and many more. The cable is 24" long.
The Recoil V2 requires the use of an EVF or other external monitor. It is recommend to use the Z-Finder EVF Pro and the EVF Rod Mount to mount the EVF to the Recoil V2.
The Recoil V2 is a great kit for run & gun style or all day shooting with the Canon EOS C100/C300/C500. It is an extremely versatile kit.
*The dovetail plate included with this shoulder pad is compatible with Kessler or Really Right Stuff equipment. If you have any other tripod, consider adding the Zacuto Tripod Adapter Plate to make moving from handheld to tripod to dolly to slider a breeze.
**The Grip Relocator can be used with the C500. However, the C500 camera does not come with the Canon Grip. You must purchase that separately from Canon.