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Zacuto Sony FS7 Recoil Kit

Code: ZAC/Z-S7R-V2
Next Generation Recoil rigs are designed for optimal balance and comfort when shoulder mounted or on a tripod. In a Recoil rig, the balance point needs to be directly over your shoulder which puts the camera behind you. This requires focus, monitoring and camera controls to be relocated forward, creating a lighter and shorter rig. Next Generation Recoil rigs are compatible with all cameras from a tiny mirrorless to a camera the size of an ALEXA.

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Next Generation Recoil Rigs for Sony FS7

There were three specific challenges to designing rigs for the Sony FS7 and FS5 cameras. The first was finding balance for shoulder mounted work, the second was re-positioning the camera handgrip forward, and the third was making the built in LCD screens usable by creating Z-Finders and moving them far forward to accommodate camera balance.

The Sony FS7 Recoil and Sony FS5 Recoil can be used with either an EVF, like our Gratical HD, or with a Zacuto Z-Finder using the camera’s own LCD monitor.

A built-in shoulder pad does not always mean a balanced camera. Older Betacam’s had built-in shoulder pads with heavy recorders and batteries as counterbalance, as well as a lower center of gravity. But, with modern lenses and cameras being similar weights, the balance point is approximately where the lens meets the camera body, which puts the camera behind you when properly balanced on your shoulder. By adding our VCT Universal baseplate you can slide the camera backward and forward to achieve perfect balance and comfort to accommodate various lenses and accessories.

If you want steady shots and want to be able to shoot all day you need to realize that your hands are not there to support the camera, that’s what your shoulder is for. Your hands should be guiding the camera, controlling the camera and focusing the camera. If you are supporting the weight of the camera with your hands you cannot move your hands to engage a button or focus without shaking the camera. Be able to shoot steady shots all day with our Next Generation Recoil–The only perfectly balanced rig for all cameras!

Sony FS7 Recoil

The Sony FS7 Recoil includes the VCT Pro baseplate. Inspired by traditional ENG cameras, it truly is the last baseplate you’ll ever need. This rig has a modified setup of our Axis Mini 360 degree articulating EVF mount that attaches to the front Sony camera with two screws and a quick release arm. Also included is a double-sided Handgrip Adaptor, Rosette Minimount, that clamps onto the VCT Universal iris rods and re-positions the Sony camera grip via a rosette.

This rig can be used with either an EVF, like our Gratical HD, with our Zacuto Z-Finder on the camera’s own monitor (not included), or with the Sony monitor.

Here’s how this rig breaks down: