Those fancy digital SLR's that also shoot high-rez video can now step up into Hollywood-style filmmaking. If you have one of the latest digital SLRs that also shoot high-def video (such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Nikon D90, or Panasonic Lumix HG1), now you can go ultra-portable with a Hybrid Cinema Rig from Redrock Micro.
This is not the first pro-style DSLR gear from Redrock — last year the company rolled out its first digital SLR attachments with matte boxes and such — but this year's crop of DSLR 2.0 Hybrid Cinema Rigs is surprisingly affordable, with prices starting at $195. The attachments make it easier to follow focus (which is not automatic in the current crop of digital SLR video shooters), attach bigger viewscreens, and give filmmakers a form factor that's easier to hand-hold, stabilize and accommodate a big shotgun microphone.
The big advantage of all this? It's the DSLR's shallow depth of field and variety of lens choices, giving you film-look footage that just a few years ago was only available on high-end film cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars. And that price was before you started buying film and its associated processing, which is pretty much like piling up a stack of hundred dollar bills and burning them.
Take a look at a close-up of another configuration:
This new rig was good enough for our friends at DV Magazine to give it their coveted Black Diamond Award at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas.
Here's the press release:
Redrock Micro Announces New DSLR 2.0 Hybrid Cinema Rigs
New low cost accessories advance DSLRs into next-generation hybrid still and cinema-style shooting
April 22, 2009 Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the leading provider of cinema accessories for digital filmmakers, today announced the new DSLR 2.0 line of Redrock cinema accessories for video DSLR cameras, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Nikon D90, and Panasonic Lumix HG1. Redrock's DSLR 2.0 products build on Redrock's successful launch of the original DSLR Cinema Bundles already in wide use today, and address an emerging new ultra portable shooting style.
DSLR 2.0 delivers cinema support & accessories for hybrid still and cinema shooting
Video DSLRs alone are not stable enough nor provide the features for cinema-style production. Redrock's previous DSLR Cinema Bundles (launched in 2008) add the weight, form factor, and features (such as mattebox, follow focus, and support cage) that transform DSLRs into viable cinema production rigs.
DSLR 2.0 accessories build on Redrock's current products to address the emerging new hybrid shooting style enabled by DSLR video cameras that combine the ultra portability and lightweight of DSLR shooting with cinema-style accessories, features, and standards.
"Redrock's previous DSLR Cinema Bundles transform DSLR video cameras into the form factor, features, and durability of a cinema-style camera," said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionist for Redrock Micro. "DSLR 2.0 accessories are designed for shooters who want cinema accessories and features, but a more portable lightweight solution that can be feature-configured to exactly meet their needs. Our customers also said they wanted more affordable solutions that can be purchased in pieces. Our new systems are in the hundreds of dollars."
"Canon is a leader in the explosion of interest in DSLR video with our ground-breaking Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera with full HD video," said David Sparer, senior manager, Professional Product Market, Canon U.S.A., "Redrock's new DSLR 2.0 gear is a fantastic accessory which can be used with Canon DSLR cameras, and delivers a portable, lightweight shooting rig which can help adapt use of our DSLRs to fit many diverse needs."
Redrock DSLR 2.0: affordable building blocks
Affordability is always a hallmark of Redrock products. DSLR 2.0 delivers even more economical solutions starting for as little as $195. Kit and full rig pricing varies based on the components selected.
At the heart of DSLR 2.0 product line is approximately two dozen individual components that can be mixed and matched at purchase time to provide the exact configuration customers desire. The new unique Redrock DSLR baseplate is the foundation for DSLR 2.0 configurations. It features ultra light design, unique locking pin for DSLRs to eliminate rotation, and quick release clamp for fast transformations, such as from tripod to handheld shooting.
Availability and Pricing
The Redrock Micro DSLR 2.0 products are available for immediate ordering from Redrock direct and from select Redrock resellers. Pricing depends on configuration, and start as low as $195. More details can be found at http://www.redrockmicro.com
About Redrock Micro
Redrock Microsystems delivers high quality cinema accessories for digital filmmakers at revolutionary prices. Redrock Micro's products are designed to enhance DV, HD and video DSLR cameras including Panasonic, Sony, Canon, and JVC for true cinema-style shooting. At the heart of the Redrock family is the award-winning Redrock M2 Encore Cinema Lens adapter, which creates the shallow depth of field, angle of view, and focus techniques typically only found in 35mm motion pictures. Additional cinema accessories include the microFollowFocus, microMattebox, microSupport system, and microShoulderMount. Through a unique business approach of direct-to-customer and build-to-order, Redrock delivers the quality and features of premium solutions at a fraction of the price. This approach is ideal for independent filmmakers, owners/operators, film educators and students, and budget-conscious moviemakers. Redrock Micro has offices in Dallas, Texas, and Hollywood, California. Red rock Micro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.redrockmicro.com.