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The Tilta Universal Shoulder Rig Unit delivers field-tested reliability, solid construction and all the features required for professional performance. The rig features the DSLR cage system with matte box and V-Lock Baseplate that rises above competitors in its price range and class. It is compatible with most DSLRs and has an adjustable base plate that prevents twisting and sliding. The included lightweight matte box features two independent rotating filter trays and a swing away design for quick lens changes. The follow focus features wo adjustable hard stops and variable tension control.. The handgrips provide three points of adjustment and are texturized for a solid grip.
The components of the rig allow it to be configured for run ‘ gun shooting to full blown tripod or hand held indie production rig. The top handle allows you to carry the whole rig without stressing your camera and allows for hand held low angle shots.
Baseplate & Dovetail Plate
The baseplate features two components, a removable sliding baseplate for mounting the camera and a dovetail plate for the shoulder pad and tripod attachment Sliding Baseplate
The sliding baseplate features both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 captive stainless steel camera tie-down screws and an adjustable DSLR brace that locks your DSLR in place and prevents it from twisting after you have mounted it. You can remove the DSLR brace and use the 3/8"-16 tie-down to mount larger cameras such as the XF305 or even a RED to the baseplate.
The dovetail plate provides four inches of travel for the sliding baseplate and features spring loaded safety catches. It features a Sony V-lock mount that interfaces with a Sony VCT-U14 Tripod Adapter, and the V-lock is tapped with both a 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded mounting hole, so you can attach your own quick release plate to use with your tripod. The shoulder pad is made from a non-reversible rigid foam that is contoured to fit on the camera operators right shoulder and has two and a quarter inches of forward/back adjustment for balance.
The front mounted 15mm LWS rod clamps are vertically adjustable, which allows you to adjust the rod to lens height for aligning matte boxes and other rod-mounted accessories to cameras with non-standard lens mount heights. On the back of the dovetail plate is an under-slung cold shoe mount and a second 15mm rod clamp, with up to an inch of vertical adjustment, for adding available rods and rod accessories. The rod clamp levers are all "kipping" levers, which means they are spring loaded so you can reset them to fully open or lock them even if you can't rotate the lever fully because of interference by other gear.
The matte box itself is made out of carbon fiber with aluminum used for the support structure. This provides a lightweight yet sturdy unit that is appropriate for shooting hand-held or with a stabilizer rig, when every ounce counts.
Swing Away Design
The swing-away design allows you to quickly move the matte box out of the way to check or change lenses, without having to remove the matte box from the support rods. This way you don't have to hand off the matte box to someone else, hold it under an arm or between your knees, or hang it under the rods while you work, greatly speeding your workflow and reducing the chance of dropping the matte box or having a filter tray fall out.
Rotating 4 x 4 Filter Trays
The matte box features two independently rotating 4 x 4 filter trays; this allows you to simultaneously rotate two filters, such as one polarizer and one graduated filter, or even two graduated filters, for creative effect.
Top & Side Flags
The removable top and side flags provide you additional flare control and attach to the matte box with a lockable-hinged assembly. This allows you to precisely set your flags to match the edge of frame for different lenses and lock them in place so that they don't move during the shot.
Anti Reflection Inserts
The three included anti reflection inserts work with lenses with an outer diameter of 72, 80, and 90 mm. They provide a light-tight seal so that light from behind the camera cannot leak through where the lens joins the matte box and reflect off filters to flare your image. When you are using lenses with outer diameters other than 72, 80, and 90 mm or with lenses that have excessive focus travel it is recommended to use the cloth "nun's knickers" to prevent light leaks.
Follow Focus Unit
The included follow focus unit snaps on and locks to 15mm LWS rods. It features a variable tension adjustment and two adjustable hard stops, which comes in handy when working with lenses that feature unlimited focus rotation and effortless movement. This allows you to add a comfortable amount of drag to your focus knob, and the hard stops allow you to make rapid focus pulls with repeatable accuracy. When working with lenses that feature their own internal focus stops, you can use the hard stops to give you a beginning and end to a snap focus pull, lessening the risk of over shooting and "pinning" the end of the lens and damaging it.
The focus-marking disk is angled, making it easier to see your marks from behind the camera or from the operators position. It includes a 12" focus whip, crank handle and 5 removable lens gear rings
The handgrip mounts to either 19 mm studio support rods or lightweight 15 mm support rods without having to use adapters or changing out support bridges. This allows you to use the same handgrip system that easily moves from one system to another. The handgrip clamps onto the rods, so it is easy to put on and remove. Unlike grips that slide onto the rods, this unit pops onto the rods, so it is easy to change its position on the rods without having to remove the matte box, follow focus, or lens supports.
The supports can be positioned to almost any available position on the support rods, so you can adjust the position to give you the optimal mix of balance, support, and comfort. The rosettes allow you to adjust the rig in almost limitless positions. Each component can be separated at the rosettes and allowing you to custom configure the system based on the needs of the shot. The ARRI rosettes allow you to use available ARRI handgrips or other available accessories that feature ARRI compatible rosettes with this unit if you wish. You can also use the components of this system to expand the capabilities of cameras and other supports that feature Arri compatible rosettes. The locking levers are "kipping" (spring loaded), and this allows you to loosen or tighten them fully, even if you cannot rotate them a full 360°.
Comfort & Grip
The rubber handgrips are textured and feature the Tilta name impressed into the grip providing a slip resistant surface.
The three curved arms mount to the rig to forma a side cage, and provide support for top mounted 15mm LWS rods. You can adjust the configuration of the curved arms, allowing you to use different cameras on the rig. You can also remove the curved arms entirely if you don't need a top handle, and wish to use a large camera such as a RED, XF305 or PMW EX-1.
The Top Handle mounts to 15mm LWS support rods, providing you a strong grip on the camera rig, that doesn't stress the camera's body.
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