Redrock Micro: Running Man Nano DSLR Rig Review

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Redrock Micro about my previous post on the Microfinder Accessory. We exchanged several emails and they informed me that an updated version of the Microfinder Loupe Accessory was available. Long story short, I have a review unit of the new finder accessory and of the Running Man Rig. Today we are going to look at the Nano rig. Later this week we will look at the updated loupe accessory.

The one problem that I had with many of the HDSLR rigs that were available was that they were very impractical for the type of work that I do. Most of the systems were built around a rod system with a matte box and shoulder support which are heavy, cumbersome in size and don’t allow me to switch back to shooting stills easily. Redrock Micro must of been listening to their customers when they debuted the Nano rigs at NAB. You get many of the benefits of stabilization without the extra weight and extra cost.

The setup above is what I have been using for the last couple of days to shoot stills and video. It’s made up of a Canon EOS 7D, EF 16-35mm f2.8L wide angle lens, a Sennheiser MKE-400 mic with windscreen, a Rycote hot shoe extension, an audio recorder (soon to be replaced with a Samson Zoom H1 recorder, if it ever arrives) and Sennheiser wireless lav mics.

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What is all this stuff?

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I’ll tell you what it is. It’s one of the new Nano rigs from Redrock Micro. In the next couple of days I will have an in depth review of some of their new products including an update to the Microfinder Loupe accessory. Stay tuned for a lot more.

NAB Brings the HDSLR Goodies

I really wanted to go to the National Association of Broadcasters Expo this year. Due to financial reasons that didn’t happen. Thanks to dslrnewsshooter.com I can find out about the accessories that matter to working photojournalists. There are 2 things that I really wanted to see or hear about this year: a support designed for the true photojournalism style of “run and gun” video and something that will help me get better audio straight out of the camera.

NAB didn’t disappoint. RedRock Micro is set to introduce a smaller set of supports that don’t include a follow focus unit or rails. This is pretty much what I have been looking for since I first got my Canon EOS 7D. Check out the video below for more information.

Juicedlink has been in my sights for a long time. Ever since Danfung Dennis mentioned that he was using one for HDSLR video, I have been interested. Now they are set to release the DT454 that not only cancels out the Automatic Gain Control of the 7D it also gives you 2 balanced and 2 unbalanced inputs for mics. 48v phantom power is also provided over the XLR connectors. Great stuff for being able to gather good, clean audio in camera as opposed to using an external recorder. I am going to pre-order one ASAP. Check out the video below for more information.

UPDATED: Redrock Micro microFinder Loupe and Hoodloupe Review

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UPDATED: Shooting video with the Canon EOS 7D is no easy task. Trying to hold the camera steady, keep your subject in focus at f2.8 and remembering to capture usable audio is all part of the game you play every time you press record. There are now a ton of companies out there that are specifically making products that are supposed to help HD DSLR users capture better video and audio.

One of the first companies to do so is Redrock Micro. They make a product called the microFinder Loupe that works in conjunction with the Hoodloupe 3.0. Basically what the microFinder does is securely hold the Hoodloupe in place. Together, they allow you to use the camera’s viewfinder to focus while shooting video. I am going to include a ton of photos with this post due to the fact that when I was researching the microFinder I couldn’t find a good set to get a feel for how this would work on a 7D.

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Reviews of HD DSLR oriented products coming soon

I have been a bit short on content on the blog here recently. Its not because I haven’t had anything to say it is because I have been busy testing out a bunch of HD DSLR oriented products. In the next couple of days (actual work permitting) I will have several new reviews to post. Just to give you a little taste, these products are made by:

  • Redrock Micro
  • Sennheiser
  • Hoodman
  • Manfrotto
  • Canon

So stay tuned. If you are a HD DSLR news shooter, I promise it will be worth your time.