The Swedish Chameleon SC4:MEDIUM is a dovetail based shoulder support with follow focus, bridgeplate, handles, and camera quick release.
The SC4:MEDIUM is created for filmmakers who want an advanced run ‘n gun rig with the ability to use accessories like follow focus, mattebox, etc. The dovetail system makes the transition from tripod/no rig to shoulder fast and clean. It includes the belt driven one-rod-mount SC4:FFOCUS that together with the handles unit is designed in a way that makes it possible to hold onto the handles while pulling focus. This is as complete and compact as a run 'n gun rig. It can be assembled for both left- and right-hand use.
The shoulder piece and handles unit can be detached from the rig in seconds, leaving you with a complete tripod top consisting of a 150mm dual dovetail plate, bridgeplate with two 15mm iris rods, quick release plate, camera fixation plate for one-screw mount cameras and follow focus.
It suits all DSLRs and camcorders and is also compatible with cages of all kinds. All that limits you is the weight of your setup since you will still carry a lot of weight on your arms. SC4:MEDIUM easily upgrades to an SC4:LARGE, giving you a unique backrod support (weightless counter weight system) that takes all weight of your arms.
The SC4:FFOCUS is a one-rod-mount (15mm) reversible follow focus with the belt pull system in place of a traditional gear wheel system, making it buttery and precise to pull focus. A timing belt, made durably with cevlar core, loops around a belt wheel on the follow focus and around the focus ring of a lens. At the turn of the focus wheel, the belt pulls focus accurately without any play. It works with any diameter still lens or cinema lens. A major benefit of the belt system is that you don't have to keep the follow focus right next to the camera. On the SC4:FFOCUS, the angle is freely adjustable even when tightened.
The SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm is the core of the SC4:MEDIUM and SC4:LARGE. It is a 150mm long and 49.2mm wide (19mm thick) dual dovetail plate that suits all tripods compatible with the manfrotto 501PL/500PLONG and such. It has safety pins on both ends to reduce the risk of gear sliding off by mistake. The dovetail plate allows for balance adjustments when shooting on tripod and for positioning of the whole setup when on shoulder. It also has holes for attaching a mounting plate (sold separately) that allows you to mount other types of tripod plates or to extend with an additional SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm. To assemble the SC4:MEDIUM you simply slide on the SC4:MODULAR BRIDGEPLATE to the top of the SC4:DUAL DT PLATE and to the bottom you slide on the SC4:DT HANDLES UNIT and the SC4:DT CLAMP SINGLE ROD 15mm with SC4:ROD S-SHAPED 15 x 400mm CC110.
The SC4:MODULAR BRIDGEPLATE is the bridge between the camera and the SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm. It holds two 15mm rods (2 pieces 300 x 15mm rods are included but you can use any length of standard 15mm rods). Rods are easilly adjusted horisontally and tightened by the turn of an adjustable knob. The rods enable mounting of SC4:FFOCUS (also other dual rod mounted follow focuses), mattebox, and other accessories. The distance from center of rod to camera base is 29.6mm and centre to centre of rods is industry standard 60mm. The top and bottom of the SC4: MODULAR BRIDGEPLATE is dovetail style.
The SC4:DT CAMERA QR PLATE is slided onto the top of the SC4: MODULAR BRIDGEPLATE for an SC4:MEDIUM/SC4:LARGE setup or straight onto the SC4:DT CLAMP SINGLE ROD 15mm and the SC4:DT HANDLES UNIT for an SC4:SMALL setup. This makes it super smooth to go from tripod/no rig to full shoulder setup -just keep the SC4:DT CAMERA QR PLATE attached to the camera at all times. The SC4:DT CAMERA QR PLATE suits all tripods that are compatible with the manfrotto 501PL and such.
If your camera only has one mounting hole, just use the supplied SC4:DSLR FIXATION PLATE. The plates' anti-skid rubbers together with adjustable stops create an anti-twist system to keep the camera from rotating on any quick release plate. It has 2 x 1/4” and 2 x 3/8” threaded holes for mounting of the quick release plate. Two holes at the back of the plate enables mounting of viewfinder frames (sold separately) and extra anti-rotation bracket.
The lightweight, simple shoulder piece consists of a foam dressed SC:ROD S-SHAPED 15 x 400mm CC110. Depending on how you rotate the rod you can make vertical adjustments (chest to eye level) with as much as 22cm. You can choose to keep the rod under your arm, leaning it on the shoulder or detach it completely from the support. Having the rig resting on your shoulder instead of pressing it towards your chest (as is the case with many run n' gun gunstock solutions) reduces arm fatigue and gives you a third stabilisation point that results in smooth movements and does wonders for reducement of shakiness and micro-shakes (micro-shakes gives that cellphone video gelly effect that you really don't want).
The SC:ROD S-SHAPED 15 x 400mm CC110 is connected to the bottom of the SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm by an SC4:DT CLAMP SINGLE ROD 15mm, this clamp can be positioned for both left- and right-hand shooting. The clamp simply slides onto the SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm (or straight on the SC4:DT CAMERA QR PLATE for an SC:SMALL setup) and is secured with a knob.
The SC4:DT HANDLES UNIT consists of a dovetail dual 22mm rod clamp, two 22 x 130mm handle rods and two curved handles with rubber grip. It has a wide distance of 140mm from center to center of the handle rods giving you roll stability and comfortable arm positioning. The 22mm handle rods can be adjusted horizontally and rotated to always allow for a perfect position of the handles. You can also turn the handles straight up creating a v-rig for low down shooting. The SC4:DT HANDLES UNIT easily slides onto the SC4:DUAL DT PLATE 150mm (or straight on the SC4:DT CAMERA QR PLATE for an SC:SMALL setup) and is firmly secured by a knob.
This rig is made from 7075 CNC-machined aluminium and weighs in at over 3.5 lb (1.6kg).