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ZacutoStudio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Highly compatible (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Independent films (4)
  • Everyday (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (6), Business owner (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is the one that works.

We went through FOUR different sets of rods/rails/baseplates before settling on this one for our C300PL. I was basically trying to avoid spending $ on the Zacuto so we tried several other...Read complete review

We went through FOUR different sets of rods/rails/baseplates before settling on this one for our C300PL. I was basically trying to avoid spending $ on the Zacuto so we tried several other solutions that were each less than a fourth the price, but in the end it was worth it. The Zacuto is the only one that we found that has a super-low profile that works well with the top-heavy C300. This one works perfectly, no complaints at all. Zacuto products are extremely well made, but I've always found them to be somewhat overpriced because you can usually find a similar product from another vendor that works just as well at a fraction of the cost. Not in this case, though... this baseplate is the ONLY one like it and the only one I would recommend for the C300. It seems expensive for what you get, but buying something cheaper is false economy in this case.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works when you have no other option

Plate is junk. The knobs are hard on fingers and don't tighten enough to stop rods from spinning. Heavy, too wide, very difficult to get camera screws in and flat on camera...Read complete review

Plate is junk. The knobs are hard on fingers and don't tighten enough to stop rods from spinning. Heavy, too wide, very difficult to get camera screws in and flat on camera base- they're fully threaded so you have to play with it to get them to thread the base and camera without a gap. Very very very slow to mount and dismount. All around a very poorly designed piece, but when it's the only option in stock last minute, what can I expect? If you can wait to get ANY other base then please do so. It's like zacuto wants to make this as inefficient and annoying as possible.

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5.0

Perfect

By Bross

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

Solidly built. No regrets.

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5.0

Heavy Duty!

By Lukeee

from California

Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

This thing is a beast! Just started using it and it supports my C100 really nicely! It is easy to attract to any tripod and put other accessories on it! Kinda pricey though, look for a used one before buying a new one to save money! Great product though!

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5.0

A Must Have if you are a C-Series owner

By Carlos Corral

from El Paso, TX

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

    If you are thinking of upgrading to a C100, C300, or C500, I would for sure recommend this studio baseplate. It helps a lot when rigging my C100 with all sorts of accessories, including my Zacuto follow focus and EVF.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Solid

    By LenchFilms

    from Greenville, SC

    Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

    Works very well, I paired with canon c100 and redrock micro mattebox, feels solid, well engineered.

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    5.0

    Until now, I've loathed Zacuto products

    By Wynne Motion Imaging

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • EXPENSIVE

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Handheld
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

    It's expensive, it's heavy, and it's worth it.

    The Zacuto Studio Baseplate for the C300 is the perfect baseplate for this camera. I've used a bunch of other baseplates on this camera and they all leave me wanting. With this I can pop it on a tripod, pull it off and operate it "man-cam" style, or throw it on my shoulder.

    I never thought I'd own a Zacuto anything, until now my experience with their products has been frustrating. This product is so well designed, I'm most likely going to buy the Recoil QR shoulder pad and c300 handle relocator. Good job, Zacuto, you got me.

    This product is pretty expensive, but the alternatives are so lackluster or ultra-expensive, that it's just right.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Tim at Deja View Media

    from Greensboro, NC

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

      Excellent baseplate. Fit my C100 perfectly. I use it in the field for on-location shooting. Very sturdy and love the design that allows it to counterbalance on the tripod head easily. Well done, Zacuto.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I dig Zacuto

      By JLScott

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commercial work
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

        I think some Zacuto stuff is over priced but for what is out there and the quality you get with all Zacuto gear this one is worth. Fairly priced with the competition, great build and quick. The rods are a bit long with how I have my C300 configured so I currently use a set of 7" rods with my baseplate cause I only need rods off the front end for follow focus and matte box. No need for anything off the back at the moment for me. I recommend this baseplate.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good product

        By Mac

        from Monterey, CA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

          I usually use Chrosziel, went for Zacuto this time… Good base, although a tad bit heavy.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great things from zacuto

          By Cwilie

          from Texas

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Short Films
            • Studio

            Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

            Not much to say if you own a c300 this is the only base plate to get, great Quality from zacuto easy to setup and take down

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            4.0

            A must for the c300..

            By Matt

            from Bay area

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use

              Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

              Nice, well designed... Low profile... Lightweight, rail system for c300.
              My matte box does not have vertical adjustments but with this baseplate it mounted up to the lenses just right.
              My only gripe is I wish the side ports that accept adjustable arms etc... Had quick release... Gotta keep a hex wrench close at hand if you want to remove items mounted directly into these ports...
              Not a deal breaker tho' ... Highly recommended...

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              5.0

              Perfect...From Sticks To Jib to Steadica

              By Bobby..Just Bobby

              from Lafayette, Louisiana

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

                Not much more to say then WOW. The price is great. Balance on my Steadicam was easy and attaching my Film gear clamp for my Jimmy Jib to focus EF Lenses...was perfect...

                Highly Recommend

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                4.0

                This is the one that works.

                By T2

                from Huntsville, Alabama

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Low profile
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

                  We went through FOUR different sets of rods/rails/baseplates before settling on this one for our C300PL. I was basically trying to avoid spending $ on the Zacuto so we tried several other solutions that were each less than a fourth the price, but in the end it was worth it. The Zacuto is the only one that we found that has a super-low profile that works well with the top-heavy C300. This one works perfectly, no complaints at all. Zacuto products are extremely well made, but I've always found them to be somewhat overpriced because you can usually find a similar product from another vendor that works just as well at a fraction of the cost. Not in this case, though... this baseplate is the ONLY one like it and the only one I would recommend for the C300. It seems expensive for what you get, but buying something cheaper is false economy in this case.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Works when you have no other option

                  By JB

                  from NYC

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Poor Design
                    • Slow

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zacuto Studio Baseplate with 12" (30.48 cm) Rods for C100/C300/C500:

                      Plate is junk. The knobs are hard on fingers and don't tighten enough to stop rods from spinning. Heavy, too wide, very difficult to get camera screws in and flat on camera base- they're fully threaded so you have to play with it to get them to thread the base and camera without a gap. Very very very slow to mount and dismount. All around a very poorly designed piece, but when it's the only option in stock last minute, what can I expect? If you can wait to get ANY other base then please do so. It's like zacuto wants to make this as inefficient and annoying as possible.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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