Each Zacuto DSLR rig is modular, meaning it’s made up of discrete parts that can be added to expand its functionality—or subtracted to make a rig more compact and lightweight. These interchangeable parts all serve specific purposes, and Zacuto’s components attach and detach via standard quick-release knobs. The second part of our series on Zacuto DSLR rigs runs down the list of the most popular of these components, explaining their functions and examining various options within some of the part categories.
DSLR rigs start with a baseplate, which supports the DSLR camera and puts it at the proper height to accept accessories such as follow focuses and matte boxes. Other key components include handgrips, standard 15mm rods, shoulder-mount assemblies, mounting plates and articulating arms. Once you’ve built a skeleton that supports a camera’s weight and creates points of contact for an operator’s body, you’re ready to add accessories such as viewfinders and follow focus devices, which supply functions that DSLR cameras can’t handle by themselves.