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The Zacuto Recoil Hangrip Kit is a double handgrip and follow focus system for 15mm rod support rigs. It features a Zacuto Z-Drive follow focus, Tornado Handgrip for Z-Drive, and a Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel Handgrip. The Recoil Handgrip Kit pushes focusing forward and down for easy accessibility while also providing double handgrips for stability. It is designed for rigs that position the camera directly above your shoulder, such as Zacuto's Recoil rigs.
The Zacuto Z-Drive follow focus attaches to a single 15mm rod and features a 60° curve to create distance from the lens. It features a fixed 0.8 pitch gear, marking disc, and a standard accessory port for attaching the Zacuto Tornado Handgrip. The Tornado features a comfortable horn shape handle that works in tandem with the curve of the Z-Drive to serve as a handgrip for a shoulder support system. The handle rotates freely, allowing you to place your thumb and forefinger on the scalloped focus wheel and turn your whole hand to pull focus.
For a two-handed support system, the Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel Handgrip mounts onto the opposite 15mm rod as your Z-Drive and Tornado Handgrip. It features a 4.5" rod, Z-Mount Zwivel 2 for adjusting the rod angle, and a fully articulating handgrip.
Please note that because of the curved design of the Z-Drive, it is not compatible with matte boxes when working shoulder mounted.
Please see the links below for more information on the various components of this kit.
Recoil Handgrip Kit
Z-Drive, Follow Focus & Tornado
The Zacuto Z-Drive is a follow focus unit designed for single-operator shoulder mounted rigs. It attaches to a single 15mm rod and features a curved design that creates space and distance from the lens. This extra space provides for more comfortable use when the camera rig is on your shoulder.
The Z-Drive is adjustable for use with a variety of lens sizes, and can be operated on either side of your rig, facing either towards the lens, or backward toward the operator for use with a standard focus whip when on a tripod or dolly. It slides onto a single 15mm rod and tightens into place with a quick-release ratcheting lever. It can also be adjusted towards and away from your lens via a red thumb screw, for use with a variety of lens diameters.
The Z-Drive has a fixed 0.8 pitch gear for connecting to your lens. For lenses that don't have 0.8 pitch gears, like most DSLR lenses, Zacuto ZipGears are available, sold separately. Also available is the Zacuto Tornado, which attaches to the Z-Drive's whip port and provides a mechanical follow focus handgrip.
Please note: The Z-Drive is not compatible with matte boxes.
60° curved design
Slender marking disc for repeatable focus pulls
Standard accessory port for Zacuto, Chrosziel, and Arri whips / cranks
Universal joint and no internal gears, so it won't develop any play
Tornado Grip for Z-Drive
The Tornado Grip for Z-Drive from Zacuto is a mechanical follow focus handgrip for single-operator, shoulder mounted shooting. It connects to the whip port on the Zacuto Z-Drive follow focus and provides both a handgrip for two-handed shoulder mount rigs, and a focus wheel for controlling your Z-Drive. The Tornado's comfortable horn shape works in tandem with the 60° curve of the Z-Drive and is particularly useful with Zacuto Recoil support rigs, where the camera is mounted directly over your shoulder.
The Tornado slides in the Z-Drive's whip port by pushing down on the round plunger and pushing it into the port. Once you release the plunger, the Tornado is securely attached. The handle rotates freely, allow you to place your thumb and forefinger on the scalloped focus wheel and turn your whole hand to pull focus. Simply release your thumb and forefinger from the focus wheel, rotate your wrist back, and grab the focus wheel again for more range.
Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel Handgrip
The Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel Handgrip from Zacuto comes with a black 4.5" rod and a Z-Mount Zwivel. It easily mounts on any 15mm rod with the quick release handgrip. The Zwivel allows you to change the angle between two 15mm rods by loosening the single lever that controls both the 15mm holes. Adjustments to achieve the desired angle are possible by the separation between the parts induced by the integrated spring.
The Zwivel allows you to change the angle between two 15mm rods by loosening the single lever that controls both the 15mm holes.
The Handgrip supports all 15mm rods with the quick release handgrip.
The integrated spring separates the parts for you to achieve the desired angle between the rods.