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The Tornado Recoil Shoulder Rig for Sony F5 and F55 Cameras is a stable rig for the Sony F5 and F55 digital cinema cameras. It includes the F5-F55 baseplate, a QR shoulder pad, and the Recoil handgrip kit - a unique mechanical handgrip follow focus set up. At the center of this rig is the Zacuto Sony F5/F55 baseplate with 12" rods.
Directly underneath the Sony F5-F55 baseplate is the Zacuto QR shoulder pad, which puts the camera directly on top of your shoulder for balance and comfort. It sets the camera in the correct position so your eye can comfortably reach the Sony viewfinder.
Instead of traditional handgrips, this rig includes Recoil handgrip kit. The kit is comprised of a Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel handle, a Z-Drive follow focus, and the Zacuto Tornado. The Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel is a complete single handgrip set up that slides and clamps onto a single 15mm rod. The rod attached to the handle is 4.5" long. The Zacuto Z-Drive is a unique, universal follow focus, perfect for a Recoil rig set up. It curves away from the operator at a 60 degree angle creating space and distance from the lens for comfortable use when the camera is on your shoulder. The Tornado attaches to the Z-Drive whip port and works in tandem with the Z-Drive to create a unique mechanical follow focus handgrip perfect for single operator shoulder mounted work. With this unique system, you can keep your hands in the same place during handheld camera operation. Being able to focus with your handgrip keeps the camera rock solid as opposed to releasing your left hand to grab a traditional follow focus or the lens which makes your camera rock.
QR Shoulder Pad
The Zacuto QR Shoulder Pad is shaped to fit comfortably on your shoulder, providing a quick release (QR) camera-mounted pad to cushion your shoulder from the camera. The gel pad cushion is made from Akton Polymer, which absorbs shock and vibration and retains its properties in temperature extremes far exceeding what you or I could tolerate.
The included QR plate attaches to a camera or baseplate, and you slide the plate into the QR clamp on the shoulder pad. This allows you to easily adjust the camera's position on the shoulder pad for balance and comfort. The QR system also allows you to quickly remove the shoulder pad and mount the camera to a tripod with a compatible QR mechanism.
Baseplate for Sony F5/F55
The Zacuto Baseplate for Sony F5/F55 is a rod support system designed specifically for the Sony PMW-F5 & PMW-F55 cameras. It provides the correct distance between the 15mm rods and the center of the lens allowing you to properly mate standard, rod-mounted matteboxes and follow focus units and helps prevent misalignment that can cause stress or binding to your lenses.
The baseplate features 1/4" and 3/8" camera tie-down screws that float in a channel until tightened to the camera allowing you to adjust the balance of the Sony F5/F55 on the baseplate. The two included 15mm support rods feature threaded ends to accommodate rod extensions. Four, ratcheting locking levers hold the rods securely in place, and because the levers are racheted, you can lock or loosen the support rods even when there is little room to move the levers. The plate also features both 1/4" and 3/8" threaded holes for mounting to a tripod. The threaded holes are part of a plate that slides forward or backward to help balance the camera on the tripod head.
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.