Vidpro MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig

Vidpro MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig

Vidpro MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig

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Product Highlights

  • 15mm Rod Shoulder Rig for DSLRs
  • Motorized Lens Control System
  • Two Lens Drive Motors for Focus and Zoom
  • Integrated Control Switches on Handles
  • Variable-Speed Operation
  • Height-Adjustable Platform
  • Removable Camera Plate
  • Offset Riser Bracket
  • Set of Three Lens Gear Rings
  • LP-E6-Type Battery and Charger Included
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Vidpro MR-500 overview

  • 1Description

The MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig from Vidpro features battery-powered lens drive motors and handles with integrated thumb-controlled switches to enable full lens control without having to remove your hands from the grips. The shoulder-mounted rig is built around two pairs of 12" long 15mm rods linked by a riser bracket that offsets your camera 45° for easier viewing of rear LCD screens. Additional rig components include a set of 10" long arms, cushioned hand grips, a shoulder pad, and a height-adjustable camera platform with a removable camera plate. Two rod-mounted lens drives are included, one for focus and one for zoom, as well as a set of three lens gear rings that are suitable for DSLR-type lenses without built-in gears and accommodate most lenses with outer diameters between 70mm and 96mm.

To drive and control the lens motors, the MR-500 features an electric control module that mounts on the rig's 15mm rods and is powered using a single LP-E6-type battery. A battery and charger are included. The module offers variable-speed operation, four follow-focus memory presets, and configuration lens rotation start/stop limits for setting virtual hard stops for lenses that continuously rotate. With switches located on the handles, you are able to seamlessly follow focus or zoom while maintaining a firm grip on both handles for stable and comfortable, shoulder-mounted shooting.

Key Features
  • 15mm rod shoulder rig for DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • Lens motor drive system for smooth focus and zoom control
  • Hand grips with integrated thumb switches provide full lens control while maintaining a firm hold on both hand grips
  • Lens Control module with LP-E6-type battery and charger
  • Variable-speed operation for precise adjustment during video recording
  • Four follow focus memory presets and configurable lens rotation (start/stop) range limits
  • Includes three lens gear rings that accommodate most lens sizes (70mm to 96mm outer diameter)
  • Height-adjustable camera platform
  • 10" arms and cushioned hand grip for comfortable shooting
  • Offset riser bracket for easier viewing of rear LCD screen on DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • Shoulder pad
  • Removable camera plate with 1/4"-20 screw
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw threads on underside of rig for tripod mounting
  • Anodized CNC aluminum construction for a durable yet lightweight design
UPC: 026127770916
In the Box
Vidpro MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig
  • 4 x 15mm Rods (12")
  • Offset Riser Bracket
  • Shoulder Pad
  • Camera Platform with Removable Plate
  • 2 x Arms
  • 2 x Hand Grips
  • 2 x Lens Motor Assemblies
  • Set of Three Lens Gear Rings
  • LP-E6-Type Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vidpro MR-500 specs

    Gear Standard MOD: 0.8
    Pitch: 32
    15mm Rod Length 4 x 12" (30.5 cm)
    Dimensions Assembled: 24 x 17 x 18" (61.0 x 43.2 x 45.7 cm)
    Weight 6.5 lb (3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.0 x 10.9 x 5.5"

    Vidpro MR-500 reviews

    MR-500 Motorized Follow Focus and Zoom Control DSLR Shoulder Rig is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Features and Value Our team has purchased two of these rigs for ENG work with our BlackMagic cinema gear. The rig is of high quality and the electronic motor drive system works very well. It may take several minutes to set up but once complete it operates flawlessly. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2015-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Auto Focus & Zoom I was very impressed with this unit. I put it together watching the video and some common sense. Plugged in the battery and wallah it worked flawlessly. Super happy Glad I took the chance to buy it. I do wish It came with a Matte box tho.
    Date published: 2016-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, but a tad under constructed. The product itself functions exactly the way it should, the only problem I have with this is that it is mis-weighted when it is fully put together. When used as a shoulder rig this is fine, but when used mounted on a tripod, which is also part of why I purchased it, the rig is not sturdy enough to support the side weight with out twisting slightly. All in a all a good product for the price, but I wish it was a bit more sturdy.
    Date published: 2016-06-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed Wanted a unit for steady hand held video and ability to also adjust zoom and focus was icing in the cake. My received unit had problems: Left Handle Focus cable connector to back Main Controller receptacle would not plug-in without forcing it, parts quality problem; the other three connections fitted perfectly. Also the adjusting knob for the assembly that holds the back Main Controller was stripped or seized such that I had to use channel grip pliers to loosen and tighten it. In addition there were no written instructions, did have an instructional DVD but would not play on regular DVD players, needed find a computer with an acceptable app. Lastly; I, after 4 hours of trying, was not able the adjust the alignment of the camera, motor gears, and lens ring gears such that they would stay aligned and in contact; one or the other (Focus or Zoom) would disengage. Possibly I just was not able to align the system, but I do not think so; I checked and double check that gears were aligned and face to face. Very disappointed, returned to B&H; wonderful CS for these situations at B&H!
    Date published: 2015-08-31
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