Tilta Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System

Tilta Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System

Tilta Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System

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Product Highlights

  • 1000' Wireless Range
  • Two Lens Drive Motors
  • Motors Feature Integrated Receivers
  • 0.8 MOD Drive Gears
  • Focus, Iris, Zoom Hand Unit
  • Motors Daisy-Chain for Power
  • Right Handgrip with Focus Control
  • Left Handgrip with Iris and Zoom Control
  • Hard-Shell Waterproof Case Included
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Tilta NUCLEUS-M overview

  • 1Description

The Tilta Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control` System features a 1000' transmission range, and comes with two lens drive motors with built-in wireless receivers, a FIZ hand controller, and two handgrips—one to control focus, and the other iris and zoom. The lens drive motors each feature a cine standard 0.8 MOD drive gear and two 7-pin connectors, which enables you to freely swap or interchange each motor. The motors power by daisy-chaining using the 7-pin cables, and each motor includes a 19mm rod clamp with 19 to 15mm reducing bushing.

The FIZ hand controller allows you to control focus, iris, and zoom, and includes a neck strap. The handgrips feature adapters that enable mounting the controllers onto ARRI-compatible rosettes or onto 25/30mm diameter rods, such as those used with gimbals. The system comes packed in a waterproof hard case that protects your gear during transport and storage.

Please note that batteries are not included and must be sourced separately.
The system features three ranges: low, medium, and high. It supports up to 15 channels to select from, and the controllers pair with each motor via the motor ID.
The FIZ hand unit can control three channels (focus, zoom, and iris), as well as override the handgrips.
The motors can calibrate on lenses with or without hard stops, such as a photo lens with follow focus gears.
The motors feature cine standard 0.8 MOD 32 pitch drive gears. Each motor includes a 19mm rod clamp and a 15 to 19mm adapter bushing, allowing you to mount the motors onto either a 15mm or 19mm rod.
The motors power from a D-Tap connector, and then pass power by daisy-chaining via the 7-pin connectors with the included cables.
The FIZ hand controller and each handgrip power via two 18650 3000mAh, 3.7V Li-ion batteries.
The batteries in the FIZ hand controller will last for more than 10 hours, and up to 48 hours in each handgrip, when idle.
In the Box
Tilta Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System
  • Wireless FIZ Hand Unit
  • 2 x Wireless Motors
  • 2 x 19mm Motor Rod Clamps
  • 2 x 19 to 15mm Bushings
  • Wireless Left Handle (Focus)
  • Wireless Right Handle (Iris, Zoom)
  • 4 x Follow Focus Disks
  • 7-Pin to D-Tap Motor Power Cable (29")
  • 7-Pin to 7-Pin Straight Motor Cable (11.7")
  • 7-Pin to 7-Pin Straight Motor Cable (7")
  • 2 x Handle to ARRI Rosette Adapter
  • 2 x Handle to Gimbal Bar Adapter (25 to 30mm Compatibility)
  • Four-Slot 18650 Battery Charger
  • AC Power Cord for Charger
  • Wireless FIZ Hand Unit Strap
  • Hard-Shell Waterproof Safety Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty on Hardware
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Electronics
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    • 1Description

    Tilta NUCLEUS-M specs

    Wireless Range 1000' / 304 m
    Material of Construction Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, ABS plastic, rubber, Brazilian Rosewood
    Batteries Required
    Hand Controller: 2 x 18650
    Handgrip: 2 x 18650 in each

    Note: Battery must have a raised anode (positive) end, not a flat end
    Power Batteries
    3.7 VDC, 3000 mAh

    Battery Charger
    100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 0.15 A
    5 VDC, 2 A
    Dimensions Motor
    4.50 x 3.25 x 1.38" / 11.43 x 8.26 x 3.49 cm

    Battery
    Diameter: 0.6875" / 1.7463 cm
    Length: 2.5625" / 6.5088 cm
    Weight Motor
    0.42 lb / 0.19 kg
    0.50 lb / 0.22 kg (with 15mm rail adapter)
    0.49 lb / 0.22 kg (with 19mm rail adapter)

    FIZ Hand Unit
    0.97 lb / 0.44 kg (with focus disk, no batteries)
    1.16 lb / 0.53 kg (with focus disk and batteries)

    Handgrips
    Right Grip: 0.58 lb / 0.26 kg (no batteries or adapters)
    Left Grip: 0.53 lb / 0.24 kg (no batteries or adapters)

    Rosette
    Rosette Male to Handle Grip Adapter: 0.16 lb / 0.07 kg
    25 mm/30 mm Gimbal to Handle Grip Adapter: 0.10 lb / 0.04 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.3 x 11.5 x 5.9"

    Tilta NUCLEUS-M reviews

    Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing out right now Really the best WFF you can get right now for the money. You can use it for yourself when cam oping or as an AC. My unit works perfectly. The newest update also allows you to power down and save your calibration. I've kept up with this system on the facebook group for a while and decided to get one despite the issues people had with interference. I haven't experience with interference so far.
    Date published: 2018-06-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wish I could give 5 stars, but I cant The FIZ (thats how they call the main control unit) works great. However, my system came defective, One handle simply does not power up. B&H is taking no responsibility for this, and they tell me to check with Ikan, and Ikan is not taking responsibility neither. Waiting for a reply from Tilta. I really like the unit, but since it came defective and no one is repsonsing for it, I need to rate it low. I hope Tilta comes thru and replaces the not working handle.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far so Good!!! I went to the tilta store in burbank california... they let me test the nucleus for an hour, walk around the store... answer every question i had about it and even some questions i didn't know to ask. Everything was great and in working order. I purchased from B&H so save money on the taxes or i would've bought directly from the store.... I'm using this with my Sony A7sii with leica r lenses and also on Alexa Amira with with leica summilux primes... works great with both camera systems... torque is great and response is quick... So far so good!
    Date published: 2018-08-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best Bang for Your Buck Wireless Follow Focus Setup I'm use to the RT Motion setup which is an amazing setup but the Nucleus is almost right there with it. Build quality is exceptional and they've really thought through the form factor and ergonomics of every piece in the kit right down to the hard shell case it fits into very snuggly into. You really don't notice any latency unless you are making an abnormally fast focus pull one way or the other. The fizz unit is solid and batteries last all day. The hand controllers also are of great quality. The motors are easy to adjust to snug into place on any lens. I would give this unit five stars if I hadn't previously been using other very professional set ups like Prestons but for the money there is nothing out there that even compares
    Date published: 2018-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Bartech... on a par with the best follow focus. It's easy ti operates on its basics, but It takes a while to master it completely. But what would you expect from an item with so many features. It is simply the best follow focus system for the price, or for anything under 5k.
    Date published: 2018-02-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from BROKE my A7iii Be VERY carful using this device. I was not. The crux of the problem lies in the fact that the run stop cable included with the tilta EST-17A cage is NOT compatilbe with the Nucleus M handle's Run/Stop �button. NOWHERE in the entire manual was this mentioned. So again, DO NOT USE THE RUN STOP CABLE FROM THE TILTA WODEN HANDLE WITH THE NUCLEUS M. IT WILL BREAK YOUR CAMERA. The camera is now refusing to stay on for more than 15 seconds at a time. When it does stay on it goes black every few seconds. You cannot even go into the menu because the camera keeps powering off.
    Date published: 2018-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST HAVE when using a Gimbal or Shoulder Rig I shoot a lot with my GH5 and whenever I shoot with my Ronin-M I would always have to shoot at a deep depth of field (f/5.6 or higher) because of focus issues, however this system changed everything. Now I can shoot at an f/2.8 and pull focus at the same time while operating. The side handles with focus & zoom knobs are awesome as it allows you to pull focus yourself while cam opping without having a 1st AC. It also helps when you're using a shoulder rig and need to pull focus. Prior to buying this I've been using a manual Follow focus system but the problem lies when you have to take one hand off the handle grips to use the follow focus.... and due to the weight being shifted all to the other hand it throws the camera off balance and your footage might be a bit shaky. However with these 2 handles grips that are included it really helps you keep your footage nice and still and you never have to take your hands off the handle bars. I also like the fact that the focus wheels on the handle bars give you the option of short & long throws; this comes in handy especially for the zoom function.
    Date published: 2018-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tilta Nailed It! I'm really impressed with the level of build quality and function regardless of price and with all of the other professional grade FIZ (focus, iris, zoom) units available on the market costing many times more than the Nucleus M, you just can't go wrong. It also offers a few unique features such as full control of focus, iris, & zoom through the hand grips that open up new ways of operating especially with a gimbal. It's also worth mentioning that there is a long list of accessories for the Nucleus M available from Tilta that really make the system work seamlessly. It's a professional piece of equipment with a long list of features and because of this it takes a bit of set up to get everything working correctly. When I set it up for the first time I thought I had and issue but it turned out it was just a channel setting that was conflicting. The guys over at Tilta have been extremely helpful making sure I got it working to it's full potential and their customer service has been outstanding. Be sure to check out their videos on set up on the Tilta website.
    Date published: 2018-02-28
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