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Zacuto Target Shooter

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Zacuto Target Shooter
Key Features
  • For DSLRs
  • Infinitely Adjustable
  • Lightweight
  • Lifetime Warranty
The Target Shooter is Zacuto's lightest DSLR camera support rig. Offering infinite adjustability and three points of contact for enhanced stability, the Target Shooter is the perfect solution for no-fuss run-and-gun DSLR video production. The included Gorilla plate attaches to the bottom of your camera via standard 1/4"-20 mount, and is joined to the rest of the Shooter via a 15mm rod (also included). With the gunstock pressed against your body, you can adjust height and angle for the most comfortable fit, bringing the ergonomics and stability of a camcorder to your DSLR.
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Zacuto Z-DTS Overview

The Target Shooter is Zacuto's lightest DSLR camera support rig. Offering infinite adjustability and three points of contact for enhanced stability, the Target Shooter is the perfect solution for no-fuss run-and-gun DSLR video production. The included Gorilla plate attaches to the bottom of your camera via standard 1/4"-20 mount, and is joined to the rest of the Shooter via a 15mm rod (also included). With the gunstock pressed against your body, you can adjust height and angle for the most comfortable fit, bringing the ergonomics and stability of a camcorder to your DSLR.

Note:
The Target Shooter cannot accommodate a follow focus or matte box, as it does not have a baseplate. If adding more weight to the front of the camera, we recommend one of the Cinema DSLR Kits with a shoulder pad and counterbalance weight.

Zacuto Z-DTS Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.173 x 6.299 x 4.724"

Zacuto Z-DTS Reviews

Great for dslr video

By BCI
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-10-15

Great gorilla rig for my 5d iii, give excellent stabilization in a tiny form factor. Made well, pricy but worth it.

Initially apprehensive

By k9sound
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-12-05

Given the high price and simple engineering, I was hesitant in procuring this product and anything else by Zacuto. But I had to do something about shooting run-n-gun video that wasn't cumbersome and inhibiting, such as a tripod or monopod.After intense research of competing products, *is the only unit that is capable of specific needs: unencumbered stability, tripod-adaptive, inconspicuous, etc. RedRock and the knockoffs can't do it. There's always a snafu, e.g., RedRock's handheld non-rails is not tripod-adaptive.Thus, I paid dearly for Target Shooter and instantly discovered that for once, the hype was accurate. It is relatively stable and flexible that no other product can emulate.The simple engineering is first-class, apparently paying a high-price for U.S.A. innovation, labor, and evidently a patent. It is immensely stable for run-n-gun, an enhancement to production OIS and post-production IS. In fact, the latter isn't required and most NLE stabilizers create artifacts.Talking heads, events, ENG, shooting while walking, it all works. Usually I adjust the gunstock according to scene, position, POV, and lens. I don't find a generic 'sweet spot,' it all depends on the shot and Target Shooter is easy to adjust on-the-fly.I devised a tripod-adaptive technique that does not require removing the rod assembly; deployment is quicker than the 'prescribed' method.After three months using Target Shooter regularly, I can attest to its functionality that improves video quality by significantly minimizing shake and movement. Especially if you're pro where shaky clips will be declined, Target Shooter is a solution for rudimentary yet effective stability without going to rails.

A nice addition for a solo doco shoot

By Mighty Films
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-27

For me, shoulder rigs work against a key advantage of DSLR video - low profile. I added the target shooter to my 5D3/Z-finder combo as a low-profile handheld rig on a doco shoot in Africa and it worked out great. Get's a bit heavy when trying to hold a shot for 10 minutes plus but really helps stabilise footage overall. Great build quality/strong materials - but it would want to be for the price. Wish it was available to buy without the gorilla plate (as I already had the one I got with the Z-finder).A good buy if you like keeping it simple.

Essential Piece of Gear

By Damone Brown Images
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-08-09

I am completely satisified. As an event shooter and wedding filmmaker. The Target Shooter has proven more than usual - but rather essential for my arsenal of camera gear.I also love it for use in getting quick steady shots around the house to film our little one's most precious moments. So much easier than hunting down my monopod or even worse a tripod.But as always with Zacuto gear - pricey!!

Good but overpriced

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-05-05

I was seeking an easily portable rig to stabilize my DSLR videos and purchased this product largely on Philip Bloom's support. Overall, I'm satisfied. It's a reasonable compromise with its compact size and the stability it provides. The build quality is very good and the design is equally simple. I certainly appreciate that it was built in the U.S. but feel it's overpriced. Consequently, I'd recommend it only for those looking for a compact and low profile rig. If you don't mind the size and don't plan on moving around a lot while shooting, you'd probably be better off with the Manfrotto monopod for much less.

For Video and Photographs

By Harold G. F.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-04-23

I use the Target shooter along with other Zacuto products on my Nikon D7000. I shoot video and do Photo Shoots. This will really steady you hand and camera. Solidly rugged yet light. I love it.

Expensive but Worthy

By Doc Shooter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-04-02

Yes, the price is something I had to get over before I bought this little piece of equipment. That being said, it's the cheapest option that Zacuto offers. It is quite adjustable and clearly well made. Worth the money in my opinion. The materials are durable and it works hand in hand with the Z-Finder, although I find it a little hard to get in a comfortable shooting position when looking through the Z-Finder with this mounted on my shoulder since my neck has to crane a bit to keep my eye at the viewfinder. That's a trade-off with this shooter. The best things about rig are that it definitely helps enhance the stability of your moving image and it is super portable. I'd say for those two things alone, it's worth the money - but when you factor in that this will last forever and you don't have to worry about it collapsing and thereby ruining your equipment, the price seems more than justified. The gun stock shoulder rest could incorporate some stickier material so that it doesn't slip off the shoulder as easily but overall that's not much of a concern for me yet. It could become an issue after shooting a long day but I think that it's good enough as is.

great for run and gun video...

By Barrett the photographer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-02-28

I purchased the target shooter to use with my 5DMKII for video. I frequently do on site video as an addendum to my professional photo work. I have been very happy with it. It is extremely solid and well made. the increase in stability over being only hand held is tremendous. I really like the size and weight for my rig. For the price it would have been nice to have a carry case. I haven't figured out where to stash it in my bags. And it is not the most packable accessory.

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