This is a field test of the Zacuto Rapid Fire rig. I actually have the components to build a Zacuto Tactical rig, but I found the RF configuration to be the most practical.
All shots in the video are hand held using the RF. I don't have the Z-Finder yet (should come next week) which should add a significant amount of stability (not the mention the ability to actually focus a fast lens properly). In this case I added some stabilization in post.
As I was shooting handheld I tried to do it a bit retro Super 8 handheld style - lots of closeups etc.
All was filmed with a Sigma 30mm / f1.4 which is a nice lens.
Sigma 30mm / f1.4
Zacuto Rapid Fire
2x ND filter (4x and 8x)
Graded with MB Colorista, MBL and stabilized with MB Steady.
So, what's the conclusion on the Zacuto rig? Well, it does add quite a bit of stabilization. It's bloody expensive for what it is but incredibly well made. You get what you pay for.
I'm still waiting for the Z-Finder which should improve things significantly. Right now at f1.4 it's damnably difficult to get the focus right when looking at the LCD monitor. For some reason Canon has disabled focus assist during recording - which sucks big time when using a fast lens. I messed up a number of shots by being out of focus.
Music: Un Jour Comme Un Autre, Serge Gainsbourg/ Brigitte Bardot