Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ditch your SONY FS7 grip and never look back.

Found this on the SONY site while I was exploring the durability issue that the FS7 grip is having in the field. JPNola is using the two 2 Sphere Grip, our Triggered Grips also have the ability to on/off the SONY FS7. 

"Solution"- Ditch the entire extension arm / control grip thing altogether and never look back.
I realize that isn't the solution you were looking for and it doesn't address the shoddy build of the control grip. But it is a solution that could save you a lot of headache, bring many advantages, and even improve your shooting.
About the only thing that the control grip provides that cannot be accomplished without the grip is simultaneous focus and iris riding. I found that it was rare that I needed to do both at once since the iris change is stepped and undesirable for in-shot exposure adjustment. Besides, being that the arm / grip is such a pain in the rear and creates so many problems, giving up simultaneous focus / exposure change was a trade-off I was willing to make.

The happy bonuses off ditching the arm are :
* camera placement is no longer limited by the arm. I can perform shots where the camera lens just barely clears an object. I can perform shots where the camera body is on the ground or on the hood of a car. No arm sticking out from the bottom of the camera to impede those camera placements.
* I can place the upright on a flat surface when not in use. No need for a second arm. No more having to lay the camera on its side.
* no more problems when mounting to a tripod. No having to temporarily reposition or remove the arm.
* no more concern over tearing up the cable for the control grip. Less cabling on the camera overall and that makes for less of a "franken-camera" / "C300" look. The camera is more "clean" without the arm and cabling to the grip.
* going without the arm shed weight. Weight that wasn't helping to stabilize camera shots. Weight that wasn't positioned aft of my shoulder- the only place where the Fs7 needs for additional weight.
* no more having to reposition or remove the arm in order to put the camera in its camera bag.
* no more one hand up, other hand down shooting position. Both hands are now at the same height, just like shooting with a traditional broadcast tv camera or motion picture camera. Having both hands at lens height makes you feel more part of the camera, more connected to the lens and thus to the shot.
Quit the grip and you will likely feel better for it. It was a bad habit to begin with. :smileylol:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blade V2 w/ 2 free brackets


Blade V 2.0, includes ergocine Blade V2.0 with cheese plate, and a leather pad which will attach to the bottom of the unit with Velcro.   Designed to accommodate the weight of a Cine size zoom lenses or longer cameras such as the F5/F55.

There is a .20" grove cut down the center of the plate which allows you to slide the camera into a perfectly balanced position.  Attach any quick release plate or dovetail to the cheese plate which you can access from above or underneath.

Underneath in the front of the Blade there is an area to securely mount a Sachtler standard quick release plate.

We are also offering a low profile leather pad constructed with high density cushioning foam. The pad is made of layered cotton batting covered in suede leather and backed with Velcro. The pad will attach to the bottom of the unit with Velcro stapled into the shoulder cut out.

Front and back of the unit have mounting points for 15 mm rod brackets they will also have 15 mm holes sunk into the body of the blade. Once the rods are countersunk into the wooden mount a very rigid connection is made with the rods. One option is to permanently epoxy threaded female rods into the Blade V 2.0, flush to surface or protruding.  Email me for a quote - ergocine@gmail.com.

Triggered grip package in Black Walnut come with your choice of free cable.  Cables are 21" long with exception of the F55/F5 which is 30".  Right angle Hirose connectors are used unless specified.  Grips come with an all natural unbleached Duck Cloth Bag which protects and buffs your ergocine wooden grip and sphere.


Friday, January 9, 2015

a grip is born

Since the wood was from a small tree was very difficult to get a piece large enough to mill a handle  free from cracks from the drying process. But we did succeed in getting one, read the blog post for the setup and watch this really cool little time lapse video of the grip being made. 3 1/2 hours condensed down to around 45 seconds.   I  would love to do this for someone else so feel free to contact me if you have some special piece of wood that you want made into a handle.

To get the whole story see: A special job.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We are soon to be 2

All grips are made from Black Walnut.
ergocine turns 2 on the 31st - help us celebrate - buy our triggered grip package at a 15% discount.

was $895.00 now $760.00
offer good until the 31th of October

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A special job.

On April 27 Damon wrote:
Was just on your site and love your work! I am a Chicago based cameraman but grew up outside of Rochester in Wayne County. My folks are still there and have plenty of trees on their property... which got me to thinking. Could you make a grip/trigger for me if I were to supply the wood from my folks property? I know little about woodworking but I know they have cherry, maple, oak and pine trees in abundance. It's a strange request but my folks are getting up there and someday that property will likely be sold, having a piece of it in my hands while I work would be pretty cool.

Damon Hennessy

It took months, but it is finally coming together.  Damon sent me this picture and though the Cherry log is small, we think we can make it work.  This wood is green so I will need to kiln dried it before it is milled.  I got the logs this weekend and over the last couple of days I have been prepping.


Creating a Handgrip blank on the band saw.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Handheld Follow Focus in 3D / "HF1" for short

Denis - "This is probably going to be more rigid then you are going to need."

David - "When it comes to a Follow Focus there is no such thing as too rigid."

We will be working in BLACK ANODIZED 6061 aluminum
Denis left the aluminum clean so you could see the 

design more clearly.
Designed from the ground up for handheld camera work, Denis Egli has taken my prototype and made magic.  This design allows you to flip the drive shaft from back to front or one side of the lens to the other by rotating or moving the Arri style rosette plate from one side to the other and them locking it in with four 3mm cap screws.  With this adjustability you could use two, one for focus and one for zoom.  The open side is then capped it off with a black walnut plate to protect the brass beveled gears this will be attached with four brass button cap machine screws.  

The drive shafts are made from 1/4' D-rod which come in every imaginable length (at very reasonable prices) so you can extend the pitched gear for the focus ring to exactly where it needs to go.   This is one of the major unique features which allows the operator to place the HF1 just where you want it. The shafts themselves are are threaded through 3 flanged ball bearings at the gear box and 2 on the drive arm, for smooth and ridged operation. Attached directly to the 15/15 bracket you will have just the perfect angle allowing your hand and wrist to position themselves for perfect load bearing ergonomic operation.  We will also make a single rod mount with a Arri style rosette so you can place the ergocine HF1 independently form the bracket.

Rosette, bolts and lock down not shown.
There is a 4" arm with attaches to the 15mm rod coming off the gear box which can rotate 360 degrees and which should accommodate most any lens.  Also if in the future you should need a longer or shorter arm it can be swapped out with little effort.  The steel or Kevlar reinforced GT2 belt is driven by two GT2 Pinion Pulleys which come in many diameters allowing you to customize the drive ratio.  We are striving for perfect customization which grows out of ergocine's design philosophy which is to build from the human up and not the machine down.

Once we have knocked out some beta's we will send it around for evaluation, one of the main things we need to see is if the Sphere needs more resistance. We are kicking around ideas for a way to create some adjustable resistance.  In addition we will have a option for a dry erase disk to attach to the sphere and reference point mounted on the gear box.

The next step will be a Kickstarter campaign to presell 50 to 100 units at a discount, Denis is bring the design over to Chuck (the shop manager) to get some pricing but we are doing everything in our power to keep this affordable.

It is now more important then ever for us to get our Facebook likes up so please help us with this exciting new project by liking us at ERGOCINE.

Thank you.