Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thanks Seth

This is Seth Hagenstein with the Ergocine Lion prototype in the field.  As you can see it is really carrying a heavy load, his main criticism was that it lacked padding for this shoulder.  In the day with my Aaton I would be forced to stick foam under my shirt to deal with the discomfort, so the production model (shipping at the end of June) will come with a choice of 1/8" solid leather padding or 1/2" leather and cotton batten padding.  He also suggested that I round the edges in that area which I will do.

He also asked for a rear mounting plate which I will offer as a attachment.  

As for access to the battery compartment of the rig, this is a little tricky, I am going to shave down the space behind the plate so that it is flush. That should help say if you want to use a over size battery, aside from that the design idea is that you would slide the plate froward on the rods to access the battery.  

When it come to quickly removing the Lion for tripod work (with the Zacuto studio plate), the body will have female screw in rods receivers, so you can place it on the tripod twist the rods and take the body off.  The Lion works best with the Arri plate that has front and back locks, where you can just loosen the back lock downs and out it comes. 

I just want to say that really appreciate his suggestions, this sort of constructive, insightful feedback form operators is the most critical element in developing this product.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

First Lion Delivered

I just dropped off a finished prototype to Jon Yi he is going to do some world traveling with the rig.  We now have the the C300 monitor, controls and XLR I/O fully integrated and it is solid.  There is also a removable counter weight imbedded under the cheese plate if you end up using heavy glass.  In this configuration Jon is going to remove the counter weight.  The production model will also be cut to allow the camera to be position back another 2 inches, the further back the better.
For audio, video and power cables the Lion has pass throughs on the horizontal axis and I am going to add one on the vertical axis.  
The rig has many mounting points and more can be added after the fact anywhere on the body in any hole size. 
I am also going to be producing the Lion and Grip in Black Walnut which finishes to a near black, with a black anodized cheese plate and black rods.
The production model will be ready to go by the last week of June, I am working on getting a e-marketing site up ASAP.

some pictures:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

If you absolutely positively must use your C300 handle.

If you absolutely positively must use your C300 handle.  I ran this by one of my trusted advisors, he said it works but it is not as solid as he would like it and he prefers the comfort of the Ergocine - BCG.

Plus two 90 degree brackets to mount it to your 15mm rods.