Saturday, February 23, 2013

This is just a test to balance the Lion

"Quick question. I was wondering if you had any solutions for using the lion on a quick release eng style tripod plate. Currently I am using with a sachtler 20 and trying to figure out how to balance with out spending thousands on a dove tail arri plate setup."

James Peterson
Director of Photography

 This is a test to try and balance the Lion on a tripod, I used the Redrock Micro microSupport Cheeseplate, which is to short but could be made to work if the 3/8' hole for the Manfrotto Quick Release was countersunk.  On the plate is a Manfrotto 357 Pro Quick Release Adapter with 357PL Plate.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Size test with fs100

When I was down at Abel doing a fitting with the BMC, I got some time to try out the fs100 on the Lion -R.   The Zacuto Studio base plate for the C300 makes for a tight fit, it measures in at 3/4" where many quick release plate are 1/4 ".

Also I am going to offer a modification using spacers to raise the hight of the handle.


It really felt good on my shoulder, well balanced.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lion - R meets BMC

AbelCine was generous enough to allow me to build the Lion -R with a demo Black Magic Cinema Camera.  They did not have the Alphatron EVF in.  I think it was out getting a firmware update (but don't quote me) so I used the Zacuto instead.  With no HDSDI in the evf is not actually functioning but hopefully the idea gets across.  The rear rods are holding the View Factor AB plate adaptor for power, this Lion is ready for power but no plugs have been installed, it is something done according to the owners preference.

 So here is the trick, the camera is so wide that it occupies the space where the EVF should be, my proposed solution is to off set it to the right by roughly 30 mm.  I used this inexpensive  piece which adjust on 2 -axis.  But to be really solid you would need two one in front of the plate and one inback.  I will have Dennis at Egli make a solid off set for the Lion - R and the BMC.


It could work with something like this:

The Lion - R was held by Isaac Kiener at AbelCine, thank you.