The new mini rigs are designed to have a small size and offer a lightweight and affordable alternative to bigger, more clumsy DSLR rigs. Since mirrorless cameras have become popular last year we’ve seen more and more rigging solutions that adapt to the new shooting style (The Edelkrone Pocket Rig or Varavon Cage come to mind). Many cage designs now come in the form of simplistic small rigs as well (Hint: Next week we’ll look at the best new a7S II & a7R II cages).
When I use a mirrorless camera I rarely build a big rig around it. The in-camera or in-lens image stabilizers and lightweight design makes it easy to run compact for suited productions. So the new basic idea of the Redrock mini rigs make a lot of sense for me and probably many shooters looking for an affordable solution to stabilize their cameras quickly.
Right now they offer three configurations for the most common shooting styles with several support options. The Mini Handheld Rig as seen above gives you a run-and-gun kind of configuration. The Mini Shoulder Rig (image below) is the more traditional setup.
The Mini Studio Rig is the traditional tripod mounted version of mini rigs and comes with a mattebox. Both the mattebox and the shoulderpad look a lot like the traditional versions of their gear which they offered 8 years ago and to my eyes are a bit oversized for the mirrorless application.