Tilta Nucleus-M – A Complete Wireless Lens Control System for Only $1200?

April 27th, 2017

We have been surprised by the low price of Tilta’s intelligent camera accessories several times over the past years, but their newly announced Wireless Lens Control System steals the show. They offer a complete system with two wireless handles, two motors and a hand-unit for only $1200.

Tilta Nucleus-M

We came to know the quality of Tilta’s a7s II cage when we did our a7S II cage review. After that we saw their electronic cinema camera cages and lightweight gimbal last year. At NAB 2017 this year Tilta introduced the Tilta Nucleus-M, a new lens control system with a ridiculously low price. If the system is up to the kind of quality people expect from a professional lens control system is yet to be determined. What we know is that it had pretty solid performance at the show and some very interesting specs.

The hand-unit can connect to up to 3 motors, to control iris, focus and zoom of a lens. The device connects directly to motors and has a range of up to 2km, so it could be used on a drone. The handles are also wirelessly connected to the two motors that come in the kit and there’s an optional clamp to use them on gimbals.

For gimbal use this is certainly the kind of solution many people have been waiting for. The cable-less design lets you operate your lens focus without interfering with the gimbal. This is crucial, as a cable would affect the gimbal’s balance. Many other wireless lens control systems are very pricey and usually can’t be afforded by many of our readers, certainly the ones that offer the kind of quality you need for accurate operation. The aggressive pricing of the Tilta Nucleus-M might change that.

[UPDATE] The hand units are equipped with either one or two double-A batteries and Tilta tells us they last 4 days, not 4 hours as mentioned during the interview.

Even when not using a gimbal, a wireless thumb controller like the ones the Tilta Nucleus-M offers, can be a clever solution for focus and zoom on a documentary style handheld rig.

We’re looking forward to reviewing the Nucleus-M soon. Tilta is planning to launch it in July 2017.

Let us know what you think. Could a lens control system like this one make a difference for your productions?

 

 

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Noel Evans
Noel Evans
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And looks a little like a weapon from ghostbusters!

Jaiden Huang
Jaiden Huang
GuestApril 27th, 2017

Crazy price

Ian Dillon
Ian Dillon
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Nah. It’s a about time production gear manufacturers lower their prices. Just like Blackmagic killed all its competition by setting a new standard for post gear pricing, hopefully Tilta will put some of these other companies on notice.

Jaiden Huang
Jaiden Huang
GuestApril 28th, 2017

should sell my DJI focus :-p

Idir Noa Mancer
Idir Noa Mancer
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Ahaha I was looking that ?

Adam Park
Adam Park
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Looks like parts of Terminator

Jonathan Seaborn
Jonathan Seaborn
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Jean-laurence Seaborn 1200$ us
Iris,focus 2 handle remote!

Geordie Lillis
Geordie Lillis
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Ioooohhhh

Patrice Gallion
Patrice Gallion
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Wow, amazing price!

Sid Singh
Sid Singh
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Saw this, def gunna rent at some point and try it out

Travis Hucek Anastassiou
Travis Hucek Anastassiou
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Looks like futuristic flint-lock pistols!

Cory Wires
Cory Wires
GuestApril 28th, 2017

I am so glad I didn’t buy anything!!

Aakash Prashanth
Aakash Prashanth
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Oooooohh

Joseph Macedo
Joseph Macedo
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Looks futuristic

Tom Reinbolden
Tom Reinbolden
GuestApril 28th, 2017

again, I am speechless, such a high price, wow

Kris Tait
Kris Tait
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Such a high price? Are you kidding??

Robin Bertrand
Robin Bertrand
GuestApril 28th, 2017

It’s work on the DJI Ronin ?

Mason Bennett
Mason Bennett
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Split it 3 ways ;)

Riley Heslop
Riley Heslop
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Still that’s USD ?

Gjorgji Kocovski
Gjorgji Kocovski
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Looks like Star Ship Enterprise communication device

 theo antoniou
theo antoniou
MemberApril 28th, 2017

If it works as advertised, other manufacturers are going to sit with a lot of stock on their shelves. Looking forward to a full test review.

Nils Holgersson
Nils Holgersson
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Claudius Dobs hätten wir Ma gebraucht ? schön noch mehr Teile zum Schrauben und Akkus zum Laden aber ?

Claudius Dobs
Claudius Dobs
GuestApril 29th, 2017

Und noch mehr zum ein/aus-packen :)

Lee Ruthenberg
Lee Ruthenberg
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Stop posting cinema5d on my facebook.

Chase Carlsen Bauer
Chase Carlsen Bauer
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Holy shit, what a world. Seriously. I can’t believe how accessible this stuff is becoming ?

Yannis Christoforou
Yannis Christoforou
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Yes, its a killer price. Hopefully cinema5D gets a demo unit for evaluation. Could you please invite a profesional focus puller that has experience with units like Arri, Bartech etc and give us his opinion, Thanx!

AJ Aguirre
AJ Aguirre
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Ben Hamner Taylor Smith This is insanely awesome for that price

AJ Aguirre
AJ Aguirre
GuestApril 28th, 2017

We can all go home now right? I mean, tilta just killed it

Mikel Taylor
Mikel Taylor
GuestApril 28th, 2017

Yeah haven’t read all the specs

Leonard Defner
Leonard Defner
GuestApril 28th, 2017

release date july 2017 ? more like july 2019. still waiting for the nucleus 3 which should have been released in 2015

 Luc Buelens
Luc Buelens
MemberApril 30th, 2017

I could see a red record button both on the handle and the base, would this be possible to use as some lanc start and stop recording on cameras ? That would be great bonus…

Bob Gilles
Bob Gilles
GuestMay 1st, 2017

OMG!

A.I. Wintermute
MemberMay 6th, 2017

Very nice. But before I throw down $1200 on a pre-order, I would like to know how loud the motors are. We have seen cheap motorized follow focus systems before and they sound like an impact drill. This is only useful to a filmmaker if the they are quiet enough to use with dialog.

 Luc Buelens
Luc Buelens
MemberMay 6th, 2017

That’s indeed a good remark… i didn’t even think of !
Let’s wait and hear…

 Andy Burchett
Andy Burchett
MemberJune 9th, 2017

Is there any mention of being able to do a manual calibration for photo lenses or is it only auto calibration for cinema lenses?

BOUNCE
MemberJuly 8th, 2017

If this is wireless, why does it need the lemo connectors on the motor units? I ask as this will prevent use on many smaller gimbals.

Jonathon Sendall
Member4 days ago

Hey Bounce, the motors have probably got to be daisy chained and then possibly out to a battery on board. It’s the handles and fiz controller that don’t need battery or cable attachment. I’ve ordered so will probably test and publish soon.

 Gergö Nyirö
Gergö Nyirö
MemberSeptember 5th, 2017

So its September now, when does that review come out? Did they even really lunch the product in July?

 Luc Buelens
Luc Buelens
MemberSeptember 5th, 2017

I’m curious to see a review of this product ! I’m waiting to buy untill i get some review… How does it handle ? How much time do the batteries last? How are the motors doing?? Are the motors making any noise ? There are so many things that could turn this fine product into a useless product…

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