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During the cinema5D Virtual Show, we talked with Steve Weiss – co-founder of Zacuto – about their latest Zacuto ACT Recoil Rig. This new rigging solution for DSLR/Mirrorless camera is lightweight, robust, and Arca-Swiss compatible. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Zacuto ACT Recoil Rig – Image Credit: Zacuto
Zacuto is an American company that has been making camera accessories since the Canon 5D Mark II era, more than a decade ago. For years, the Zacuto VCT -style Recoil rig has been a great piece of kit to put any large cinema camera on your shoulder. Otherwise, the VCT Recoil Rig was a bit large for smaller DSLR/Mirrorless cameras. To offer a more compact, lightweight, and cheaper alternative, Zacuto introduced the Zacuto ACT Recoil Rig in March 2020.
ACT Recoil rigs for DSLR and DSLM. Source: Zacuto
The Zacuto ACT Recoil Rig consist of six main components:
If you don’t want or need a cage around your camera, a cageless option is also available, which includes the Zacuto Axis Curve. This little curved piece of metal attaches to a 15mm rod and allows you to mount your EVF onto your rig.
Image credit: Zacuto
The Zacuto ACT Recoil is a versatile system that you can buy as an entire rig, starting at $850.00/€860.00 for the Zacuto ACT Basic Recoil Rig. Also, there are camera-specific bundles that retail for $1450.00/€1475.00. Lastly, if you don’t need all the components, you can buy each part individually.
What do you think about the Zacuto ACT Recoil Rig system? Do you already have their original VCT-style Recoil Rig? What shoulder rig do you use? Let us know in the comments below!
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