Zacuto has released its line of accessories that complete the C100 Recoil package. A new top bracket solidifies the handle and body connection, as well as offering a base for the new Z-finder arm and Axis Mini for EVF options.
We got a preview of all of this at IBC, but it’s only until now that these products have been itemised and available for purchase.
The hinge on the C100 screen is fine for normal use, but as soon as you add any strain in the form of third party loupes and shades, it flops. The Original C100 Z-Finder got around this by offering up two bungee chords that mounted to the focus marker on the side of the camera. These offer more tension and enable you to position the Z-Finder in any position without the hinge giving way. I have this setup, and whilst it works it is a little fiddly.
Zacuto acknowledged this, and decide to fix it along with tackling another problem that C100 users all face, the play you get from the handle even when fixed at its maximum tension.
The C100 Z-Finder Plus utilizes a top bracket that works as a spine to the camera. It connects to an existing thread on the handle, and provides a solid base for the Z-Finder to mount to. The C100 Bracket is the heart of this system, and is available to purchase separately as it also adds a wide selection of mounting points via 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads.
This resides over the existing shoe, retaining its mount and providing an additional 15mm rod mount.
With the Axis mini mount in place, you can then attach Zacutos slimmed down Axis Mini for EVF or small monitors. Not just for the C100, the arm is half the size of the existing Axis Arm, but providing a similar reach as it benefits from a slide function to perfect positioning of your viewing aid.
This lot coupled with the Zacuto Universal VCT Baseplate completes the Zacuto C100 Recoil package, but like everything Zacuto it’s modular, you can add a Grip Relocator to bring the original handle further down for shoulder mounting, along with a Tornado and Z-Drive grip for focus.
Zacuto are gradually bringing out Recoil options for all popular cameras, unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little longer for solutions for the C100 Mark II, the larger and useable viewfinder means this current package won’t compatible.