By Yossy Mendelovich
Panasonic has redesigned the rotation mechanism in the removable grip of the new AU-EVA1 compact cinema camera, making it more robust and stress resistant. The company will replace the EVA1 grips of the previous design with new units.
The Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact Super 35mm Cinema Camera has been gaining some positive feedback from filmmakers, offering impressive and professional looking images within a competitive price point, however it turns out that the EVA1 grip often collapsed when adding extra weight to the camera, which has caused some pain, especially for clients who wished to install more accessories on the camera.
The issue occurs when adding more extras to the camera and thereby making it heavier, which often caused the grip to “unlock” and flip around by itself, which could cause damages to lenses or the camera.
Panasonic now reacted with a solution to some disappointed customers who suffered from that issue, as stated in the press release: “Thank you very much for your purchase of Compact Cinema Camera AU-EVA1. Addressing customer concerns, Panasonic has redesigned the rotation mechanism in the removable grip of the new AU-EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera. Some clients wish to add numerous accessories to the camera, stressing the rotation latch on the grip and causing it to spin on its own. Panasonic will replace all grips of the previous design with new units.”
Grip Strength Improvements
According to the press release, the main improvement of the grip is the elevation of the torque-stress limitation from its original design to 4kg/9lbs of accessories and a lens mounted to the AU-EVA1.
Replacement of AU-EVA1 Grip
The replacement of the grip was scheduled to start from the 2nd week of December, so it seems to be ongoing already.
Here you can find a list of serial numbers of AU-EVA1 cameras that require replacing their
From:: Cinema 5d