Chrosziel has released a device that brings servo capabilities to the Fujinon MK and Zeiss LWZ 3.0 lenses. We went hands on with the Chrosziel Compact Zoom Control Kit at NAB 2018 and we found that it turns great cine zooms into run and gun ENG shooting machines. Details below:
It’s a common scenario. You buy a great cine zoom and find it excellent in narrative and other controlled environments, but when it comes to the unpredictable world of documentary shoots things start to go downhill. Having to reach for the cine lens zoom ring while taking your hand out of position on the shoulder rig is a recipe for disaster when it comes to following quick unpredictable action. Oh, and forget about zooming and focusing at the same time with a shouldered camera that doesn’t have a servo. Chrosziel has developed a solution.
The Chrosziel Compact Zoom Control Kit, powered by D-Tap and controlled through LANC connections, converts your Fujinon MK (18-55 and 50-135mm) or Zeiss LWZ 3.0 lens into something more akin to the pricier 19-90 Fujinon Cabrio or 17-120 Canon, at least in terms of operation. Calibration of the beginning and end points on the zoom ring are automatic once you’ve attached the device to the lens with four included screws. Installation is fast and it takes under a minute to affix the unit to the LWZ 3.0.
Especially designed with the FS5 and FS7 in mind, the Zoom control kit has a very low profile and doesn’t extend out from the → continue…
From:: Cinema 5d