Since the release of RED's DSMC2 bodies one question has been on many of our minds?
What are those M3 reveivers for below the media bay?! You know the ones.
Well here's one idea that might be useful for you if you shoot a lot of drone, handheld, gimbal, steadicam, shoulder mounted, or if just need a place to mount a single rod on camera.
Introducing the PHFX TOOLS rodClaw.
I collaborated with Matthew Duclos and Duclos Lenses to bring the rodClaw to life. It serves one single function that hopefully will provide some flexibility and efficiency to how you might rig your camera setup. The rodClaw adds a 19mm or 15mm rod clamp to the operator side of the camera for those times where you might just want one rod to stay as compact and lightweight as possible.
You can use this for all sorts of things like:
- mounting electronic lens motors
- mounting single rod follow focus solutions
- mounting the LCD offset to the side of the camera (useful for up high or shoulder setups)
- mounting an EVF further down or away from the side of camera
- mounting a microphone in front of the camera (further from the fans)
My personal intent was to keep a fully rigged setup in a real compact form factor so I could go from handheld to tripod or even gimbal setups with no re-rigging because the rodClaw is always on the camera. It's a quick way to add a single 19mm or 15mm rod without the use of a base plate with clamps on it and the kip handle can be positioned to keep things tidy. One nice thing about the rodClaw not protruding from the front of the camera is it allows for very small lenses with gears to interact with a follow focus or motor. I can rattle off all sorts of ideas of what you can do with a rodClaw, but I'm sure you'll find lots of creative ways to your accessories.
Each rodClaw includes:
- 1X rodClaw
- 1X 19mm to 15mm adapter bushing
- 4X M3 bolts (we're including two extras just in case of chaos)
- 1X T10 Torx driver
The rodClaw is available to purchase from Duclos Lenses and soon will be available in other familiar places.
Q. Is the bolt size compatible with RED's Sidewinder?
A. Yep, T10 Torx.
Q. How much weight can you hold on the rodClaw?
A. The M3 bolts and receivers on the camera can hold standard accessories, but I wouldn't recommend putting more than 15lbs on there. You should not be carrying the camera via some sort of handle from it if you're rig is over 15lbs. The better place to mount a handle is off the top or out from the side of the top of the brain with the 1/4"-20 connectors.