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Redrock Micro launches cinema accessories for Nikon DSLRs

Redrock brings us a line of products that will turn a video enabled DSLR (Nikon D90) into production-ready cinema solutions:

Video Digital SLRs (35mm digital still cameras) now produce amazing high quality HD video and deliver the advantages of 35mm lenses, but remain awkward for use in video and movie production. To meet the needs of filmmakers who are taking advantage of this cutting edge approach, Redrock accessories bring the needed cinema form factor, support, and features to video DSLRs.


Redrock accessories for video DSLRs transform video DSLRs into production-ready cinema solutions by providing:

  • Rock-solid 15mm support system
  • Follow focus for accurate and repeatable focusing
  • Swing-away mattebox for light management and easy access to changing lenses
  • Shoulder mount and handgrips for steady handheld use
  • Support cage for enhanced stability and low angle shot

Redrock video DSLR Bundle Benefits:

  • Convenient form factor and weight of video/film production system
  • Modular design: add only the pieces you want, and build as your needs grow
  • Compatible
  • Industry standard 15mm lightweight rods for stability and compatibility with other products

Redrock video DSLR Bundle Product Configurations

Standard Bundle

  • machined aluminum baseplate, 15mm lightweight rod configuration
  • quick release camera system and dovetail
  • 2x 12" 15mm stainless steel rods
  • shim kit (for vertical height adjustment of rods)

DSLR cage & top handle

  • 2x 12" stainless steel 15mm rods
  • 2x 9" stainless steel 15mm rods
  • microHandle with adjustable angel rotation attachment

Related accessories

  • microFollowFocus
  • microMatteBox
  • microShoulderMount

Availability: video DSLR bundles will be available in our online catalog starting October 28th, 2008.

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  • Pablov

    Very nice…

    The train is coming…

  • Dude

    Looks like for the near-term the main limitation in DSLR video is going to be high quality sound recording/syncing.

    • Anonymous

      Even with prosumer cameras, sound recording quality isn’t exceptionally high. It is a cheaper, better and more convenient solution to use a camera like this and have an external sound recording system.

  • JK

    If you want a video camera, buy a freakin’ video camera! I wouldn’t buy a camera phone to take wedding portraits…although some people might.

    • Ernst

      DSLRs have a lens system (and imager size) comparable to the finest motion picture cameras, plus exposure and focus control that surpasses anything on offer in the video world. Once DSLRs are able to record quality video (i.e. uncompressed 1080p or beyond) to a high-speed, tethered storage device (doable on the cheap for a while now), the quality will be so spectacular you could shoot a feature film with one.

      A modern DSLR has to have 80% of the systems needed for a video camera *anyway*, so it makes sense for manufacturers to consider adding video support.

      Imagine if the D4 could shoot video that looked better than the results from a Panaflex cine camera, and as a complete freebie extra feature. Who then would still *want* a consumer or prosumer video camera, with their toy lenses and awful user interfaces?

      If it doesn’t get in the way, video from a DSLR is a compelling (and probably inevitable) feature.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, we’re quite a long way from getting mind-blowing quality out of DSLRs. Firstly, you have the problem of skew (which, supposedly, the 5D Mark II almost gets rid of); secondly full manual control, including both variable frame rates and shutter speeds, e.g. 1/48th second, otherwise it looks to smooth; and thirdly, the video out of these cameras is quite soft, doesn’t look like true 720p/1080p. No matter what, the quality out of something like the RedOne will be better, and so this will be a good solution more for the prosumer market; therefore, decent autofocus is needed, as well as good video compression in case uncompressed is not feasible.

        One of the largest problems is ergonomics; you really can’t film with a camera that shape, unless you get the RedRock Micro setup, which is large and a hassle to have to take about. The viewfinder is also unusable – which is a very large problem, as to get anything decent you need an external monitor/evf.

  • Mike

    How much is this setup without the camera?

  • http://www.dailystaley.com/ Staley

    This is sweet. I’ve been starting to shoot video with my 90 and its a lot of fun. But this kind of setup would be AWESOME. Not trying to spam or anything but here’s a link..

    http://www.dailystaley.com/2008/10/17/in-the-bunker/

  • Bryan

    Wonder if Nikon will ever release a Camcorder with interchangeable F-mount lenses. Now THAT I would buy. Of course, even better if it could record to MiniDV’s instead of Flash Cards.

    For what it will probably cost for this contraption plus camera, you could buy a couple of Canon’s HV20′s or HV30′s, which have great image quality AND take MiniDV’s.

  • joe

    very cool.

    video is a great bonus for still photographers. And being able to shoot with nikkor lenses should yield some outstanding results.

    I hope nikon and canon continue to add this feature to the higher end of their DSLRs.

  • http://visualtech-studio.blogspot.com/ Pablov

    These kind of features (Movie/Video) are going to be seen more often and better on DSLRs.

    It’s a matter of time to get better quality and full control of the recording settings.

    RedOne can make better results, that’s obvious at this time, but for lot of photographers/movie makers (I’m not talking about Hollywood’s or some other big movie makers) the potential of recording Good HD Video with DSLR is Huge, and promising.

    Many advantages (including price against a RedOne’s, interchangeable and Pro lenses against Camcorders’, low light recording, shallow depth of fields, etc) are already known and can not be compared to a traditional prosumer video camera or camcorder at all…

    There are at least some sample movies from a DSLR well worth watching in the net, that show the potential (when used professionally). One, for instance, is:
    http://vincentlaforet.smugmug.com/gallery/6042742_wZKiA#377930419_dgxvY

    There are aspects to be improved, better implemented, etc., but the manufacturers must be working on (if not, then they will loose sales in near future…)

  • http://visualtech-studio.blogspot.com/ Pablov

    These kind of features (Movie/Video) are going to be seen more often and better on DSLRs.

    It’s a matter of time to get better quality and full control of the recording settings.

    RedOne can make better results, that’s obvious at this time, but for lot of photographers/movie makers (I’m not talking about Hollywood’s or some other big movie makers) the potential of recording Good HD Video with DSLR is Huge, and promising.

    Many advantages (including price against a RedOne’s, interchangeable and Pro lenses against Camcorders’, low light recording, shallow depth of fields, etc) are already known and can not be compared to a traditional prosumer video camera or camcorder at all…

    There are at least some sample movies from a DSLR well worth watching in the net, that show the potential (when used professionally). One, for instance, is: http://vincentlaforet.smugmug.com/gallery/6042742_wZKiA#377930419_dgxvY

    There are aspects to be improved, better implemented, etc., but the manufacturers must be working on (if not, then they will loose sales in near future…)

  • Pablov

    These kind of features (Movie/Video) are going to be seen more often and better on DSLRs.

    It’s a matter of time to get better quality and full control of the recording settings.

    RedOne can make better results, that’s obvious at this time, but for lot of photographers/movie makers (I’m not talking about Hollywood’s or some other big movie makers) the potential of recording Good HD Video with DSLR is Huge, and promising.

    Many advantages (including price against a RedOne’s, interchangeable and Pro lenses against Camcorders’, low light recording, shallow depth of fields, etc) are already known and can not be compared to a traditional prosumer video camera or camcorder at all…

    There are at least some sample movies from a DSLR well worth watching in the net, that show the potential (when used professionally). One, for instance, is:
    http://vincentlaforet.smugmug.com/gallery/6042742_wZKiA#377930419_dgxvY

    There are aspects to be improved, better implemented, etc., but the manufacturers must be working on (if not, then they will loose sales in near future…)

    Admin: sorry if the post is repeated, I got some not posting/or errors, please delete it if duplicated

  • Pablov

    ADMIN: SORRY, the blog soft didn’t show the post after “posting” it, it had a kind of delay, don’t know why.

    PLEASE delete the duplicated ones.

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