The Recoil Handgrip Kit is comprised of a Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel handgrip, a Z-Drive follow focus and the Zacuto Tornado grip. This kit is perfect for turning your rig into a Recoil rig. A Recoil rig positions the camera directly on top of the operators shoulder (usually with a QR Shoulder Pad) creating a shorter, more balanced traditional style rig. The Recoil Handgrip Kit pushes focusing forward and down for easy accessibility while also providing double handles for stability. This kit attaches to your existing 15mm rods (lightweight or studio spaced) running through a baseplate.
The Zacuto Z-Drive is a unique, direct drive universal follow focus. It attaches to a single 15mm diameter rod and curves away from the operator at a 60 degree angle creating space and distance from the lens for comfortable use when the camera is on your shoulder. The Z-Drive slides on to the rod and tightens in place next to your lens with a Zacuto quick-release ratcheting red lever. It comes with a fixed 1" diameter .8 pitch gear to connect to your lens. If your lenses are not pitched to .8 or are not pitched at all (most DSLR and basic video camera lenses are not) you can add our Zipgear Universal to your lens so the teeth match our gear correctly for smooth rotation. The Z-Drive has a slender marking disc to create distance marks for repeatable focus pulls and a standard whip port.
The Tornado grip attaches to the Z-Drive whip port and works in tandem with the Z-Drive to create a unique mechanical follow focus handgrip. Slide the Tornado grip into the Z-Drive whip port by pushing down on the round plunger and pushing the Tornado into the port. Once you release this plunger it will be securely attached. Grab the horn handle with your bottom three fingers, placing your forefinger and thumb on the scalloped focus wheel. Turn your whole hand to focus. For lenses with a large focus rotation, release your thumb and forefinger, ratchet your wrist back and grab the scalloped wheel once again for more range.
The Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel comes with a black 4.5 inch rod and a Z-Mount Zwivel 2 to attach to any 15mm rod. The Zwivel 2 allows you to change the angle between the two 15mm rods at set points turning 365 degrees using a pin locking mechanism. The Zwivel 2 has two levers which control each 15mm hole. In order to change the angle of the rods, just loosen either of the levers and the internal spring separates the parts for you to adjust to the desired angle. The handgrip fully articulates at a ball joint via the red quick release lever.
PLEASE NOTE: The Z-Drive is not compatible with matteboxes when working shoulder mounted.