Zoom Controller for LBUS Motors? cmotion controller microforce zoom By Aidan Gray on 3/14/19, 6:19 AM • 381 views Looking to further expand my LCS kit and add some sort of zoom controller (i.e. Microforce) for use with my cforce motors. Currently, I'm split between the cvolution pan-bar zoom and the ARRI Master Grip (right hand rocker). The difference in price is pretty marginal, and the Master grip would possibly be more versatile but at the same time, I don't personally enjoy the feel of the rocker vs a Microforce-style joystick, like the pan-bar zoom controller features. Thoughts? Any other options I should be looking at? I am aware of the ZMU-3A, but I'm not aware of any option to easily integrate it into an LBUS ecosystem. Thanks!
I understand what you mean and I can only confirm Clemens his proposition. The steady-zoom is nice and light and enough features when the operator needs to do stuff. Two weeks ago I was using the ZMU-3A for zoomcontrol, but this only supports fisher styled connectors (CLM-2,3,4 motors) which splits out in a 3-pin RS for trigger and power. Be aware that this is very sensitive to "low power" so you'll need high power batteries to make the motor work smooth when zooming quick. Convert as an answer Clemens Hönig On 3/14/19, 8:34 AM I think the Master Grips are a great tool in a classic shoulder rig application and I really haven`t heard anything bad about them. Even cmotion`s pan-bar and steady-zooms could be used in this configuration as well, I think their real strength is their versatility and size. With the clamp, they can easily be mounted on any pan-bar, rod or handle. You can mount them on a gimbal, steady cam or pan-bar. So I guess it really depends in which scenarios you want to use the zoom control. If you go with the cmotion zooms, I would recommend the steady-zoom, as this has two additional soft buttons on the bottom of the zoom (so in total 4), while the pan-bar zoom has only 2.
Wow - I didn't even realise there was a difference between the steady and pan bar zooms besides the clamp - great call! I'll hopefully be picking one of these up in the near future... Convert as an answer on 3/15/19, 6:45 AM Rafael del Campo On 3/26/19, 2:50 PM I own the SteadyZoom and work very very good, I prefer SteadyZoom vs PanBarZoom, because has the LBUS port perpendicular to Zoom unit, so can be used in more positions without broke the cable. I used some times on arri style handheld configurations direct to handle, and used to wired to WCU4 for steadicam + Zoom, and I control Focus+Iris and Director far to me and wired to me control the zoom, with steadizoom attach to standard handle. Also you can take of the original clamp and make a own custom clamp, in the steadyzoom the LBUS port is on the body, in the PanBar the LBUS is a "external" piece shared with the clamp.