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Redrock Micro, maker of the popular M2 35mm lens adapter, is showing a new compact handheld rig at Cinegear Expo in LA today and tomorrow. Unless you snapped a photo of it at the show and put it on your blog today, the above is the first publicly shown image of the thing.
Sorry it's got my drool all over it.
Of note: That's the Canon HV20 in there, mounted upside-down. Before you hurt yourself pondering it (like I did), that does not provide a right-side-up image on the camera's inverted viewfinder—hence the external jobby. At Redrock there are fans of external LCD displays and fans of viewfinders, and this rig is designed to support either.
We've seen some Frankenhoopty-lookin' HV20 rigs here on ProLost. It's wicked smart of Redrock to create a compact, DV Rebel-friendly system around the HV20. As my friends on TWiM pointed out in episode 59, the mini Canon has serious limitations, mostly in the area of manual control. But with a setup like this you're divesting it of much of that responsibility, basically just using it for its awesome little sensor.
If you're at Cinegear, check out Redrock at booth 30. Tell them Stu sent you. Then say, "Look, a blimp" and see what you can grab. I mean how much could that whole rig weigh?
I intend to find out.