New Gear From Zacuto, Redrock Micro, Genus, Letus and Arri For Canon C300


**** The C300 Footage Does Not Represent The Camera Very Well. *****

The new Canon Cinema EOS C300 camera can be used without any accessories at all. The handle is quite beefy and should work well for quick hand held shots. The major accessory manufactures have already designed a bunch of gear for the new Canon C300 camera. Redrock Micro has a cage system, Zacuto has a new base plate and hand held rig that looks cool and light weight. Letus has the new Hurlbut Visuals master series, Genus has a complete shoulder rig. Arri has a base plate system that uses the same rosette handles from older shoulder sets and a very un-Arri like shoulder pad system similar to the new HIR sets.
Both Zacuto and RRM got the camera prior to launch and were able to design specific parts to compliment the camera’s odd foot print. There is a two inch front lip at the bottom of the camera that only serves as a balance foot when placed on the deck without support. This and the new shape of the camera makes it small and should work well without the ugly and goofy monitor system. The LCD monitor is a clam shell type with controls for both audio and playback on the bottom half. I was not impressed with that. The viewfinder is just OK. Too small really. The camera is nice and compact and the images looked quite nice. Everyone was raving about the image quality. What do you expect from a bunch of people hand picked to attend the event. The 16K price point is going to hurt this camera the most. I asked Chuck Westfall if this was a deliberate move by Canon to distinguish DSLR from Hollywood production cameras?  He replied. “Absolutely, this is the beginning of our Cinema EOS system”. I just hope Canon does not forget about the cameras that got them there.


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Kahleem Poole

    The Chuck interview concerns me for the same reasons that you put.
    The DSLR cinema users, especially the lower budget ones, are the people who got Canon to this area in the first place. If not for this audience, this camera not only wouldn’t have existed, but wouldn’t have even been acknowledged.

    I am really hoping they don’t leave us behind. Maybe the new C DSLR will remedy this and keep that bridge open. Because truth be told, I’d love to use the C300. Just not for 20k.