The Canon C70 is seeing renewed curiosity with the addition of Canon RAW to this cell cinema digicam with an adaptable RF lens mount and built-in ND’s and a type issue that appears like a bigger DSLR. Thus, I’m looking at accent choices for the digicam and tackling my first Kondor Blue evaluation on the similar time. Try my full evaluation of the Canon C70 Kondor Blue equipment beneath:
Kondor Blue, a relative newcomer to the digicam accent market, first piqued my curiosity throughout the pandemic, and I’ve been watching the discharge of their merchandise and sometimes adopting a number of to be used on my units (like their articulating arms and tilting monitor cage). I’ve by no means had the chance to actually do a deep dive on a digicam particular rig from them, nonetheless.
Over almost a month unfold out after Cinegear 2022 I used the Canon C70 (see our replace on RAW right here) on a wide range of shoots in tandem with the Kondor Blue Canon C70 “Final Rig” with a number of different à la carte equipment just like the standout Kondor Blue Swivel and Tilt Monitor Mount and varied inexpensive cables.
The Canon C70, from a worth level perspective, looks like an ideal marriage between the pricing of the Kondor Blue equipment and the digicam itself. It’s at all times a tough ask of customers to spend as a lot as 50% of the worth of your digicam on the equipment for that very same digicam. At a value of roughly $1,000 – $1,500 for the total set of equipment within the C70 “Final Rig” I evaluation right here — the pricing feels proper.
In the event you’re on the lookout for comparable merchandise, Picket Digicam has a C70 rig within the ballpark of $1722.00 and Form has an adjunct package that provides comply with focus, matte field and double hand grips to the general rig for $2,287.00. 8Sinn additionally has a number of à la carte choices for the Canon C70.
Precisely matching value from one other model is hard as a result of it’s a bit like evaluating apples to oranges, however Tilta appears to land in the same place to Kondor Blue when it comes to worth level alone.
I get why we push for matte black within the digicam business — it doesn’t mirror mild as simply and doesn’t present scratches as usually, however having a rig with splashes of blue blended with area gray (the rig can be accessible in basic black) feels undeniably trendy. Let’s not fake that there isn’t consumer notion at play in terms of our tools — handsome gear on set generally makes purchasers really feel like their cash is being effectively spent.
The Kondor Blue Canon C70 rig simply appears to be like good.
I additionally get the sense that the Kondor Blue C70 rig was developed in conversations with precise filmmakers. Thanks! Oddly, the Canon C70 simply doesn’t have too many mounting factors straight out of the field — you might have one chilly shoe and one 1/4 20 on the aspect, however that’s about it — not almost sufficient actual property for issues like wi-fi video and even including an exterior monitor is a chore. Talking of which, an exterior monitor is 100% crucial, with the flimsy C70 monitor being one of many cameras’ true weak factors.
Almost all these points are fastened out of the gate by the addition of a prime plate, improved Kondor Blue deal with (the native Canon deal with wiggles slightly), aspect plate after which a baseplate for 15mm rods.
I additionally like that Kondor Blue’s cage doesn’t cowl the whole digicam with steel and honors the minimalist really feel of the C70 typically. What’s the purpose of buying a cell cinema digicam after which protecting it with so many equipment that the whole construct is big? I by no means perceive doing that with small bodied cameras.
Having used merchandise from almost all competitor manufacturers on this section, I used to be to see how the Kondor Blue kits compares typically construct high quality, and I used to be not disillusioned. All of the C70 items from Kondor Blue are closely reliant on steel elements, and the knobs all lock the whole lot down securely with out concern of slippage.
The LANC sensible deal with particularly, significantly not someplace you desire a failure, has a security catch and is designed in a method that you just’d need to loosen the lock, have the catch fail after which slide the deal with rapidly left for something to occur – not a probable state of affairs.
There’s a perpendicular going through 15mm spot within the deal with that might provide you with one other mounting level for a monitor that’s offset barely or one other accent.
Discovering a spot for the shotgun mic mount on the inventory C70 Canon offered deal with is one more dilemma because it simply impacts your hand throughout working and Kondor Blue handles this effectively — they separate out the mic mount by offering one other mounting spot for it proper above the Mini XLR ports on the digicam itself. In truth, the shotgun mic is now so near the Mini XLR ports that I wouldn’t thoughts an excellent shorter XLR cable choice sooner or later.
The “Final Rig” for the Canon C70 at the moment appears optimized for tripod use or handheld and never shouldered. The Shoulder Pad Air, just lately introduced by Kondor Blue at NAB 2022, appears to be like to alter that, and I sadly didn’t have an opportunity to evaluation that accent right here, however the shoulder pad mounts to any pair of 15mm rods and would work advantageous right here as soon as the baseplate is faraway from the dovetail system — I simply can’t converse to the extent of consolation it affords.
One other standout accent not included within the core package, however value mentioning, is the Kondor Blue Swivel Tilt Monitor Mount. Merely add a nato rail (like this 5″ one) to your monitor of alternative, and you’ve got a tilting connection between small exterior monitor and digicam that’s unimaginable to shake.
There’s a lot to love concerning the Kondor Blue Canon C70 rig proper out of the gate. Let’s dig into the main points.
One section I used to be pleasantly shocked to see that Kondor Blue is supporting is the digicam cables. For this evaluation I examined the total sized HDMI Cable, D-Faucet to Barrel, Mini XLR to Full Sized XLR Cable and LANC cable. The Mini XLR, D-Faucet and HDMI cables all have a knit cloth round them that makes them resistant to tug or chopping harm — the LANC cable that triggers the document button on the digicam from the deal with isn’t fairly as sturdy, and also you would possibly truly wish to decide up and additional one in every of these in case it takes a success.
The pricing on most of Kondor Blue’s cables is superb, with the HDMI cable I examined right here working solely about $15.00 and the mini XLR cable hitting a $20.00 worth level.
Kondor Blue additionally has a variety of different fashionable cinema cables that I didn’t evaluation right here just like the D-Faucet to 2-Pin Lemo and LP-E6 and Sony L-Collection Dummy battery choices that every one vary as a lot as 50% cheaper versus a few of their rivals. I like that Kondor Blue is making an effort right here to decrease the barrier of entry for filmmakers — I’ve turn into so used to paying $100+ for cables, and the Kondor Blue’s pricing makes extra sense to me given the supplies in play.
Solely time will inform if there’s a long run high quality difficulty right here, however all of the connectors really feel safe to the contact, and I’ve quite a lot of optimism for all of Kondor Blue’s cables having an extended lifespan on my digicam rigs. Test again with me in two years on this one.
The Canon C70 lasts hours with the BP battery (both A30 or A60), however if you wish to energy extra equipment like a monitor or wi-fi video you’re going to wish a battery plate just like the $159.00 gold mount (pictured above) or V-mount plate.
You may have a wide range of output choices like 5, 7.4/8.4, and 12 VDC Barrel with the battery plate in addition to a single 15V D-Faucet output. Two blue knobs help you pivot the battery plate up and down, and the plate doesn’t have any play whereas shouldered working or throughout fast pans or tilts.
I want we had a number of extra D-Faucet output choices with this battery plate and I’ve turn into reliant on a fuse warning mild from different manufacturers (not current right here), however this plate offers you loads of flexibility for powering exterior equipment or, after all, the digicam itself. A 90-ish WH battery will hold the Canon C70 working for hours and hours.
There are many standout design options with the Kondor Blue “Final Rig” for the Canon C70, however I hold coming again to the general affordable value of their already wide selection of equipment. It simply feels to me like they’ve hit a candy spot right here between pricing and performance that’s tough for different accent producers to duplicate.
The Canon C70 could also be within the midst of its personal mini renaissance and Kondor Blue’s equipment make it a practical filmmaking platform with the potential for including audio receivers, time code, bigger skilled batteries, wi-fi video, onboard screens and extra.
Beforehand, I’d usually go away the C70 at house, regardless of it having the identical sensor because the C300 MK III, simply due to its actual lack of mounting factors and fortunately my trusty C70 is now getting extra use than earlier than due to its new blue-fringed equipment.
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