Gear up! Captain Stubling HDSLR Rig

Handheld HDSLR rig: Captain Stubling, named after its designer, DV Rebel and VFX guru: Stu Maschwitz

Handheld HDSLR rig: Captain Stubling, named after its designer, DV Rebel and VFX guru: Stu Maschwitz



Following hot on the heels of our recent review of HDSLR rigs, here is our personal favourite, the Captain Stubling.

Based in Texas, USA, RedRock Micro has been a pioneer in cinema accessories (since 3004). They introduced the 35mm cinema lens adaptors, before the HDSLR revolution. One of the company’s highlights is in 2008 when Redrock Micro unveiled the world’s first cinema rig for video DSLRs such as the Canon 5D MKII and Canon 7D.

Digital Film Making student Aaron Gan handling the Captain Stubling in an actual event for the launch of a new office

Digital Film Making student Aaron Gan handling the Captain Stubling in an actual event for the launch of a new office

RedRock rigs are clearly recognised by the minimalist use of blue on the thumbscrews and the bright blue handlebars.

Captain Stubling package Price: $1,152.00
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Shoot & Run Features

As an event cinematographer, I feel the Captain Stubling is perfect for me. It’s easy to setup; everything simply fits snugly and more importantly, firmly!

This is my favourite configuration for the Captain Stubling where I don't have to bend my wrist.

This is my favourite configuration for the Captain Stubling where I don't have to bend my wrist.

The industry standard carbon fiber rods (15mm diameter) are lightweight and strong. It is also compact and ergonomic, giving you the correct form factor to shoot videos with HDSLRs.

Keeping It Tight

The last thing I want when shooting is wobble coming from my rig. Keeping it tight is where RedRock rigs excel. Their thumbscrews are just great. With a little amount of twist pressure, I can tighten my rig and it stays that way until I disassemble it for packing.

The DSLR Baseplate seen here grips the camera in a vice and bonds it to the carbon fiber rods

The DSLR Baseplate seen here grips the camera in a vice and bonds it to the carbon fiber rods

The handlebar grips are made of high quality non-slip material, providing a stable platform for hand-held videography. It just fits nicely in our hands and stays there!

Staying In Focus

The Captain Stubling comes with the essential microFollowFocus V2. The metallic feel of the focus wheel on the fingers could have been made kinder with some form of finishing. When it comes to real work, this baby is accurate and smooth. The trademark blue lens gear (also available in black) attaches easily on our 24-70mm lens. The lens gear used is size C.

Our videography team covering an official launch using the Captain Stubling with Zoom H4N audio recorder

Our videography team covering an official launch using the Captain Stubling with Zoom H4N audio recorder

We don’t like the fact that lens gears aren’t included in the package. RedRock Micro should have made it VERY CLEAR to its customers that lens gears aren’t part of the package instead of putting it in small print in the Technical Spec’s tab.

Even after ‘Adding To Cart’, the there is not even a ‘Recommended Accessories’ or a note that says the lens gear isn’t part of the package. What’s the point of selling a complete rig with a follow focus without a lens gear?

Still, the follow focus and lens gear fit together nicely. There are no slip ups whatsoever during focusing. They are quite a dynamic duo. The blue lens gear is actually quite attention grabbing during event shoots.

5D Mark II with microFollowFocus v2 on the Captain Stubling handheld rig

5D Mark II with microFollowFocus v2 on the Captain Stubling handheld rig

Rock Solid Baseplate

One of the most impressive features of RedRock Micro’s accessories is its baseplate. This rock solid platform locks on to the camera so very tight. It has a locking pin that prevents the camera from swiveling around. This is a really small ‘threaded rod’. Exercise caution when handling it. If it’s not tightened securely, it will fall out and you’ll lose this minute yet essential thingy.

The baseplate also grips the rods in a vice, forming an extremely strong bond between your camera and the industry standard carbon fiber rods. All your worries about your camera wobbling or slipping from the rods can be safely cast aside. It’s that robust!

Digital Film Making students Aaron Gan & Thiyaga. By sliding the handlebar upwards, Aaron can easily access the follow focus.

Digital Film Making students Aaron Gan & Thiyaga. By sliding the handlebar upwards, Aaron can easily access the follow focus.

Lightweight, Good To Go

The entire package is small, compact and lightweight making this rig ideal for event videographers who are constantly on the move. Its diminutive size also lets the videographer weave his/her way through a crowd.

Laid bare, disassembled: the Captain Stubling HDSLR handheld rig from RedRock Micro

Laid bare, disassembled: the Captain Stubling HDSLR handheld rig from RedRock Micro

Captain Stubling (lens gear not included)

Handlebar rod clamp
Two Rubberized Hand Grips
One 4 inch grip rod
One 4 inch handlebar rod
Two 9 inch carbon fiber rods
microFollowFocus V2

Need help with finding the proper lens gear?

Lens Gear Measurement Chart for Canon EF Lenses

It's also an added advantage that the Captain Stubling is sleek and sexy! (seen here with the equally sexy Canon 5D Mark II)

It's also an added advantage that the Captain Stubling is sleek and sexy! (seen here with the equally sexy Canon 5D Mark II)

Conclusion

Its small, lightweight features instantly makes it ideal for event videography. It’s modular, giving you the flexibility to add more accessories onto the rig. It’s also highly customisable according to the build of the videographer. Each thumbscrew is easily tighten with little effort and they grip the rods like there’s no tomorrow. The HDSLR baseplate is a strong and secure platform that secures your camera.

The Captain Stubling rig consistently demonstrates RedRock Micro’s attention to quality and precision. We would recommend it to videographers who are shooting events and weddings. It is also a good addition to film making when you just have to move in and out of tight spaces real fast.

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About Baron

Film Director, Certified Steadicam Operator, Authorized Glidecam Trainer, Sony Pro Trainer, Apple Certified Pro (Final Cut Pro), Grass Valley Authorised Trainer (Edius), Part-time Lecturer (Saito College)
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