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    Hi all, At Ranger options .. ergonomically speaking does the Ranger sit comfortably on your shoulder without the need for a rig ?
    Any ides? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehetfield View Post
    Hi all, At Ranger options .. ergonomically speaking does the Ranger sit comfortably on your shoulder without the need for a rig ?
    Any ides? Thanks!

    Short answer, absolutely. yes, it can. With a big enough battery, or a shark fin and two batteries, which is better. with two big batteries on a shark fin, and a shoulder pad, it feels reminiscent of the Aaton “cat on a shoulder”.






    EVF:
    ...though, best to have an EVF bracket so the EVF can be properly positioned. the side mount placement seems more fitting for DSMC2 “medium format top down” operating. one of the red specialist told me their client liked the side mount option for the Ranger, but unkown how they had the camera setup. i’d imagine they had to extend the weight in the back quite a bit, or maybe they were primarily on a tripod or easy rig, where the weight is handled differently. in any case, plenty of EVF mount options. the Wooden Camera AIR evf for the oled is neat looking, but not necessary. i think it is fine. might not be best for the cable life long term, but keeps the build looking more clean. But no need to use the Red OLED evf, third part options are just as good (or better), but require more wires. i’ve no idea why Red doesn't just fix the video feed.









    Additional aks:
    Best to figure out some sort of pad or something, because your shoulder and neck, or clothing can block half of the vent. The pad can keep the air channel more open, and in the Summer, you may actually like the padding too.

    but it doesn't have to be a rig, just something DIY even. The Ranger has rosettes on the smart side, so attaching an arm for a right hand grip directly to the body is easy. on the operator side, you may need an adapter to get a second arm on. But overall, pretty doable to make the Ranger work without much additions.


    For a very minimal setup, the Bright Tangerine DSMC2 baseplate works well. It can attached directly to the dovetail tripod plate. It does have a slight over hang, but could saw of the corner of the bright tangerine plate if it bothers you when shoulder mounted.



    I sort of like using it without a rig, it lowers the center of the lens for me, and is incredibly light feeling once properly balanced. If you get too front heavy, the light weight of the rig can look a little too shaky, not DSLR micro jitters, but certainly a little more shake than a traditional cine or fully rigged camera. But if you have a prime lens and two batteries stacked on the back, it can get pretty spot on with balance.
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    The Ranger body is really small. i think in picutres it looks big, but considering it doesn’t require rigging and add ons, and cheese plate built in, it often is smaller than a comparably rigged DSMC2 or Komodo (and appreciably smaller and lighter than a rigged up Alexa Mini) And since there are no loose hanging parts, it actually handles much better with less fatigue. Obviously, a dsmc2 or Komodo can strip down to a smaller size, but then they aren’t really comparably rigged, features wise. so, if shooting requires a Ronin S than yeah, a Komodo will be better. but handheld and Sticks, sending monitor feeds to director client, etc, powering accesories, etc, in a camera that is only 2” longer than DSMC2, while being lighterweight than a DSMC2 with production modules, and at the same time having quiet fans, (a lof of empty space for the cooling unit in the middle of the body), and it becomes quite a different shooting experience.

    i am working on a power option that makes Rangers work well on gimbals like the Movi Pro or Ronin 2. If Red updats this body, they should relocate the 4pin lemo power connector more inset, maybe two inches away from the rear and towards the lens. there is nothing in the way, and it would allow for the Ranger concept to work better on gimbals out of the box. but not a big deal, as i found a solution. Still, overall the Ranger with Kippertie mags and Revolva is rather spectacular overall.
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