Adorama, a photography, video, imaging and electronics retailer, recently expanded its Flashpoint ZeroGrav stabilizer line with the Flashpoint ZeroGrav Stabilizer III with boom function, a hybrid DSLR/digital video stabilizer with a jib-like arm for low angle shots.
The ZeroGrav III allows filmmakers to achieve motion shots without a dolly. It is designed to be balanced, making it operable while walking, running, driving, going up and down stairs and moving over uneven terrain. Unique to this model is a boom function, allowing for both high and low angle shots. Its levers, springs, counterbalance weights and concentric ring connections improve the new rig’s stabilization and accuracy.
The jib arm on the ZeroGrav III can be rotated vertically, putting the camera on the bottom and the counterbalance on the top, for low-angle or “low-mode” shots. Additionally, using a spring-powered arm supporting a gimbaled aluminum alloy monopod, gimbal-like camera stabilization can be achieved.
The handheld stabilizer grip is constructed from lightweight aluminum alloy. Counterbalances provide an anti-gravity feel and eliminate a tough, over-tensioned feel. The camera is attached directly to the platform or by means of a quick-release adapter. Positive locking levers and micrometer-geared adjusting knobs on a clearly marked calibration scale insure the slightest changes in equipment weight won’t affect the shot.