I’ve long been a fan of Zacuto DSLR grip gear. I think it’s fair to describe them as the Snap On Tools of filming grip gear, especially their superb Z Finders and DSLR Rigs. Not the cheapest in the marketplace, but built to last a lifetime. However, one tiny aspect of this type of rig, whether Zacuto, Red Rock Micro or any other is that unless you have a dedicated case for them, they need a few minutes to set up each time you use them. Practice, of course, makes perfect, but there’s always that slight fiddle with the shoulder stock and arm length relationship before your totally comfortable to shoot. These new compact, colapsable rigs seem to solve that issue and also make the rig into a truly portable device. We’ve not used one ourselves yet, but they look just perfect for the kind of ‘road trip’ features we’re going to be shooting over at Historic Racer this next few months. The principal difference between the two is the adjustable pistol grip, something that not everyone feels the need for, Philip Bloom included. For me, I’d go with the pistol grip, but everyone’s different. One thing’s for sure, you can go from five minutes of assembly and fiddling to fifteen seconds and you’re good to go, just watch this demo video….