We’ve been looking forward to some of the camera accessories from Canadian company Shape WLB ever since NAB, and we were not disappointed when we received our first samples. Shape has been developing handheld rigs for years based on feed back from users, and this attention to detail shows in every product.
Today, I’ll take a look at the Composite F3 Kit for the Sony PMW-F3 and the Double Quick Handle Rosette system. The Composite F3 system includes the popular Quick Handle, which is attached to standard 15mm rods via the Rod Block. By simply depressing the big red button, you can quickly unlock the handles to reposition them to fit your needs. With a comfortable shoulder pad and options for a battery plate or counterweights, the Shape Composite F3 system is a great run-and-gun solution for the F3.
The Double Quick Handle Rosette system attaches to an Arri rosette, which offers adjustment on two axes. Both the quick handles and the arm extensions can be repositioned using the red release knob. They are ideal for attaching directly to the ALEXA or to the PMW-F3 when paired with the Element Technica Riser. In either case, the adjustment takes just seconds.
Watch my video above as I detail some of the features of the Shape Composite F3 and the Double Quick Handle Rosette system.