Several new products from Kessler at NAB this year. First up is a heavy duty dolly for large camera packages (Video embedded above). The stand featured a Sony FS7 with a cine prime mounted on the system which was somewhat dwarfed by the sled it was attached to! The dolly runs on regular speed rails, but is also compatible with Kessler’s screw-in system that packs down nicely for travel.
The legs on the dolly track were also very clever: they bolt directly to the track and mean that you don’t have to pack additional heavy light stands to support the rig. Shuttle Dolly kits start at around $1,100 US, and are available now.
Next, an update to Kessler’s popular Second Shooter electronic control system sees interface improvements, so it’s now possible, for instance, to control different axes of movement without having to switch into the menus and toggle between functions. Especially welcome news for any existing owners is that it’s going to be possible to return your original Second Shooter to Kessler and receive a rebate off a new unit. The new, improved Second Shooter Plus should be available six weeks from now, for $599 US.
Finally, Kessler is also showing its new Digital Jog Dial, a control surface that functions as a traditional follow focus as well as being compatible with the company’s Second Shooter and Cine Drive systems. The Jog Dial will be available in around three months for about $500 US.