By technical editor Matt Allard:
At IBC 2014 Vocas were showing a custom baseplate for the upcoming FS7 – within hours of the camera’s announcement. It transpires that Sony let Vocas see the camera ahead of time because they liked the company’s previous baseplate for the F5/55.
It is contoured to the base of the camera and has rod mounting at the front at the correct height for a Mattebox. There are also optional rod mounts for the rear and ARRI style rosettes on either side, for arms and handgrips. The baseplate fits straight onto a Sony VCT-14 broadcast tripod plate, but can also be fitted to a regular tripod mount by replacing a fixing on the underside of the baseplate.
The baseplate is due to ship in October 2014 and it can be ordered now for 650 Euro from the Vocas website.