Sony has announced a new VENICE Rialto 2 Camera Extension System. This is a follow-up to the original system and while it was designed for the new VENICE 2, it will also work on the VENICE.
The new VENICE Rialto 2 Camera Extension System has an extended operating range and a few new features have been added.
The original Sony Rialto Camera Extension System for Sony VENICE was announced back in 2018.
The Sony Rialto Camera Extension System enabled you to remove the sensor block and extend it up to 18′ / 5.48m away from the camera body with no loss of image quality.
With the new Sony VENICE Rialto 2 Camera Extension System the Japanese manufacturer has increased the operating distance to 39.37′ / 12m. They have managed to do this by changing what is internally inside of the cable they are using.
The new system weighs 2.2kg in PL mount and 1.7kg in E-mount. With its small size and lightweight, it gives users the ability to shoot in tight spaces, go handheld or mount the Extension System 2 on gimbals and cranes.
The original VENICE Rialto System has been used on Hollywood blockbusters such as Top Gun: Maverick, where the small form factor of three VENICE Extension systems, paired with three cameras, allowed Claudio Miranda ASC to place multiple VENICE cameras in the cockpit of an F-18 fighter jet to capture unique shots.
Along with the big increase in operating distance, the new Rialto Camera Extension System 2 also features a spirit indicator and a gyro sensor. It records this information in the metadata and outputs the data through the camera’s SDI.
The Rialto Camera Extension System 2 also now has four assignable buttons that you can use for various functions such as changing the ND, REC Start/Stop, etc. The old system only had two assignable buttons. It is important to note that if you use the new Rialto Camera Extension System 2 on the VENICE you can only utilize two assignable buttons.
Pricing & Availability
The new VENICE VENICE Rialto 2 Camera Extension System will be available in early 2023 for $18,999.99 USD and $24,399.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.