This Crazy Rig Is Perfect For Shooting Airplanes

May 4, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

This Crazy Rig Is Perfect For Shooting Airplanes

May 4, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Photographer Jim Winters is shooting lots of aviation. As the way of Aviation photography, the camera/lens combo can be quite a heavy lift, and not easy to ballance. Some photographers use a lens collar or dual camera/lens bracket as a mounting point on a tripod, and while this setup is good for stabilizing the camera, is anything but portable.

Jim Winters came up with the perfect (pink solution) he built a triple axis rig which mounts both the camera, heavy/long lenses and a plethora of other goodies. He named it the TRIAXEZ.

Working with such a big rig, does have some additional advantages besides the obvious balancing and portability. Jim tells Nikon Rumors that the rig has a built in remote trigger which is attached to the handle, so Jim can activate the camera without moving his hands from the rig. The balancing weight is made from wheels and a 12V battery which can power the camera and other USB-charging accessories for more than you’ll ever need days, while giving charge levels feedback with a voltmeter. And to keep things nice and tidy, the wires go through the aluminum tubing.

Oh, and its pink.

If you wanna see just how well it performs, take a look at Jim’s portfolio at Nikon Miami.

[TRIAXEZ via nikonrumors]

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7 responses to “This Crazy Rig Is Perfect For Shooting Airplanes”

  1. Justin Smith Avatar
    Justin Smith

    This post has automatically been flagged by the nsa

  2. Jonathan Donovan Avatar
    Jonathan Donovan

    Even though it’s bright pink, I’d seriously reconsider pointing anything shoulder mounted at an airplane, especially near an airport or military airfield.

    1. Aaron W Avatar
      Aaron W

      No kidding. A shoulder-mounted rig with a long barrel attached? Stand anywhere near an airport with one of these and you’ve got 5 minutes before the TSA, FBI, and local cops are paying you a visit. It’s probably great at an airshow, but you’ll want to pay a preemptive visit to base security if you want to actually photograph anything.

  3. Robert Edward Scrivener Avatar
    Robert Edward Scrivener

    “Shooting airplanes”

  4. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Lighthearted comments aside, when you can read the pilot’s name off the side of an F-16 in flight it’s fairly clear that this guy has created a pretty stable platform here. And the pink just draws attention which in turn helps sell photographs. Really not much to knock here.

  5. jimwinters Avatar
    jimwinters

    it works and the fatigue after 4 hours is zero