Building the Ultimate Pocket 6K Pro Shooting Rig

There’s always something new coming out and that means there is always a new “ultimate” rig being shown off.

Today we are going to look at a rig that stars the Blackmagic Pocket 6K Pro and DJI RS 3 Pro. They may both be “pro” versions, but they can definitely benefit from the addition of some helpful tools and accessories.

Filmmaker michael tobin has been tweaking his kit for some time and has the latest version of his rig to show off. It’s a solid handheld setup that relies on a few key pieces to bring everything together for a better shooting experience.

If you want a look at all the older parts of the rig we actually covered an earlier version of this rig. This includes a look at the power solutions and even the DJI LiDAR system.

If you want to see the new stuff then keep on reading.

The first piece is the SmallRig Wireless Control Dual Handgrip designed specifically for the DJI RS 3 Pro.

It easily attaches to the side of the gimbal’s handle and provides a more ergonomic setup for the entire rig.

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

Image Credit: Blackmagic Design

What makes it even better is that the arms are NATO rails and come with special handgrips that can be positioned along the entire arm to complete the kit.

One is a smart grip that supports wireless remote control over the gimbal. This uses a Bluetooth transmitter to get working.

SmallRig Wireless Dual Control Handgrip for DJI RS 3 Pro

Image Credit: SmallRig

Dual handgrips are much better for longer shoots, especially if your kit is on the heavier side. Keep in mind that heavy means less and less weight the longer you plan to hold it.

This won’t permit smooth manual focus control from the main DJI handle though, so it really is best for when you are using something like the DJI LiDAR for autofocus.

For extra versatility, you can remove one handle if you don’t think you’ll need it.

Tilta Advanced Kit for Pocket 6K Pro

Image Credit: Tilta

Camera mounting it taken care of with the Tilta Advanced Kit. This features a baseplate with quick release that make it super quick and easy to take the camera on and off the RS 3 Pro. Going from handheld to gimbal is made simple.

Looking at the camera you may notice the DZOFilm VESPID Cyber 35mm prime he has mounted on it.

These are full-frame lenses that features a data port that can connect directly to the focus motor so you don’t have to worry about calibration.

DZOFilm VESPID Cyber 35mm T2.1 Lens

Image Credit: DZOFilm

The lenses themselves are also nice lenses with excellent build quality and optics.

They are characterful, though maybe not quite to the level of true classic glass. He opted for 35mm here.

You’ll probably still need some help to make sure you can use this for an entire day.

That is where a vest rig can help provide some much needed support.

DigitalFoto THANOS-SE Gimbal Support Vest System

Image Credit: DigitalFoto

He is using the DigitalFoto THANOS-SE system which looks quite effective.

He then added the Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release System to it for quickly popping on his gimbal.

This distributes the weight across your waist and back which makes it much safer to operate the gimbal rig for long periods of time.

Tobin goes and claims that this is the best gimbal shooting rig for 2022. Since 2022 is nearly over he might just be right.

What do you think about this rig? Do you have any of your own thoughts or improvements to make?

[source: michael tobin]

Order Links:

  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro (B&H, Amazon)
  • DJI RS 3 Pro Gimbal Stabilizer (B&H, Amazon)
  • DJI LiDAR Range Finder (B&H, Amazon)
  • SmallRig Wireless Control Dual Handgrip (B&H, Amazon)
  • Tilta Advanced Kit for Pocket 6K Pro (B&H, Amazon)
  • DZOFilm VESPID Cyber 35mm T2.1 Lens (B&H, Amazon)
  • DigitalFoto THANOS-SE Gimbal Support Vest System (B&H, Amazon)
  • Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release Catcher System (B&H, Amazon)

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