Pimp Your Element Technica Mantis Shoulder Rig

Over the years with much use and time your Hand Grips begin to lose their density. The acids in palm sweat brake down the rubber and causes the grips to slip. The look of the rig turns sloppy and under maintained. Since the grips become softer it’s harder to keep a firm grip over long takes so your hands have to constantly re-adjust which effects movement in camera.

A great way to facelift your Element Technica Mantis is by ordering a set of ODI Lock-On HandGrips which are available in fun colours to best suit your personality. The bottom caps protect the Mantis Handle from getting scratches.

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To remove the old grips I’d recommend a compressor with a point tip for the easiest removal if not canned air will do with a few twist and turns.

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Keep in mind if you have an older style rig like mine with the Shorter Grip Post w/Remote Stop  you’ll have to order a smaller 90mm handgrip to compensate. The newer models use a pair of traditional 130mm length Grips.

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You can see the olds grips do no justice to the Lock-Ons!

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SOURCE: Element Technica MantisElement Technica Grips – ODI Lock Rings – ODI Grips 130mm/90mm

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Red Dragon w/ New Fans

Making everyone happy on set is key to establish peace with a crew. Over the years since Epic was released in 2011, the main complaint was the fans high dB count during a take. Sound department hates it and tends to sum up more work for post in the sound mix.

We had the same issue years ago when films went from silent to talkies in the early 30’s, it’s very cool to stand next to a Panavision Gold camera during a take to hear it’s subtle purr. Inside that box is years of perfection where all the magic is being made. Still to this day even 75mm IMAX cameras are so loud the whole scene needs ADR.

Below is an image of the a Dragon Epic with new 6K sensor, New Top Fan and New Top Plate.

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It appears Red went with dual fans for ultimate performance so they’re offering a Top Plate Trade-In program to help with the modifications due to the fans new form factor, this is very cool for current Red Top Plate Owners. Some 3rd party Top Plates may not clear so you’ll have to wait until manufactures can confirm compatibility.

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The kit above retails for $450 or if you like to take it slow then you can order one at a time for $250 each. The fans should be shipping within the week and the Top Plates are still in the works. Along with Fans shipping a new FirmWare has dropped with all new heat/fan algorithms.

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Please contact your Red Sales Rep for further details and can be ordered on the SOURCE link below.

SOURCE Red.comStore, RedUser1, RedUser2_Firmware