The Big Dog – Yes, it’s as heavy as it looks

The Big Dog – Yes, it’s as heavy as it looks

I was part of a shoot the other day and really can’t tell you anything about it. Its kind of top secret. But I can share these pics of the camera. It was crazy.

The camera for the day was an ALEXA Plus. We were shooting in 2K in 24 and 60 fps. The 60 fps would be used for slow-mo. The lens on there is a 45 to 290 zoom.  Let that sink in for a minute. To support that lens we needed to use a bridge plate that was about 2 feet long and 19mm studio rods.  With all accessories this guy came in around 4 feel in length. It filled up the mag liner as well as 90% of the back seat of my suburban when keeping it out of the elements. The best part was…. we had 2 of them.

OK ok, not 2 giant lenses but two ALEXA Plus camera bodies. Because it takes so much time to convert from a smaller handheld form to this larger lens set up, it was actually more effective (time wise) to have this rig ready to go while doing handheld shots with different lens. It might have cost more have the second camera there, but time was the biggest issue. There was none to waste with flights to catch and deadlines to meet so it took priority over cost.