When shooting stills, you can put he camera down and let it hang freely at your hip until you’re
ready to make the next shot. But with video,
you’re shooting for long periods of time—
sometimes hours—which can quickly lead
to fatigue and poor camera handling.
This is why camera rigs such as the Zacuto
Enforcer have become invaluable accessories
for videographers. What makes the Enforcer
an interesting alternative to the more bulky
and complex camera rigs currently available
is its amazingly small and collapsible design.
While other camera rigs often require their
own separate bag or case to accommodate
the various components and accessories, the
Enforcer fits easily into almost any camera
bag, making it ideal for photographers who
are working alone or who prefer working
with a minimal kit.
The Enforcer’s solid metal construction is
at the heart of its design, providing much-needed stability. When the gunstock’s comfortable rubber pad is pressed against your
chest, it creates a stability that isn’t possible
when handholding the camera away from
The camera is securely mounted onto a
Gorilla Plate V2 using a standard ¼- 20
screw. The plate can accommodate the
popular Zacuto Z-finder, which provides a
clear view of the camera’s LCD by eliminating glare and reflections. When your eye is
pressed against the Z-Finder, it provides a
valuable third point of contact, which along
with the hand and body contact lends incredible stability for run-and-gun shooting.
The camera plate is then secured to the
main rig by turning a red quick-release
ratcheting lever. Just a short turn of the
ratcheting lever is enough to provide a
secure hold to the rig.
But the unique style of the Enforcer lies
in its gunstock pivot joint, which collapses
the entire rig into a compact storable con-
figuration. Depressing the silver knob and
squeezing the gunstock itself releases it from
its collapsed position. It clicks in place and
locks into position.
The support arm level lets you position
the support arm into one of its two positions.
The first position is designed to use when the
Z-Finder is attached, providing just enough
working distance to comfortably press the
finder’s rubber eyecup on your eye and hold
the camera body in your right hand.
If you’re not using the Z-Finder, the
second configuration positions the camera
further away, providing a good view of the
camera’s LCD screen. But now with the
Enforcer’s physical contact with the body
of the photographer, the resulting footage is
smoother and steadier even when walking
to keep up with a moving subject.
Though I used the Enforcer in
both configurations (with and
without the Z-Finder), I preferred its use with the finder. I not
only found it more comfortable
this way, but it helped to keep
unwanted vibration and movement to a minimum as I moved
to keep up with my subject. I
did need to adjust the angle of
the gunstock a couple of times in
order to find the ideal fit for my
body, but once I found it, there
was no need for readjustment.
The rubber pad of the gunstock made it very comfortable
to press the rig against my body.
This was a welcome alternative to traditional shoulder rigs that put pressure and
strain on the shoulder. Even rigs with ample
padding can become uncomfortable over
extended periods of use.
My right hand was positioned on the
handgrip of the camera, but the angle at
which I was holding it sometimes made
my wrist hurt. This is where changing the
angle of the rubber pad on the gunstock
became critical. Though I was never able to
completely eliminate it as an issue for me, it
was comfortable enough to get me through
several shooting sessions.
I worked without the Z-Finder on several
occasions when I was filming fast-moving
and unpredictable action. The isolated view
of the finder just didn’t work for me in these
situations. However, I was able to quickly
remove the finder and extend the length of
BY IBARIONEX PERELLO
The Zacuto Enforcer
Right: The Zacuto Enforcer, used
in tandem with the Zacuto Z-finder, provides improved stability for run-and-gun videography.