At the heart of the SYMPLA system are the Plates, which fix the camera to SYMPLA rigs. Both versions allow front-back positioning; the Variable Plate also offers precise vertical and lateral adjustment, so lenses can be aligned with the Flexible Mattebox, or the camera viewfinder with your eye. Precision-cast in aluminium with durable steel components, SYMPLA Plates have no hard-to-access screws and require no tools for fitting or adjustment. Camera attachment is via Manfrotto's most popular quick release video plate (secured by a secondary safety lock) so swapping cameras, or moving a camera between SYMPLA and a Manfrotto video head is easy and fast. Using a sliding plate also means that additional front-back camera position adjustment is possible to take long lenses viewfinders, batteries and accessories into account.
Under the Plate are two 3/8” threads for attaching the entire rig, or individual components like the Flexible Mattebox, to a monopod, tripod or video head. Easy-Link fittings on the Plate sides also support Magic Arms, light modifiers, LED lighting units or external monitors.
Additionally to the Fixed and Variable Plates, the RC2 mount is now available. It features the RC2 quick release plate and thanks to the design of the mount, it is possible to adjust the operating height of the camera in two different positions, depending on the size of the body and the dimension of the lens.
SYMPLA FIXED PLATE
The Fixed Plate slides and holds the camera on SYMPLA rails for front-rear positioning. A single, easy to use repositionable ratchet lock blocks movement. No tools are required for plate adjustments.
Camera attachment: Manfrotto 504PLONG quick release video plate
Accessory attachments: 2 x 3/8" Easy Link
Underside: 2 x Female 3/8" threads (for monopod, tripod or video head QR plate)
Materials: Durable aluminium and steel construction
Load capacity: 5 kg (11lbs)
Weight: 0.96 kg (2.2 lbs)
SYMPLA VARIABLE PLATE
The Variable Plate slides and holds the camera on SYMPLA rails. It allows the camera to be moved on three independent axes (longitudinal, lateral and vertical). No tools are required for plate adjustments.
Camera attachment: Manfrotto 504PLONG quick release video plate
Accessory attachments: 2 x 3/8” Easy Link
Underside: 2 x Female 3/8” threads (for monopod, tripod or video head QR plate)
Materials: Durable aluminium and steel construction
Load capacity: 5 kg (11lbs)
Weight: 1.16 kg (2.55 lbs)
SYMPLA RC2 MOUNT
The RC2 Mount is a lightweight solution in order to combine video equipment such as HDSLRs or light camcorders, with rail system. Thanks to its design, it is possible to adjust the operating height of the camera in two different positions, depending on the size of the body and the dimension of the lens. The RC2 quick release plate allows fast and secure connection between the camera and the rig.
Camera attachment: Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate
Load Capacity: 5Kg (11lb)
Weight: 0,29Kg (0.63lb)
SYMPLA Adjustable Handles
Every person is different in height and build, and when it comes down to something as critical as a professional video rig, everyone has their own preferences for comfort and support. The handles are where the ergonomics and positioning flexibility of SYMPLA really come into play: mounted on ball joints inspired by Manfrotto's professional photographic heads, they can quickly be set wider, closer, vertically, horizontally or at any intermediate angle, rotated 360°... even upside-down – in whatever position you find most stable and most comfortable.
SYMPLA ADJUSTABLE HANDLES
SYMPLA Adjustable Handles are fitted on a Universal Mount by two arms that can be angled independently. The handles are mounted on pivoting ball joints for easier adjustment: a twist of the single locking dial on each handle loosens or blocks all movement, allowing them to be rotated freely and quickly set at the exact position and angle required. The handles can be set in customary vertical or near-vertical positions, but also horizontally like motorbike handlebars. When a SYMPLA rig is mounted on a video head, the handles can be used as double pan bars. Thanks to the Universal Mount, the Adjustable Handles can be easily removed and inverted to the upside down configuration. The PVC-free Adjustable Handles are supplied with two metal spacers that can be fitted to lengthen the arms. The same spacers also adapt the handles for use with Manfrotto's clamp and joystick remote control units.
SYMPLA RODS - 150MM
A pair of 150mm (5.9") long SYMPLA rails, including 1/2"-13UNC screw junctions, with standard 15mm (0,59") diameter.
SYMPLA RODS - 300MM
A pair of 300mm (11.8") long SYMPLA rails, including 1/2"-13UNC screw junctions, with standard 15mm (0,59") diameter.
SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox
High quality digital sensors and photo lenses need careful control of incoming light and the SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox is a universal light-hood, a positionable anti-glare/anti-reflection shield and a double 4x4" filter-holder, all rolled into one. A key component of the SYMPLA system, the Flexible Mattebox is designed for speed and ease of use, with its 90° hinge allowing fast lens changes and single-lock, tool-free height and front-back movements for equally speedy alignment.
SYMPLA FLEXIBLE MATTEBOX
The SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox is designed for cameras with interchangeable lenses; fitted on a Universal Mount, it slides backwards and forwards along SYMPLA rails, and has 50 mm (1.96") of vertical travel so that it can be aligned with different length lenses and heights. The mattebox has an elasticated textile lens seal that fits common lens diameters, and is built around a 90° swivel joint, which rotates the mattebox out of the way for fast lens changes. The weight of the Flexible Mattebox is fully supported by the SYMPLA rails (not by the camera lens) reducing stress on the camera's easily-damaged lens mount.
Two 4x4" filters can be held in front of the lens – one of the filter holders rotates through 360 degrees, to allow a polarising (or graduated) filter to be angled correctly.
The concertina rubber light hood is opened or closed, partially or fully, in an instant. More versatile than the traditional French flag design, it can shield unwanted directional glare from any angle without blocking light from the rest of the scene; in many cases, that can make a direct difference to the f-stop that can be used. Because the hood is flexible in length, it's universally compatible with lenses from wide-angle to tele-lens. It packs flat for transportability and, when open, protects the lens against knocks and scrapes. Being made of rubber, it won't hurt anyone who accidentally bumps into it... which means it's much safer for use in crowded places or close to sporting events. Another benefit of the flexible hood is that it can be used when shooting at an angle through glass: position the camera and extend and angle the hood so it forms a seal against the glass, thereby cutting out reflections. Repositionable ratchet locks on all movements.
THE HOOD OPENS TO VARIOUS LENGTHS DEPENDING ON LIGHT AND LENS ANGLES
THE HOOD CAN SHIELD AGAINST GLARE FROM ANY SPECIFIC DIRECTION WITHOUT BLOCKING LIGHT FROM OTHER ANGLES
SYMPLA Padded Shoulder Mount
SYMPLA PADDED SHOULDER MOUNT
The aluminum shoulder mount is assembled together with the Universal Mount in order to offer both, sturdy connection with the rods and lightness. The padding is developed to guarantee the best comfort and ergonomics in all Sympla configurations. A 3/8” thread is available to be used with a counterweight so the front-mounted load can be properly balanced.
SYMPLA Light Counterweight
SYMPLA LIGHT COUNTERWEIGHT
When using SYMPLA as a shoulder-mounted rig, using counterweights at the back of the rig, securely attached to the shoulder support pad, can aid balance and stability by putting the centre of the overall rig and equipment weight in line with your body's centre of gravity. The counterweight screws securely on to the SYMPLA Shoulder Pad via a 3/8” thread. Counterweights can also be stacked to offset very unbalanced loads.
SYMPLA 80MM H-OFFSET
The SYMPLA 80mm Horizontal Offset component allows two sets of SYMPLA Rods to be joined off-centre. The most common use is connecting the SYMPLA padded shoulder mount on short Rods with a pair of long Rods holding a RC2 Mount so that the camera viewfinder or LCD screen can be more comfortably positioned and the weight of the camera and rig more ergonomically distributed.
SYMPLA 160MM H-OFFSET
The SYMPLA 160mm Horizontal Offset component allows two sets of SYMPLA Rods to be joined off-centre. The most common use is connecting the SYMPLA padded shoulder mount on short Rods with a pair of long Rods holding a Variable Plate and Mattebox that need to be directly in front of the camera operator, so that the camera viewfinder or LCD screen can be more comfortably positioned and the weight of the camera and rig more ergonomically distributed.
SYMPLA Fig Rig
An ingenious idea from film director Mike Figgis, the Fig Rig is an alternative camera support for video, which uses the wider grip of a "steering wheel" to help stabilise handheld footage and allow unusual shooting angles – ground level or overhead – while also protecting the camera, which is centrally-mounted. The horizontal bar and wheel itself also offer space for other accessories. The SYMPLA version of the Fig Rig has a Universal Mount in the centre of the wheel so that SYMPLA rails can be fitted, allowing other components and kits such as the Long Lens Support or Flexible Mattebox to be attached.
SYMPLA FIG RIG
The SYMPLA version of the Fig Rig has a Universal Mount in the centre of the wheel so that SYMPLA rails can be fitted, allowing other components and kits such as the Long Lens Support or Flexible Mattebox to be attached.
SYMPLA Universal Mount
The Universal Mount has an "open hook" design, which allows it to be inserted and hung on the SYMPLA rails from below, even between other elements that have already been positioned. Because it's self-supporting even when unlocked, it stays safely attached to the rails at all times. A single, repositionable locking lever conveniently blocks the Universal Mount solidly against both rails with one movement. The Universal Mount is extremely versatile, thanks to its 4 x 3/8" female threads and 2 x ¼" female threads, which can be used to attach arms, adapters and other components and accessories.
SYMPLA UNIVERSAL MOUNT
The multi-purpose SYMPLA Universal Mount is a self-hanging clamp that slides along SYMPLA rails and locks in position with a single locking lever.
Construction: aluminium fusion for reliability and robustness
Weight: 0.29 kg (0.63 lbs)
OTHER SYMPLA COMPONENTS BUILT AROUND THE UNIVERSAL MOUNT
The camera body support and the lens support elements create a more stable, vibration-free platform for shooting. Filming with long telephoto lenses on HDSLR cameras or camcorders means using the lens L-bracket as the connection between camera and rig, which creates a less than ideal weight distribution and means that the slightest movement or touch of the camera or lens (such as pressing "Rec", or focusing the lens) produces visible camera shake and vibration that has to be edited or removed in post-production. The body and lens supports are vertically adjustable to rest firmly against the camera body and lens to damp and eliminate vibration, and to make your whole rig more stable and secure. Both supports are rubber-coated to protect camera equipment.
SYMPLA BODY SUPPORT
The SYMPLA body Support has a flat rubber-coated bar that can be raised until it rests solidly against the underside of your camera body in order to stop it from vibrating when the lens L-bracket is being used to connect the camera to SYMPLA. A repositionable ratchet locking lever blocks height adjustment.
Height range: 0 to 30 mm (1.18”) (for a greater height range, an additional SYMPLA V-Offset can be used)
SYMPLA LENS SUPPORT
The SYMPLA Lens Support has a rubber-coated V-profile element that can be raised until it rests solidly against the lens in order to stop it from vibrating when the lens L-bracket is being used to connect the camera to SYMPLA. A repositionable ratchet locking lever blocks height adjustment.
Height range: 0 to 30 mm (1.18“) (for a greater height range, an additional SYMPLA V-Offset can be used)
SYMPLA Remote Controls
These are the world's first true electronic HDSLR remote controls. By interfacing with camera and lens firmware directly, these two units promise real innovation in the field of HDSLR filming: they circumvent the need for any physical interface between follow-focus equipment and the camera lens, and instead wire directly into the camera body to use the internal focus control systems. The advantages are obvious: lenses can be swapped easily without extra hardware or adjustment, nothing jolts the camera unexpectedly during follow-focus, one-man camera operation is easier, and control at a distance is as simple as extending the cable between the camera and the remote.
By interfacing with the camera's protocols, not only focus control operation as in- and out- focus point pre-sets, one-touch auto-focus and focusing speed can be managed by the remote control unit... many other camera functions can also be operated, including record start and stop, photo/video switching and shutter release, live view, digital zoom, aperture and exposure, iSO settings and more besides, depending on the version.
There are two models of remote control: a basic, compact clamp version, and a deluxe joystick control with built-in LCD screen. Differences aside, both models are perfectly integrated into the SYMPLA system, fitting comfortably on (or in place of) an Adjustable Handle and allowing fingertip control of key camera functions without moving the hand from the grips, in turn making support more stable and secure. Both models are also future-proof, with USb connections to allow occasional firmware upgrades. The USB connection is also what plugs into the HDSLR camera body in order to command it.
HDSLR CLAMP-ON REMOTE CONTROL
By interfacing directly with camera protocol via USB, the clamp-on electronic remote allows focus operations and main camera functions to be controlled from an extremely compact unit that attaches to a SYMPLA grip or other bar/pipe, remotely and without direct contact with the camera lens. This means lenses can be swapped easily without adjustment, camera movement is reduced to a minimum, and one-man camera operation is easier. In-and out- focus points and focusing speed can be set, auto-focus used, recording started and stopped, still images taken, and more besides. Fingertip control of key camera functions without moving the hand from the SYMPLA handles makes support more stable and secure.
3-step, ultra-precise focus speed
Fixed or variable focus control modes
Customizable focus speed limit
Focus Memory settings
Live View control
Auto Focus control
Live View Digital Zoom control
Video recording start/stop
Photo shutter release
Remote control battery status
Customizable focus direction
Video and Photo LED
Clamp fits the spacer supplied with SYMPLA Adjustable Handles, or round tubes/pipes/bars/pan bars between 12mm (0.47") and 23mm (0.90") in diameter
HDSLR DELUXE REMOTE CONTROL
The Deluxe Remote Control is designed to be used as one of the hand grips of a SYMPLA shoulder support, where it means that a single camera operator can properly support the weight of the camera and rig to ensure smooth, accurate framing and movement, while also controlling all camera functions, without removing either hand from the rig. The Deluxe version can also be used hand-held and away from the camera and its support, it can be attached to video head pan bars or set up in any number of alternative configurations.it electronically controls focus and both main and advanced camera operations and settings. The LCD screen on Manfrotto's Deluxe version remote relays general information from the camera, such as battery charge level, white balance temperature and memory card status – especially useful if the camera's on-body screen is inaccessible.