Canoflex C300

Imagine a Canon C300 on an Arriflex 16SR3 exoskeleton. That’s what Tim Arasheben has created with his new Canoflex C300. Tim is an accomplished Camera Operator, having worked his way up from AC, and now is on the brink of something new with his innovative design and production of a practical, handholdable, accessory-friendly life-support system for Canon’s new C300 camera.

The Canoflex is a beautifully machined and anodized baseplate to which you bolt your C300. Balance is provided by the stackable batteries, mounted aft, running in parallel for continuous 5+ hours operation of your Preston MDR and lens motors, on-board monitor, viewfinder, Cine Tape, and 64 MB Compact Flash Card. An internal DC-DC converter provides stable 8.4 v for the camera and 12 v for the accessories.

Mil Spec BNC Connectors, 18-8 stainless steel 3/8-16 threads with 2-ton load capacity, rounded edges, smooth surfaces–something like this could only have been designed by a working camera crew member who uses this kind of equipment daily. Tim is currently lining up distributors–even though a product like this sells itself.

The Canoflex perfectly balances your C300 in handheld mode: it feels like a lighter, friendlier 16SR with smoother edges. In Studio Mode, it accepts all the standard baseplates, rods, brackets, monitors and supports.

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18 Responses:

  1. Christopher Bell:

    Brilliant… just add some Arri rosettes and it will be perfect.

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  3. AdamR:

    Looks cool, but where are the XLR inputs?

  4. Dale Robertson:

    Nice, but why don’t you just shoot film?

  5. Ryan Patrick O'Hara:

    Does this allow for support rods? Can’t find a single image of this with a MB or FF…

  6. Yes, threads for LWS rods on front or via BP 15mm / 19mm on bottom. See Canoflex website pictures.

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  8. Tim arasheben:

    The Canoflex typeC300 camera system has 3/8 16 threaded mini rod spacing and height built into the front of the Canoflex typeC300. This mini rod height and spacing is standard to configure with all existing mini rod accessories. There will be a picture of the front of Canoflex and the mini rod inserts, soon on Canoflex.com.

    TM Camera Solutions will offer standard rosette mounts that can be mounted anywhere on the Canoflex and will facilitate a wonderful handheld configuration.

    There are 4 standard arri 3-pin Fischer 12 volt outs on the Canoflex. There are cables available with 3-pin Fischer to 4-pin XLR connectors for power accessories, such as monitors.

    The Canoflex camera system is set-up to accept arri BP-9 / BP-8 / BP-5 baseplates. This gives you the exact height to utilize all standard follow focus units and matteboxes, such as FF-5 and MB-19, or any other standard aks items available. Canoflex.com will have more information by mid march.

  9. Jeff Kreines:

    It amazes me how few camera manufacturers (except those with film roots, like Aaton and Arri) pay any attention to handheld ergonomics. The proliferation of “cages” and hideous accessories to make badly-designed cameras somewhat usable is bizarre, since good handheld cameras have been around since the Leacock/Pennebaker/Bogdanowicz Auricons of the early ’60s.

    This seems like a good design, but, really, what was Canon thinking? Cinematographers should be burdened with SLR ergonomics? Cables that plug in near the eyepiece? Viewfinders that can’t be moved? Study a little history, and perhaps your cameras will not require aftermarket rigging.

    • Bradley Sellers:

      Amen Mr Kreines!

  10. T M Camera Solutions:

    The Canoflex typeC300 is rooted in the tradition, aesthetic, and general ergonomic design of “film” cameras. Made to mimic the feel and touch of the best manufactured film cameras of the last 30 years……… I.E. Arriflex 435 – Panavision millennium XL – Arricam LT – Aaton 35-3 / Prod – Movicam compact…..among others.

  11. William Graydon:

    This looks great! Could you make it work with the Red Scarlet?

    • t m camera solutions:

      T M CAMERA SOLUTIONS is currently designing a host of accessories and adapter plates to work in conjunction with the CANOFLEX product line. Please check website for updates in late March.

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  13. Elliot Porter:

    HOW IS AUDIO HANDLED?

    uh, is there included a special audio breakout cable to xlr’s which is required with the absence of the

    300 upper unit (whatever it is called), i.e. a cable to connect audio-in [lemo?] on the body of the C300 to a pair of xlr [f] cable connectors [a Y]?

  14. Jim Dollarhide:

    I wish you would make another version for the Scarlet. And move the BNC to the other side. Make it a little longer (for better balance) I would buy one today ! Of course we all want to see it with rods, matte box and follow focus.

  15. Guy Jackson:

    Just from looking at it, i just know it will feel like an SR II on the shoulder.

  16. Guy Jackson:

    Also if you can adapt the supplied canon handgrip with all the controls on it to where your hand grip is now you might have a winner.