Posted on Apr 12, 2012

My Simplis and rails block with 15mm rods has arrived!  It is the most versatile purchase I have ever made and will complete my dslr rig.  The base plate system or Simplis has a quick release ability to take any size plate you might currently have.  You can adjust it’s width by using an allen wrench to fit your specific plate.  My plate is the Giottos since it was cheaper back in the day to purchase their QR plate system instead of Bogen/manfrotto 501.  I can now say that Cinevate has made the most amazing device out there for any camera.  The Simplis quick release plate can release up instead of trying to slide your camera into a base unit while holding down a button and then trying to tighten it down when the tightening handle on your Giottos or Manfrotto QR base hits the bottom of your camera.  This is the most impressive part of Simplis and makes it worth every penny.  By just dropping down your camera onto the Simplis base it will snap closed onto your quick release plate and all you have to do is make sure it feels tight by pressing a little on the side release handle.

Now on to my entire setup.  I can now use my Cinevate Mattebox with the Simplis and rails block accessory I purchased with the Simplis unit.  And I can also use my follow focus with the Cinevate gears I have installed onto all of my lenses.  The gears are another story.  They are great because you don’t have to worry about zip ties running into your follow focus gear. They are a continuous circle around the entire lens and the spokes used to secure them have a nylon tip so not to scratch your precious lenses.  They even worked on my old school Canon FL 55mm 1.2 lens.  I attached them to my Asanuma 70-210, Rokinon 14mm, and my Sigma 35mm lens.  I have taken some photos of everything I am now using but the setup will and can change at any time because everything Cinevate makes like the Medusa and Simplis gives you so many options that you can’t possibly settle with just one……..until I find the perfect configuration that is.