Rollei Wild Cat II

Break free from the tri­pod and cap­ture smooth hand­held video footage with your Nikon

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£473, $786

Cam­era sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tems have be­come pop­u­lar with Nikon-us­ing film­mak­ers as they’re great for cap­tur­ing smooth hand­held video footage. The Wild Cat’s de­sign in­stantly draws at­ten­tion with its high-qual­ity car­bon fi­bre and an­odised alu­minium. The base fea­tures metal cylin­ders that counter the weight of the cam­era and there’s a gim­bal

han­dle mounted mid-way up the cen­tre col­umn to give you op­ti­mal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Setup is rel­a­tively straight­for­ward, but it’s the at­ten­tion to de­tail which im­presses most. We love the dual-pur­pose bal­ance weights that can also be un­folded, trans­form­ing the sta­biliser into a small tri­pod. These also un­screw to en­sure

com­pat­i­bil­ity with smaller Nikon D-SLRs. Shoot­ing with the Wild Cat cer­tainly im­proves video smooth­ness, but the lack of a thumb con­trol does make chang­ing di­rec­tion tricky.

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