Neat Sony Lanc Controller

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by David Ruether, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. I just discovered a tiny, inexpensive ($40) Sony RM-VD1 Lanc
    controller that can turn on/off the camera, start/stop recordings,
    and zoom (one speed only - it appears to be at the slowest rate,
    the most useful). It clips neatly onto the tripod control arm or onto
    a finger (this is a rather unusual but interesting way to use it...;-).
    See it at:
    (don't you hate excessively long URLs, too...!? ;-).
    David Ruether, Apr 21, 2004
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  2. David Ruether

    nappy Guest

    Yes.. the nice thing about lanc is that it provides power for the devices.
    No Batts! I have been thinking about building a lanc device myself.. but
    good ones are between $100 - $200 and I can't think of any features that I
    would add.. except an intervalometer type LANC controller..
    nappy, Apr 21, 2004
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  3. Curt Zimmerman, Apr 22, 2004
  4. Yes, but the tripod is useless for decent video movements.
    I once did the same to get the Sony Lanc controller, which
    I removed from the handle - then I gave away the useless
    terrible tripod...;-) For less money, and with some advantages
    (being very small, able to mount it almost anywhere, and
    able to simply "mash" the zoom rocker and get a consistent
    slow zoom), the RM-VD1 is remarkable. BTW, I also like
    the Canon Lanc controller since it has either a variable zoom
    rate on the rocker, or you can preselect a single speed of 5
    available and also just "mash" the rocker - though it looks
    like the one you pointed out above also can do this, making
    it a cheaper alternative...
    David Ruether, Apr 22, 2004
  5. David Ruether

    manitou910 Guest


    I've been wanting something like this for years for my old VX1000 (plus
    I may get a newer Sony mini-DV unit for casual shooting). The
    camera-remote's zoom is too fast and no matter how well you control the
    on-board rocker, because the camera is so light, releasing the rocker
    always causes the camera to jerk upwards at the end of a zoom.

    Just ordered one from a local dealer.

    Thanks very much for bringing this to attention.

    manitou910, Apr 22, 2004
  6. David Ruether

    Fishface Guest

    Fishface, Apr 27, 2004
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