Hello everybody! Today we are going to review the Raptor Rickshaw 3, alongside the accessory we’ve bought and added onto the Rickshaw.
Due to the versatility of the Raptor Rickshaw, you can attach some additional tubes and clamps to equip it with more stuff, for example, a screen, an audio recorder or a focus wheel. In a previous shoot, we replaced the black arm with a bazooka to get some really stable shots on a flat ground indoors. To use the bazooka, you will need a Mitchell to Elemack Adapter. This will also allow you to attach a jib onto the Rickshaw to get some really adventurous boom shots. Further, we wanted to try to add another arm onto the Rickshaw since we have the Alien Hydra, but we don’t have the rail mount for the Alien Predator. So that’s why we couldn’t try that out. In theory, you could get two shots at the same time with this Rickshaw. With a few extra tubes you could also add a light onto the Rickshaw so you have the Rickshaw fully equipped. The possibilities are endless here.
We tried the Rickshaw on three different surfaces; asphalt, gravel and grass. We used the regular wheels and the fat wheels on each surface. The first thing we’ve noticed is that whichever wheel you use, there’s no difference in stability. However, it will make a difference when you use the bazooka, depending on the surface. Vibrations are less noticeable with the fat wheels. The biggest difference between the wheels is the mobility of the Rickshaw. The main wheels were much easier to navigate compared to the fat wheels. For the most part, the main wheels will do the job unless you have a very uneven ground with large bumps, the fat wheels will be more suitable.
On the website of Customs Easy, they’ve posted some photos and videos of filmmakers using the Raptor Rickshaw 3 on different environments. For example, on the street, on rough surfaces, on ice rings, mounted on a bike or motorcycle. We did a commercial for Outdoor Chef where we used this exact setup inside a luxury home with a concrete floor. We made very slow, precise movements, which led to the shots coming out very steady. This really shows the adaptability of the Raptor Rickshaw on most environments.
Pros and Cons
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of the Raptor Rickshaw 3. One of the pros is that you have a large Cheese plate with a built in Mitchell mount on it. You can also use it for mounting other accessories onto. The Rickshaw is also very fast to set up. It has a big ten inch caster wheel with a built in lock in mechanism. In our tests with the Raptor Rickshaw 3, we experienced one minor con about it. Because the Rickshaw is so lightweight, you have to put a couple sandbags on it, otherwise you will get some micro vibrations on your truck.
So this will be all about the Raptor Rickshaw 3. If you have any suggestions or questions, please let us know.