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Cinematography Buyers Guide for HDSLR Users

Updated March 13, 2012

Part 3 - Mobile / Shoulder Supports

Part 1 of 4 - LCD Viewfinder Loupes
Part 2 of 4 - Follow Focus Units
Part 3 of 4 - Shoulder Rigs (x)
Part 4 of 4 - Steadicams / Stabilizers
Part 5 of 5 - Electronic Viewfinders
Part 6 of 6 - The Gear in my Bag

While the hybrid / video Digital SLR is creating quite a stir in the world of filmmaking due to the larger image sensors and ability to accept 35mm lenses without adapters, the photographer also becomes another beneficiary of this new technology. Since these cameras also shoot incredible stills, you may already have the right equipment in your bag to take your product offerings or even just slideshows to the next level.

Yes, the HDSLR (Hybrid-DSLR) has incredible video capabilities, but they are not designed to replace a camcorder for casual, everyday use. Due to inherent limitations with auto focus and zooming you probably would not want to record Johnny's soccer game with it - at least without knowing how to get around some of the limitations. While many people, including myself at times, have promoted this new ability as the new dawn of video, there are also many out there that knock the video abilities of these cameras, touting the poor or nonexistent AF capabilities, editing skills and tools needed to put the footage together, and the issues with the "rolling-shutter" effect that is caused by the CMOS sensor not being to redraw each frame as quickly as we can move the camera (results in vertical lines leaning right or left during a pan). Truthfully, both are true. These camera's are no more a replacement for the camcorder as a race car would be a replacement for an everyday sedan. However, these 'race cars' of video have incredible capabilities that far exceed even professional camcorders when it comes to controlling depth-of-field, shooting in low light, and resolution.

They key to successfully using an HDSLR to capture video is to understand its limitations and to learn how to get around them and the tools that are available to help you. In part 3 of this Cinematographers Buyer's Guide I cover the different stabilizers available to help you get professional quality results while staying mobile with your HDSLR. This page does not cover tripods as supports as we feel that most of our readers are already familiar with them. We may do an article in the future on the differences between heads for video vs. the heads for still photography.

Shoulder Rigs / Supports

Hand holding any type of video camera without proper support is almost always a recipe for disaster. If you thought watching shaky video on a 20" TV was bad, wait until you watch it in HD on a 50" screen. When using an HDSLR, a steady camera is even more important due to the 'rolling-shutter' effect mentioned earlier on this page. Vibrations and fast pan movements will cause vertical lines in your video to look like they're swaying back and forth or leaning in the opposite direction of your pan. Add that to the shakiness of the video in general and the results are terrible.

There is a growing industry centered around helping photographers and filmmakers use these new cameras to get more polished results. Enter the shoulder supports. Shoulder supports in their simplest form are just extensions that allow you to rest some of the weight of the camera on your shoulder. This helps to keep sway and vibration to a minimum, while still keeping you mobile. The more advanced shoulder rigs allow you to slide on other accessories as your needs grow and provide much more customization when it comes to positioning the camera exactly where you want it to be. There are also many new rigs hitting the market that use the front of your body as part of the support system, rather than using the shoulder. These tend to be a bit less cumbersome to use and also less expensive.

It is also important to keep in mind that while all of these rigs will be ideal for video use, not all will be ideal for hybrid use since shooting stills with the same camera typically will require totally different camera positioning.

Here are some of the more popular products on the market today listed in order of price. Since I personally have not used most of these I am using the manufacturer descriptions to help provide information.

JAG35 The News Runner ($199.99)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. The News Runner is the perfect solution for anyone needing a lightweight, on the go support rig. This run and gun rig has three points of contact by having one hand on our extended handle, the chest pad on your chest and your focusing hand on the lens. The entire rig is endlessly adjustable and can fit your unique needs. You have the option of having a fourth point of contact by adding one of our viewfinders to have a more stable and pleasant experience. You also have the option of either applying the camera directly through the 1/4- 20 tripod hole or you can go with a quick release option.

The News Runner is compatible with Zacuto's popular Gorilla Plate. The Gorilla Plate will attach to the bottom of your camera, the plate has a 15mm hole in the bottom that will allow you to attach the main rod to the News Runner. The rig can easily be freed from the Gorilla plate allowing you to quickly switch rigs or mount on a tripod in seconds.


JAG35 Street Runner ($249.99)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. Thanks to the Jag35 DSLR Stand and the 6-inch rods equipped with this lightweight rig. The Street Runner has the capability of allowing you to mount many accessories such as a follow focus, articulating and much more. It has three points of contact by having one hand on our handle, the chest pad on your chest and your focusing hand on the lens or Follow Focus. The entire rig is endlessly adjustable and can fit your unique needs. You have the option of having a fourth point of contact by adding one of our viewfinders to have a more stable and pleasant experience.

JAG35 The Field Runner ($279)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. "The Field Runner" is a smaller version of our full shoulder rig version, also a bit more affordable, as it includes less parts, and is definitely more compact. We had gotten requests to make a smaller more affordable rig, so this is the what came out of those requests.
  • Uses Industry standard 15mm rods 60mm appart
  • Includes a DSLR Baseplate
  • Two 6" Rods
  • One 12" Rod
  • Two Handles
  • One Shoulder Pad
  • One Straight Offset Railblock
  • Two single Rod Clamps
  • Get more information from JAG35.com

JAG35 - The Digi Runner Bundle ($309)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. The DigiRunner Bundle Pack consists of both Digi Finder and Field Runner at a very affordable price. For those who are not aware, the Digi Finder converts the display in your digital camera into a universal video viewfinder and thus creates optimum conditions for perfect picture-taking thanks to its numerous practical advantages. As for the Field Runner it is a more compact version of our Full Shoulder Rig version. It features Industry standard 15mm Rods, Dslr Stand, Shoulder Pad, Two Handles and Offset Rail Block. You also have the option to purchase it with a Top Handle and a raised or straight Offset Railblock.

JAG35 X Runner Bundle ($399.99)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. The X Runner Bundle Pack pack consists of both Monitor X and Field Runner at a very affordable price.

"The Field Runner" is a smaller version of our full shoulder rig version, also a bit more affordable, as it includes less parts, and is definitely more compact. We had gotten requests to make a smaller more affordable rig, so this is the what came out of those requests.

Monitor X is an LCD screen viewing Aid, a shade with magnification. It helps by isolating the image of your LCD screen from external light sources like the Sun when shooting outdoors.


JAG35 D|Runner Bundle ($449.97)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. The Field Runner has been our best selling Rig a while now. It originally came about because of clients needs and descriptions. Lot's of people were asking for a mid size rig, as opposed to a full counter balanced shoulder rig, and this is what came out of it. We even held a contest to come up with the name and based on the entries we received, everything voted THE FIELD RUNNER as the winner.

One of our other best selling products has been the D|Focus v3 follow focus unit. It's been hard to keep it in stock, ever since it's release. Dave Aldrich is the designer of it and continues to manage the team that builds the units, they've finally worked it out so that they can produce it a bit faster, so now we're happy to be able to offer it and ship it right away, no more waiting around for weeks before we ship. We have these in stock and will be able to ship them right away after you order it.


JAG35 The Austin Rig ($479.95)

Available from JAG35.com

The Austin Rig is a compact, full-featured, offset shoulder rig that excels for the shooter who uses the rear screen on the camera for monitoring and who operates the follow-focus themselves while shooting. The Austin Rig also features JAG35’s double-offset counter weight system that provides exceptional roll axis balance and stability.

JAG35 Full Shoulder Rig ($742.99)

Available from JAG35.com

2012. The Full Shoulder Rig is our top-of-the-line “offset" shoulder rig. The Full Shoulder Rig places the camera directly in front of the shooter’s face, features wide, sturdy handles for smooth operation, plus a comfortable shoulder-pad and counterweight. The dual shoulder-rails allow tons of room for mounting accessories and electronics. If you operate using your camera’s built-in monitor and want the Cadillac of rigs, this is it!

Express35 Rig X-B ($309.99)

Available from Express35 2012. This version of Rig X – B is built around our RS-4 rail system. Height and offset adjustable. Rail system removes with a twist of a knob. This system is meant to mount to Cowboy shoulder pad as a turn-key upgrade out of the box.

*Cowboy shoulder pad shown and Manfrotto 501 Tripod is NOT included. Shown for illustration purposes only.

Single handle version (shown)

  • Includes RS-4 rail system - 6, 8 or 10 inch rod length (6" rods shown)
  • Camera and Tripod mount (part of RS-4 rail system) with 1 knob quick release
  • Cowboy direct mounting plate with multiple 1/4-20 mounting points
  • Single or Dual handle options available (standard and XL long)
How is Rig X-B different form Rig X?

Rig X-B is a replacement for Rig X. it offers the same features as previous models with some added benefits. It is much more adjustable...height, offset, rotation. Also, it has a 1 knob detachment for the rail/tripod section when you go tripod (you can leave the shoulder pad attached too). In short, it is everything the the Rig X was...but better.


Express35 Trio Rig ($399.99)

Available from Express35 2012. The TRIO is a hybrid run n’ gun / shoulder rig in a compact package. The articulating contoured shoulder pad allows for a comfortable fit to the body.

The photos below show the most common ways of using the TRIO. Cameratown.com is quoted as saying that it is “like an extension of the camera".

*Not included: Camera, counterweight, lens, loupe, follow focus, lens gear. Show for illustration purposes o

  • Dual HD handles
  • 8" rail system
  • Camera mount
  • Tripod mount
  • Articulating shoulder pad
  • Counterweight assembly (OPTIONAL)
*NOTE: The counterweight assembly has changed to a lower cos,t more effective deisgn. Contact us for details until we update our photos.

Express35 Shoulder Rig | HD In-Line ($319.99)

Available from Express35 2012. The Shoulder Rig | HD is a full size rig. Without the offset, it is intended for use with an EVF or LCD monitor, the camera is in-line and close to your shoulder for better weight distribution, which means a more steady shot and more comfort. Has room for your follow focus, monitor, EVF, matte box & other accessories.

Adding the offset puts the camera right in front of your eye for use with a camera LCD viewfinder on the back of the camera. It also comes with a set of 8" rails.

*Camera, follow focus, LCD monitor, EVF, matte box. tripod mount, quick release and accessories are NOT included. Show for illustration purposes.

Features:

  • HD handle grips
  • DSLR camera mount
  • Contour shoulder pad
  • Counterweight - 4lb Stainless Steel (optional)
  • Camera offset (optional)
  • Made in USA


Express35 Shoulder Rig | EVENT ($319.99)

Available from Express35 2012. If you are an event shooter working long events, you know how challenging those days can be. Based on feedback from event shooters, we have configured the Shoulder Rig | Event to be compact, ergonomic and balanced. Th handles are longer and place your hands closer to your waist. Also, the shoulder pad is contoured for a comfortable fit. The counterweight is also placed low at the back/bottom of the shoulder pad.. The counterweight also extends and rotates for fine tuning the balance of your rig.

This rig comes in an In-Line (straight) rig with an Offset option. Offset version moves the camera over to put it in front of you with viewfinder. The In-Line (straight) rig is for use with an EVF or monitor.

The Dual handle version (shown) is available with a Counterweight (shown).

Camera, lens, follow focus, quick release, tripod mount (optional), carry handle and other accessories shown are NOT included. Show for illustration purposes.


CowboyStudio Shoulder Support for Lightweight Camcorders & DSLR's ($20.45)

Available from Amazon.com 2012. Despite it's low price, there are a lot of great reviews on this rig from DSLR shooters. It's not based on a rod system and won't allow you to easily mount add-on accessories such as microphones, monitors, lights, etc., but for $32 how can you go wrong. The rig grips your body allowing you to take your hands off the rig while maintaining it's ready-to-shoot position. No other shoulder rig on this page will do that. Here's the official information:

This lightweight Video Support to eliminate camera shake while recording at an affordable price. Great tool for steady professional recordings. The support can afford at max 6.00kg weight. Even when filming while walking you can see the difference. Easy to handle and lightweight. This hot item is an absolute must for anyone serious about getting the perfect shot, time after time. This shoulder pad is an excellent item that helps you smoothly, accurately and effortlessly through your shots. Steady and avoid vibration, cut down the burden of arm, can lay down the both hands, attached multi-fixed-shelf for DV, can select the fixed place according to the shape of DV, avoid put down inadvertent with safe fastener.

Review: Cowboy Studio Shoulder Rig Part II from Rod Guajardo


Cavision RS1580D-SPE Shoulder Pad System Package w/Dual Handgrips ($194.95)

Model: RS1580D-SPE
Available from B&H Photo 2012. The Cavision RS1580D-SPE is a dual handle shoulder pad system designed to provide additional support and stability when shooting with camcorders and DSLRs. The system is comprised of an ergonomic shoulder mount, rods, and two handgrips. This unit is lightweight, comfortable and functional.
  • Constructed primarily out of ABS material to reduce weight
  • Both handgrips offer swivel adjustment
  • Compatible with 15mm diameter rods
  • Glass fiber rods and aluminum camera plate for extra strength
  • Adjustable to fit different shoulder widths
  • Rods connector adjustable for personalized configuration
  • Universally designed for use with additional accessories such as Cavision matte boxes, follow focus, camera plates, adapters and extensions
In the box: Shoulder Pad, Shoulder pad rods connector with dual tilt function. 15mm diameter, 30cm long glass fiber rods, Rods system plate for mounting camera, Handgrips with mounting bracket, 1-Year Warranty

Cavision Single Handgrip Viewfinder Package for Video DSLR ($199.95)

Model: MH3Q-SH
Available from B&H Photo

2012. The Cavision Single Handgrip Viewfinder Package is designed for handheld shooting with video DSLR cameras with 3" LCD screens. The handgrip allows the operator to wrangle a small video DSLR rig with mobility, leaving one hand free for zooming, focusing, or other tasks.

The viewfinder connector is designed to align with the 3" LCD screen of the Canon 5D Mk II. Some DSLRs may align with the connector with horizontal and/or back-and-forth adjustment; others, such as the Canon 7D, T2i, and D550, require an additional spacer plate (Cavision part RPC4566).

The LCD viewfinder is a 6x magnification device with a single glass element and a rubber eye-cup. It enhances the operator's control over critical focus and accurate framing. The viewfinder swings away from the LCD screen quickly through the use of the swing-connection piece that attaches to the baseplate. The baseplate, which features both a male 1/4" 20 screw and a female 1/4" thread, connects to your DSLR and, optionally, to a tripod.

The handgrip also attaches to the baseplate. Its tilt is fully adjustable.


Cavision Dual Handgrip Viewfinder Package for Video DSLR ($269.95)

Model: MH3Q-DH
Available from Buy from B&H Photo & Save

2012. The Cavision Dual Handgrip Viewfinder Package is designed for handheld shooting with video DSLR cameras with 3" LCD screens. The dual handgrips, spaced 4.7 in (12 cm) apart, allow the operator to wrangle a small video DSLR rig with mobility and stability.

The viewfinder connector is designed to align with the 3" LCD screen of the Canon 5D Mk II. Some DSLRs may align with the connector with horizontal and/or back-and-forth adjustment; others, such as the Canon 7D, T2i, and D550, require an additional spacer plate (Cavision part RPC4566).

The LCD viewfinder is a 6x magnification device with a single glass element and a rubber eye-cup. It enhances the operator's control over critical focus and accurate framing. The viewfinder swings away from LCD screen quickly through the use of the swing-connection piece that attaches to the baseplate. The baseplate, which features both a male 1/4" 20 screw and a female 1/4" thread, connects to your DSLR and, optionally, to a tripod.

The two handgrips also attach to the baseplate. Their tilt is fully adjustable via thumbscrews.

This kit includes: MHE52 Monitor Hood/Viewfinder, MHE52C-SA-R Quick-Release Swing Connection Piece, MHE52-R3 Rubber Adapter for 3" LCD, Dual Handgrips w/ Connector, RPMD90 Mini DV Plate, 3 Month Warranty for Professional/Industrial/Rental Use or 6 Month Warranty for Personal Use.


Cavision Standard Shoulder Pad Package w/ Viewfinder for DSLR Cameras ($499.95)

Model: MH3Q-RSD
Available from B&H Photo

2012. The Cavision Standard Shoulder Pad Package w/ Viewfinder allows you to use your Canon 5D Mk II or other video-enabled DSLR in a manner that approximates the shoulder-mounted style of traditional videography. Shoulder-mounted operation will increase your endurance and reduces the jitter of your shooting, for smooth operation over long days on set or on location. The addition of the viewfinder allows finer control over critical focus and scene framing.

The included Cavision MHE52 Viewfinder magnifies the LCD image by 6x, employing a single glass element and a comfortable rubber eyecup. The eyepiece is a similar size to those found on high-end digital-cinema cameras such as the Sony F900. The combination of the quick-release plate and the swing-away viewfinder connector piece allows you to remove the camera from the rig easily, enabling a quick switch from shoulder-mounted to handheld shooting.

Two pistol-style handgrips attach to the front of the 12 in (30 cm) standard 15mm rods. Because the Standard Shoulder Pad Package puts your camera on rods, it's easy to expand the system if you want to add, for instance, a follow-focus device or a matte box.

Includes:MHE52 Monitor Hood/Viewfinder, MHE52C-SA-R Quick-Release Swing Connection Piece w/ Rods Connection Bracket, MHE52-R3 Rubber Adapter for 3" LCD, 2 x 12 in (30 cm) 15mm Mini-DV rods, Quick-Release Camera Plate/Bracket, RS15SP-2 Shoulder Pad, Dual Handgrips for 15mm Rods, 3 Month Warranty for Professional/Industrial/Rental Use or 6 Month Warranty for Personal Use


Cavision Shoulder Pad Package with Follow Focus for 7D & T2i, T3i ($782.50)

Model: MH3Q-RSD-F-L
Available from B&H Photo

2012. The Cavision Shoulder Pad Package with Follow Focus for 7D & T2i allows you to transform your DSLR camera into a professional HD camcorder. Included in this package is the MHE3-6X LCD Viewfinder, RS15IIMQ-R Mini-DV Rods Support with quick release mechanism, 11.8" (30cm) long Standard 15mm Rods, RS15SP-2 Shoulder Pad, RHD1560 Dual Handgrips, and a RFD15B Basic Mini Follow Focus.

You can use accessories such as matte boxes or secondary follow focus with the camera for zoom control purposes via standard 15mm aluminum (Length - 11.8" / 30cm) rods. A quick release swing connection piece enables quick attachment and release of cameras with viewfinders from the Mini-DV rod support system.

A shoulder support system composed of Dual Handgrips and a Shoulder Pad, provides augmented camera stability and reduced system jitter. Precise focus achievement is allowed via the RFD15B Basic Mini Follow Focus.

This kit includes: LCD Viewfinder for DSLR (MHE3-6X). RSP-ABC Connection Piece for Accessory Box, RS-15IIMQR Rod Support System Reversed, RS15SP-2 Shoulder Pad, Dual Handgrips for 15mm Rods, RFD15BF Basic Mini Single Wheel Follow Focus for Fujinon Lens, 3-month Warranty for Commercial Use, 6-month Warranty for Commercial Use.


Cavision Shoulder Mount 5D Mark II / Mark III Lighting & Remote Kit 2 ($788.50)

Model: CARS5DM2SABK
Available from B&H Photo

2012. The B&H Shoulder Mount 5D MkII Lighting & Remote Kit 2 sets up your Canon 5D Mark II (or other Canon DSLR) for stable handheld videography. Built around a Cavision Shoulder Mount Viewfinder Package designed for a 5D MkII outfitted with a battery grip or XLR adapter, this kit provides a large LCD viewfinder for more precise focus; a DSLR remote for efficient, vibration-free powering on and off; and a dimmable LED on-camera light with universal swivel adapter for directional illumination when and where you need it.

This kit also works with Canon DSLRs such as the 7D, T2i/550D, T3i, and 60D.

This kit includes: Shoulder Pad Package w/ Flat Camera Plate & Viewfinder for DSLR Cameras, Switronix - FLEX DSLR Remote, Switronix - Dimmable 5600K LED Light Fixture - 50 Watts, Bescor - SA-1 Universal Swivel Shoe Adapter.


Cinevate

Simplis Solo DSLR Support Rig ($299.98)

Model: SIMP0000
Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Cinevate Simplis Solo DSLR Support Rig is a customizable rig that comes with a Simplis Quick Release Plate, Articulating 1/4-20 Hand Grip, Shoulder Stock, and 3 Shoulder Stock Rods.

The quick release plate allows you to quickly release the rig from the camera. An articulating 1/4-20 Hand Grip allows you to comfortably hold the camera, and ensures stable and efficient shooting. To obtain high-quality images, you can balance the camera on a shoulder stock. The shoulder stock is mounted on the camera using 3 shoulder stock rods.

Kit Includes: Simplis Quick Release Plate, Articulating 1/4-20 Hand Grip, Shoulder Stock, 3 Shoulder Stock Rods, 1 - year Warranty


Cinevate Simplis Pro DSLR Support Rig Kit ($824.98)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Cinevate Simplis Pro DSLR Support Rig Kit consists of an articulating Shoulder Stock, articulating shoulder stock rod, 2 articulating 1/4-20 hand grips, Cyclops Viewfinder, Cyclops Articulating Mount and Simplis Quick Release Plate.

With an articulating shoulder stock and an articulating shoulder stock rod (available in 3 lengths - 3, 5, & 7" / 7.6, 12.7 & 17.8 cm), you can support the camera against your shoulder. The 2 articulating 1/4-20 Hand Grips ensure stable efficient shooting.

Offering +5 power magnification, the Cyclops Viewfinder ensures high-quality zoom when attached to the front of a camera via 72mm threads. Equipped with 3 axes, the viewfinder can accommodate large cameras such as Nikon D3s and Canon 1D MkIV. With a large size (8 x 5.5 x 3" / 20.3 x 14 x 7.6 cm), the viewfinder enables you to use both your eyes for focusing the lenses up to a distance of 36" / 91.4cm.

In addition, it allows you to adjust the focus without removing your eyeglasses. The riser enables you to elevate the viewfinder while using cameras with low LCD screens such as Canon 7D and T2i. You can mount the viewfinder onto an HDSLR camera with a flip-out LCD using the Cyclops Articulating Mount.

This kit includes: Simplis Quick Release Plate, Articulating 1/4-20 Hand Grip (qty 2), Articulating Shoulder Stock, Articulating Shoulder Stock Rod (3 lengths of rod - 3", 5", 7"/ 7.6, 12.7, & 17.8 cm), Cyclops Articulating Mount (1/4-20 mount), Cyclops Viewfinder, Lifetime Warranty.


Cinevate Digital SLR Rig ($949.95)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. Cinevate's DSLR Rig was designed in response to the growing need for shoulder and rail support by filmmakers shooting video on still cameras. By configuring the Proteus Rail System for cameras such as the Canon 5D MkII, Canon 7D, and Nikon D3S, Cinevate gives today's DSLR filmmaker a perfect blend of support, functionality, and customization. The Monstor grip handles and 15mm carbon fiber rods combine with an adjustable shoulder pad to form a sturdy, lightweight rig that allows for comfortable, all-day shooting.

Fully configurable to each shooter's needs, the DSLR Rig can be outfitted with a wide range of professional accessories, from the Durus Follow Focus and Matte Box to the Proteus Cage. And if you need to shoot with something besides a DSLR, no problem: the DSLR rig will support video camcorders, too.

The base plate ejects straight up and offers a multitude of configurations, none of which protrudes below the rails. Height, XY adjustment, rake angle and placement of the rails blocks are all variable. The base plate is also the basis of our shoulder support system.

This kit includes: Base Plate, Shoulder Pad, Offset Kit, 2 x 15mm Carbon Fiber Rails (30cm Long), 2 x Grip Handles, 1 Year Warranty.


Cinevate Inc Support Rig for Canon XF300 / 305 ($2689.98)

Model: CIHDCAM000001
Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Cinevate Support Rig for Canon XF300 / 305 is a customized support system for the high-definition XF300 and XF305 cameras. The support rig includes the Durus Follow Focus, Titan Matte Box, Proteus Shorty Rails System (15mm Solid Carbon, (2R, B) 30cm), Shoulder Mount with Counterbalance, and the Uno Grip. In addition to adjustment for every axis, the rig features adjustable counterbalance to ensure convenient and stable movie recording.

The Durus Follow Focus has sealed internal gear set and bearing assembly to ensure effortless control over focusing with near-zero lash. Computer-machined from 3 aluminum billets, the sturdy follow focus system uses plastic only for the dry-erase focus ring and interchangeable (.8 film pitch) drive gear. The Titan matte box features a CNC machined aluminum frame with carbon fibre uprights, and is strong enough to be used as a handle for a 40lb (18.1 kg) rig. You can adjust the frame's height.

The Proteus Shorty Rails System consists of 2 solid carbon fiber rails and the Simplis Quick Release system to mount the XF300 / XF305 cameras. To counterbalance the weight of the mounted camera, the Shoulder Mount's offset kit allows you to center the camera and adjust height for optimal camera positioning. You can mount and configure the Uno Grip almost anywhere on your rig. With a single flick of a Kip handle, you can adjust the grip in any direction, and angle.

This kit includes: Durus Follow Focus w/15mm Clamp, Titan Swing Away Mattebox, Simplis Rails System - 30cm, 15mm, CIDSLR000031 DSLR Shoulder Mount with Offset Kit, Uno Grip, Lifetime Warranty.


Cinevate DSLR Core Package ($2,697.66)

Model: CIDAVERIG000
Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Cinevate Inc DSLR Core Package includes the Durus Follow Focus, the Titan Swing Away matte box, the Proteus "Shorty" rails system with two 11.8" (30cm) 15mm wide solid carbon rails, 3 follow focus gear rings, 3 gear spoke kits, and a tripod base plate.

With three 0.8 pitch gears, dry-erase focus ring, and 1:1 gear ratio, the Durus Follow Focus offers precise focusing of lenses. The focus marking ring, attached magnetically, allows multi-angle viewing of images. In addition to an adjustable focusing head, it also has a sealed internal gear set and bearing assembly that ensures seamless movement and zero lash. Computer-machined from 3 aluminum billets, the unit is mountable in any direction and at any height.

The Titan Swing Away matte box consists of 2 rotating 4 x 4 frames, 3 shoe mounts, top & side flags, and mounting points for 15mm rail blocks. Made with a CNC machined aluminum frame, the unit has a maximum load-bearing capacity of 40 lb. By attaching extra rails over the top of the rig, you can create a height-adjustable cage for the camera. To avoid any unauthorized access to the camera, the kit is equipped with a safety locking feature.

The Proteus "Shorty" rails system includes a height-adjustable base plate and two 11.8" (30cm) carbon fiber 15mm rails. The base plate is devoid of any shims and protrusions, and offers perfect balance to any tripod head.


Cinevate DSLR Deluxe Package ($3,327.08)

Model: CINABDSLRKIT1
Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Cinevate Inc DSLR Core Package includes the Durus Follow Focus, the Titan Swing Away matte box, the Proteus "Shorty" rails system with two 11.8" (30cm) 15mm wide solid carbon rails, 3 follow focus gear rings, 3 gear spoke kits, and a tripod base plate.

With three 0.8 pitch gears, dry-erase focus ring, and 1:1 gear ratio, the Durus Follow Focus offers precise focusing of lenses. The focus marking ring, attached magnetically, allows multi-angle viewing of images. In addition to an adjustable focusing head, it also has a sealed internal gear set and bearing assembly that ensures seamless movement and zero lash. Computer-machined from 3 aluminum billets, the unit is mountable in any direction and at any height.

The Titan Swing Away matte box consists of 2 rotating 4 x 4 frames, 3 shoe mounts, top & side flags, and mounting points for 15mm rail blocks. Made with a CNC machined aluminum frame, the unit has a maximum load-bearing capacity of 40 lb. By attaching extra rails over the top of the rig, you can create a height-adjustable cage for the camera. To avoid any unauthorized access to the camera, the kit is equipped with a safety locking feature.

The Proteus "Shorty" rails system includes a height-adjustable base plate and two 11.8" (30cm) carbon fiber 15mm rails. The base plate is devoid of any shims and protrusions, and offers perfect balance to any tripod head.

Kit includes: Durus Follow Focus, Proteus Cage, Quick-Release Base Plate, Proteus 15mm Shorty Rails System, Quick Adjust Shoulder Pad with Off-set Kit, Titan Matte Box, 2 Articulating Grips, Follow Focus Gear Ring, Focus Gear Spokes, 5 Matte Box Lens Donuts, Durus Speed Crank, 1 - Year Warranty.


Zacuto Recoil and EVF Pro Bundle ($2,025)

Mode: Z-CRL-EVF
Buy from B&H Photo 2012. The Recoil is the ultimate balanced rig for the C300, Scarlet and Epic Cameras. With the Recoil concept, the camera sits directly on your shoulder like a typical ENG Camera. The Recoil is super light and stripped down (if you are looking for something even more stripped down, check out the Recoil Lite). The Recoil starts with our light Gorilla Baseplate. It attaches to the camera with 3/8" 16 and ¼" 20 screws*. The Gorilla Baseplate features 15mm diameter, 60mm spaced threaded rod holes in the front of the base plate that allow users to mount a follow focus, lens support or other accessories in front of the camera. The Gorilla Baseplate is not compatible for matte box use unless you have a height adjustable matte box**.

Unique to the Recoil is the use of the Zacuto Q-Release and Shoulder Pad. The Q-release allows you to mount the shoulder pad directly underneath the camera and be able to quickly release the shoulder pad from the rig by flipping two levers. This gives you two things: the ability to quickly attach the rig to a tripod and vice versa, and the ability to have the camera sit directly on your shoulder eliminating the front heaviness. Coming off the front of the Recoil is our dual handgrip system, the Zgrips V3.


Zacuto Target Shooter ($475)

Model: Z-DTS
Also Available: C300 Target Shooter ($510)

Zacuto Target Shooter Product Page

2012. The Target Shooter is Zacuto's lightest kit. It has three points of contact by having both hands on the camera and the gunstock in your chest. The entire kit is infinitely adjustable. You can add a fourth point of contact by adding one of our Z-Finders to the kit.

The Gorilla Plate, included with the Target Shooter, attaches to the bottom of your camera using the standard tripod screw hole. The Gorilla plate has a 15mm hole in the bottom which allows you to attach the main rod for the Target Shooter. The rig can be freed from the Gorilla plate by flipping the red lever. A tripod plate can be installed on the Gorilla plate for quickly moving from handheld to tripod.


Zacuto Slingshot ($674.50)

Model: Z-DSS
Zacuto Target Shooter Product Page

2012. The Slingshot is an ultralightweight DSLR stabilization rig. The rig utlizes our Gorilla Plate, EVF Gorilla Plate Bracket, and a fully articulating handle with glove for maximum comfort. The Slingshot allows you to use your EVF in a fast and lightweight way while providing you with stability. Compact, fast and fully adjustable, the Slingshot is perfect for gorilla shooters of all kind, especially those shooting sports, fashion and weddings.

EVF is required for this kit. It is not included.

Kit includes: Gorilla Plate, EVF Gorilla Plate Bracket, Z-Mount Zwivel, Zgrip, Zoupler Female, Zgrip Glove


Zacuto Striker ($855)

Model: Z-DSLR
Also Available: C300 Striker ($975)

Zacuto Striker Product Page

2012. The Striker is light and easy to handle. It has three points of contact by having one hand on the handgrip, the gunstock in your chest and your focusing hand on the lens. The entire kit is infinitely adjustable and now made with all black rods! You can add a fourth point of contact by adding one of our Z-Finders to the kit.

The Zacuto Gorilla plate attaches to the bottom of your camera using the standard tripod screw hole. The Gorilla plate has a 15mm hole in the bottom which allows you to attach the main rod for the Striker rig. The rig can be freed from the Gorilla plate by flipping the red lever. A tripod plate can be installed on the Gorilla plate for quickly moving from handheld to tripod.


Zacuto Bolt Action ($1,610.25)

Model: Z-DBA
Zacuto Bolt Action Product Page

2012. The Bolt Action is our simplest in-line dual handgrip shoulder mounted system for DSLRs. It utilizes our height-adjustable DSLR Baseplate with a set of 3.5" rods which allows you to mount any DSLR with or without battery grips. Your tripod plate can attach directly to the bottom of the DSLR Baseplate using the standard tripod screws, (2) ¼ 20" and (1) 3/8 16". Turning the red knob on the baseplate allows you to quick release your camera right off of the rig. Our dual handgrip system, the Zgrips V3, makes your long shooting days a breeze. For even more added comfort for your hands, check out our Zgrip Gloves below. The shoulder pad and counterbalance weight make this rig balanced with less front heaviness and arm fatigue. You can use the Bolt Action on your right or left shoulder.

This rig is ideal for use with one of our EVFs since it is already in-line with your shoulder. Adding the Z-Finder EVF Pro with our EVF Standard Mount will put the EVF in perfect position with your eye. If you want to add a follow focus or matte box, all you need is a set of rod extensions. See our related products below for additional accessories you can add on to your Bolt Action!

Kit Includes: DSLR Baseplate with 3.5" M/F Rods, Zgrips V3, Shoulder Pad with 7" Rods, Set of 3.5" M/F Rods, Z-Lite Double


Zacuto Fast Draw ($1472.50)

Model: Z-DFD
Zacuto Fast Draw Product Page

2012. The Fast Draw is a shoulder mounted handheld system that uses our DSLR baseplate. This kit works on any DSLR camera with or without battery grips as it is infinitely adjustable in height. The baseplate attaches to your tripod plate using the standard tripod plate screws, (2) ¼ 20" and (1) 3/8 16". Your camera can also be quickly released from the rig by turning the red knob then pulling up on your camera. The camera quick release plate stays mounted to your camera so you can quickly switch between using the camera as part of a rig or on its own. You can easily add the optional Z-Finder Pro by attaching the Z-Finder Mounting Frame (included with the Z-Finder Pro) to the camera quick release plate using two thumb screws.

The Fast Draw uses our shoulder pad and 7lb. counter balance weight so you have a fully balanced rig. A fully balanced rig lessens fatigue as you will not be fighting the front heaviness of the rig. The rig can be configured for use on the left or right shoulder. It uses a single handgrip with the Z-mount Zwivel which allows you to change the vertical angle of handgrip. The handgrip can also be used on the right or left side independent of the shoulder pad position. The handgrip uses a ball joint so you can rotate the handgrip 180 degrees for user comfort.

As with all Zacuto gear, you can quickly release the shoulder mounted components and use the rig on a tripod. With this kit, you have the core to add a follow focus and/or matte box; additional rods are necessary.

Kit Includes: DSLR Baseplate, 4.5 M/F Rod, 4.5 F/F Rod, Zgrip Z-mount Zwivel, Z-mount, 12" rods, Minimount, Shoulder pad, Z-lite Double.


Zacuto C300 Stinger ($1550.50)

Model: Z-CSTG
Zacuto C300 Stinger Product Page

2012. The EOS C300 Stinger rig is an in-line system best used on long shooting days. It is a balanced shoulder mounted rig. It features our C300 Studio Baseplate which attaches to the camera with 3/8" 16 and ¼" 20 screws*.

This rig can be used on your left or right shoulder. With the shoulder pad and counterbalance weight coming directly off of the back of the baseplate, the rig is perfectly in-line and ready to be used with one of our EVFs for traditional ENG style shooting. You can mount your EVF to the side of the rig using our EVF Standard Mount Kit. You can also use the flip out screen on the Canon EOS C300 camera when it is mounted on top of the handle and tipped down.


Zacuto Cross Fire ($2,256.25)

Model: Z-DCF
Zacuto Cross Fire Product Page

2012. The Cross Fire is a unique kit as it is the Single Action kit and Striker kit combined. The Cross Fire uses the expandable DSLR baseplate so this kit can easily be upgraded from a simple point of contact kit like the Striker Kit to a full shoulder mounted system like the Fast Draw. This kit works on any DSLR camera with or without battery grips as it is infinitely adjustable in height. The baseplate attaches to your tripod plate using the standard tripod plate screws, (2) 1/4-20" and (1) 3/8-16". Your camera can also be quickly released from the rig by turning the red knob then pulling up on your camera. The camera quick release plate stays mounted to your camera so you can quickly switch between using the camera as part of a rig or on its own. You can easily add the optional Z-Finder Pro, DSLR optical viewfinder, by attaching the Z-Finder Mounting Frame (included with the Z-Finder Pro) to the camera quick release plate using two thumb screws.

The .8 pitch Zipgear Universal fits one lens by cutting the strand to fit your lens and connecting the strand together by using the included housing and allen key. The follow focus slides on to the rods and the follow focus gear makes contact with the Zipgear allowing you to pull focus. If you require the use of other lenses with the follow focus, you must purchase additional ZipGears for each lens

Kit Includes: Zgrip Z-Mount Zwivel, DSLR Baseplate, (1) 4.5" F/F Rod, (1) 4.5" M/F Rod, Z-Focus, Zipgear Universal, Z-Mount II, Gunstock with 6.5" rod.


Zacuto Double Barrel ($3,857)

Model: Z-DDB
Zacuto Double Barrel Product Page

2012. The Double Barrel is a shoulder mounted dual handheld system that uses our DSLR baseplate. This kit works on any DSLR camera with or without battery grips as it is infinitely adjustable in height. The baseplate attaches to your tripod plate using the standard tripod plate screws; (2) ¼ 20" and (1) 3/8 16". Your camera can also be quickly released from the rig by turning the red knob then pulling up on your camera. The camera quick release plate stays mounted to your camera so you can quickly switch between using the camera as part of a rig or on its own.

The Double Barrel uses our shoulder pad and 7lb. counter balance weight so you have a fully balanced rig. A fully balanced rig lessens fatigue as you will not be fighting the front heaviness of the rig. The rig can be configured for use on the left or right shoulder. This rig differs from the Fast Draw as it includes our dual handgrip system, our DSLR handle for shooting in low mode and our Z-Finder Pro 2.5x. The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x mounting frame attaches to the camera quick release plate using two thumb screws. The mounting frame does not attach to your LCD; it has a rubber back and simply sets or hovers over your LCD screen. This method allows you to quickly remove the Z-Finder by snapping it off the frame. If you want to remove the entire mounting frame, you can do so by loosening the thumb screws and pulling up on the metal mounting frame to release it.

The Double Barrel also includes our follow focus unit. The .8 pitch Zipgear Universal fits one lens by cutting the strand to fit your lens and connecting the strand together by using the included housing and allen key. The follow focus slides on the rods and the follow focus gear makes contact with the Zipgear allowing you to pull focus. If you require the use of other lenses with the follow focus, you must purchase additional ZipGears for each lens. The Double Barrel includes a set of 4 Zipgears.

As with all Zacuto gear, you can quickly release the shoulder mounted components and use the rig on a tripod.

Kit Includes: DSLR Baseplate, Zgrips V3, Z-mount, Pair of 12" rods, Minimount, Shoulder pad, Z-Lite double, DSLR Handle , Z-Finder Pro 2.5x, Z-Focus, Zipgear prime lens kit, (4)3.5" M/F Rods, (2)4.5" F/F Rods


Redrock Micro nano - Grippit ($107.50)

Model: 19-001-0001
Available from B&H Photo 2012. The Redrock Micro nano – Grippit is a camera rig that allows you to capture stable videos with small cameras featuring ¼" screw. Equipped with a sturdy rubberized microHandGrip and nano DSLR baseplate, the unit allows you to capture videos at different angles such as high-angle shots. In addition, the grip allows you to keep your hands off the camera for stable shooting from uncomfortable positions

Redrock Micro nano - Low Down ($244.00)

Available from B&H Photo 2012. Redrock Micro's nano - Low Down is the perfect accessory for shooting video from low angles with your DSLR. The rubber-gripped microHandle attaches to your camera's shoe mount and provides a firm, secure grip for positioning your camera below waist-level for more dramatic handheld and tracking shots. An articulating microArm is also included, providing an adjustable mount for a small monitor (sold separately). With its modular design, the Low Down can be combined with other Redrock rigs for even more shooting options.

This kit includes: microHandle Plus, Shoe Mount Accessory, microArm (Short, Black), 1 Year Warranty



Redrock nano Stealth ($387.50)

Available from B&H Photo 2012. The Redrock Micro nano - Stealth brings stability and support to your DSLR handheld video. Attaching to the bottom of the camera via the included baseplate, the rig's adjustable body pad extends against the chest to provide a comfortable foundation for your camera. At the same time, the Stealth keeps both hands free to operate and guide your camera and lens, taking the weight off your arms and eliminating shakiness from your video.

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, microMount (No Stub), microBrace Body Pad, 4" Grip Rod Assembly, 1 Year Warranty



Redrock Micro nano Stealth Grip ($432.50)

Model: 19-001-0003
Available from B&H Photo 2012. The Redrock Micro nano - Stealth Grip is an extremely compact DSLR support rig that brings stability to your handheld video and photos. Attaching to the bottom of the camera via the included baseplate, the Stealth Grip's adjustable body pad extends against your chest while a rubberized handgrip lets you support the camera from below. Perfect for on-the-go, eye-level shooting, this lightweight rig helps keep images stable and arms from getting tired.

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, microMount, microHandGrip, Body Pad, 8" 15mm Rod Clamp Assembly, 1 Year Warranty



Redrock Micro nano Stealth V ($608)

Model: 19-001-0005
Available from B&H Photo 2012. The Redrock Micro nano - Stealth V (pronounced "vee") is a compact DSLR support rig that utilizes an extended handgrip to bring stability and maneuverability to handheld video and photos. Attaching to the bottom of the camera via an included baseplate, the Stealth V's adjustable body pad extends against your chest while the rubberized handgrip lets you support the camera from below. Perfect for on-the-go, eye-level shooting, this lightweight rig helps keep images stable and arms relaxed.

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, microMount (w/out Stub), 2 x 4" Grip Rods, 8" Grip Rod, microHandGrip, microBrace Body Pad, 4" Carbon Fiber Rod, 1 Year Warranty.



Redrock nano Stealth Grip ($432.50)

Available from B&H Photo 2012. The nano Stealth Grip rig is an ultra compact rig for eye-level shooting and maximum support with a minimal amount of gear. This rig can be used for both still and motion photography. This kit includes:
  • Nano DSLR Baseplate
  • microMount (no stub)
  • microHandGrip
  • Body Pad
  • 8" 15mm Rod Clamp Assembly


Redrock nano RunningMan ($467.00)

Model: 19-001-0009 Available from B&H Photo 2012. Redrock Micro's nano - RunningMan combines stability and size for the ideal run-and-gun DSLR support rig. By allowing 3 points of contact between yourself and the camera--handgrip, body pad, and camera grip--the RunningMan provides a compact, lightweight solution for achieving stable handheld video. With the addition of an optional microFinder, you can add a fourth point of contact for an even sturdier shooting alternative.

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, 4" Rod Clamp, 8" Rod Clamp, microMount w/out Stub, microBrace Body Pad, microHandGrip, 1 Year Warranty


Redrock Micro Ultraport DSLR Bundle ($470.50)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Ultraport DSLR Bundle from Redrock Micro is a bundled kit designed to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig. This model features a two-grip configuration that minimizes rotation while you shoot. The system makes it easy to remove the camera from the rods with the DSLR baseplate's quick-release system. Choose to shoot with just the camera or shoot handheld with grips. The system can be further customized with a number of separately available accessories.
  • Use this bundled kit to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig
  • This model features a two-grip configuration that minimizes rotation while you shoot
  • Remove the camera from the rods with the DSLR baseplate's quick-release system
  • Shoot with just the camera or shoot handheld with grips
  • The system can be further customized with a number of separately available accessories

Redrock Micro theEvent DSLR 2.0 Hybrid Rig ($794.50)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The theEvent DSLR 2.0 Hybrid Rig from Redrock Micro is a bundled kit designed to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig. This model is a stabilized rig designed with wedding, event, or photojournalism shooters in mind. It features two handgrips, a microFinder loupe eyepiece (loupe purchased separately), and microBrace body pad. This setup is intended to afford maximum stability and mobility with a very low overall weight.
  • Use this bundled kit to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig
  • Stabilized rig designed with wedding, event, or photojournalism shooters in mind
  • Two handgrips, a microFinder loupe eyepiece (loupe purchased separately), and microBrace body pad
  • This setup is intended to afford maximum stability and mobility with a low overall weight

Redrock Micro "Captain Stubling" DSLR Bundle with Shoulder Pad Kit ($1,152)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The Redrock Micro "Captain Stubling" DSLR Bundle with Shoulder Pad Kit from B&H adds a soft, grippy shoulder pad to a handheld camera rig for hybrid video/still shooting with a DSLR camera. This kit is perfect for those who already own longer 15mm rods for shoulder-mounted operation.

The "Captain Stubling" DSLR Bundle is a handlebar assembly with dual hand grips, a DSLR baseplate, and a microFollowFocus v2 for pulling focus with your DSLR lens. The Porta Brace Universal Shoulder Pad attaches to a shoulder-mount assembly (not included) via three hook-and-loop fasteners. Featuring easily adjustable (peel-away) thickness, it cushions the rig for comfortable operation and provides an anti-skid dot fabric surface to keep it in place on your shoulder.

Note! Components for attaching the shoulder pad are sold separately.

The kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, Handlebar Clamp, 4" Handlebar Rod, 4" Rod Grip, 2 x Blue Hand Grips, 2 x 9" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods, microFollowFocus v2, One-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material & Workmanship. Porta Brace - Universal Shoulder Pad


Redrock Micro eyeSpy Standard DSLR Rig ($771.50)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The eyeSpy Standard DSLR Rig from Redrock Micro is a bundled kit designed to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig. This model is intended as an entry-level solution to the eyeSpy series of bundles. It can always be upgrade to other models in the future if desired.

Note! The microFinder loupe accessory is designed for attaching a 3" loupe securely to the back of the DSLR. The loupe is sold separately. The manufacturer currently recommends the Hoodman Hoodloupe 3.0.
  • Use this bundled kit to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig
  • This model is intended as an entry-level solution to the eyeSpy series of bundles
  • It can always be upgrade to other models in the future if desired

Redrock Micro eyeSpy Balance DSLR 2.0 ($989.00)

Model: 8-017-0012
Buy from B&H Photo

2012. The eyeSpy Balance DSLR 2.0 Rig from Redrock Micro is a bundled kit designed to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig. This model builds upon the Standard Bundle by adding counterbalance weights for a perfectly balanced, on-the-go, shoulder-mounted DSLR rig. This model is intended as a mid-range solution.

Note! The microFinder loupe accessory is designed for attaching a 3" loupe securely to the back of the DSLR. The loupe is sold separately. The manufacturer currently recommends the Hoodman Hoodloupe 3.0.
  • Use this bundled kit to turn your DSLR hybrid camera into a professional video rig
  • This model builds upon the Standard Bundle by adding counterbalance weights for a perfectly balanced system
  • This model is intended as a mid-range solution

Redrock Micro DSLR Field Cinema Standard Bundle v2 ($1,149.50)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. Redrock Micro's DSLR Field Cinema Standard Bundle v2 brings a cinema production form factor to your video-capable DSLR. As impressive as modern still cameras are at producing pro-level video imagery, they can often be a challenge when shooting handheld video. That's where the Field Cinema Bundle comes in, providing you with a modular shoulder mounted system that includes handgrips, DSLR plate, shoulder pad, counterbalance weights and quick-mounting rod clamps--all on a dual 15mm carbon-fiber-rod system that can be customized as needed.

Compatible with most video DSLRs--including the Nikon D90, D300s, D3s, and Canon T2i, 60D, 7D, 1D Mark IV, and 5D MKII--the DSLR Field Cinema Standard Bundle is designed for use with an external monitor (not included).

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, 2 x 18" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods, microShoulderPad, Handlebar Rod Clamp, 4" Handlebar Rod, 8" Handlebar Rod, microBalancePlus, 2 x microBalance Counterbalance Weights, 2 x Rubberized microHandGrips, microMount w/Spud, 1 Year Warranty


Redrock Micro DSLR Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle v2 ($1926)

Buy from B&H Photo

2012. Redrock Micro's DSLR Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle v2 brings a cinema production form factor to your video-capable DSLR. As impressive as modern still cameras are at producing pro-level video imagery, they can often be a challenge when shooting handheld video. That's where the Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle comes in, providing you with a modular shoulder mounted system that includes follow focus, handgrips, DSLR plate, shoulder pad, counterbalance weights and quick-mounting rod clamps--all on a dual 15mm carbon-fiber-rod system that can be customized as needed.

Compatible with most video DSLRs--including the Nikon D90, D300s, D3s, and Canon T2i, 60D, 7D, 1D Mark IV, and 5D MKII--the DSLR Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle is designed for use with an external monitor (not included).

This kit includes: DSLR Baseplate, microFollowFocus v2, 2 x 18" 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods, microShoulderPad, Handlebar Rod Clamp, microBalancePlus, 2 x microBalance Counterbalance Weights, 2 x Rubberized microHandGrips, microMount, 1 Year Warranty.


IDC Photography

IDC U-Boat Commander ($269)

Buy from IDC Photography

The U-Boat Commander by iDC Photography is a video capture camera rig for attaching accessories to your HD Capturing DSLR Camera.

By adding a top Bridge Plate & Balancing Block and an additional Grip Handle, Kit II makes under-slung video capture a snap with this kit. Kit III then adds on an adjustable-length shoulder brace for rock-solid hand-held coverage. All U-Boat Commander kits quickly disassemble for compact packing.

The Quick Release means that your camera as well as your iDC Accessories (Such as the iDC Viewfinder, the iDC Follow-Focus, and the iDC Follow-Focus XL) all mount to a Quick-Release plate so that the camera can be quickly removed from the U-Boat Commander. When using our Gun & Run setup (The iDC Follow-Focus and the iDC Viewfinder), you will have greater flexibility in your shooting styles as the demands of your work occur.

Important: The iDC System Mount is MANDATORY in order to use the iDC Follow-Focus and the iDC Follow-Focus XL. If you already purchased an iDC Viewfinder from us, no worries - the iDC System Mount is part of the iDC Viewfinder. Here is a breakdown of your options:

  • If you want an iDC Viewfinder and an iDC Follow-Focus, use the Accessory: iDC Follow-Focus & Viewfinder Option
  • If you already have a Viewfinder and just want an iDC Follow-Focus, use the Accessory: Follow-Focus Purchase Option for use Without iDC Viewfinder
  • If you don't have an iDC Viewfinder and don't want one, but want the iDC Follow-Focus, use the Accessory: Follow-Focus Options for use without iDC Viewfinder option

Switronix

DSLR-PRO ($279 and Up)

More Information from Switronix

Keeping up with Industry changes and listening to clients demands, Switronix has created a line of DSLR Stablizers to assist those using Canon 5D/7D, Nikon, and Panasonic lumix cameras to aquire HD video footage. The stabilizer will steady your shot, and is light and compact to reduce fatigue for smooth and fluid shooting.

Features Include:

  • 3 Axis movement to position the camera.
  • Elevated Platform to raise the DSLR's viewfinder to eye level.
  • Shorter Slide Channel so the bracket doesn't show in Wide shots.
  • Conforming aircraft aluminum shoulder bracket.


Part 1 of 3 - LCD Viewfinder Loupes
Part 2 of 3 - Follow Focus Units
Part 3 of 3 - Mobile / Shoulder Supports (x)
Part 4 of 4 - Steadicams / Stabilizers
Part 5 of 5 - Electronic Viewfinders
Part 6 of 6 - The Gear in my Bag

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