I work for a production company that does fishing and hunting shows. We are seriously thinking about investing in a couple of Sony EX1 but these little lightweight cameras are not the greatest thing when your on a rocking boat or walking through the forest. We need a shoulder mount that stabilizes the camera as well something that is easy to take of in 2 seconds so we can hang the camera over the side of the boat and get shots that you can't shoot with a camera on your shoulder. If possible I'd like something that leaves my left hand free so I can manual zoom in real quick, focus, and zoom out. Doing that with a Varizoom control is not ideal. So, does anyone have any products that they have had good experiences with and they think will suit our needs?
I use shoulder mounts all the time with these small cameras and wholeheartedly agree they add a lot of stability. I bought several for a project, and still have an extra one if you're interested in a used one in excellent condition. It's the Mightywondercam from Videosmith:
For the quick release idea I bought..... a quick release, which I use with my Z1. I purchased a lightweight Gitzo pan head to use with this camera (didn't want to drag my Sachtler around the Malian bush on a trip to Africa) and Gitzo makes a screw on receiving bracket that matches the head's quick release camera plate. Bogen/Monfronto make similar matching products, but I'm not a fan of their pan heads.
So, I can simply press and slide the camera out of either bracket and switch from tripod to shoulder mount in seconds.