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Simon Roughan
Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 14, 2011 at 4:56:19 pm

Can anyone point me towards a good (not too expensive) shoulder rig for a AF-101?
Also whats the consensus on lenses? Anyone tried Sigma 4/3 photo lenses?
Thanks in advance
Simon


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:18:23 pm

This one works well for me:
http://store.redrockmicro.com/Catalog/microShoulderMountRigs/microshoulderM...

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
Video production... with style!


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Guy McLoughlin
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:15:07 pm

The problem I have with most shoulder mounts is that they are not designed to balance once the camera + lens + monitor + matte-box is mounted to the mount, this means that your arms can get very tired/shaky within 1-2 hours of filming.

The only mount I've really liked so far ( the one that I will probably buy later this Spring ) is the...

Zacuto Newsman Baseplate Kit

It's not cheap, but it's very configurable, and it can be set to an almost perfect balance with no weight on your arms. You can film all day with no arm fatigue. It comes with a lifetime warranty, and will keep it's value if you ever decide to sell it.

I owned the RedRock Micro shoulder mount for 6 months, and then sold it because my arms could not support the weight of a fully rigged camera for more than 30 minutes of shooting. The newer version of this shoulder mount finally has counterbalance weights, but I've never had a chance to play with it.


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Guy McLoughlin
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 15, 2011 at 2:49:14 pm

AF-100 Review with Picture of Camera on Zacuto Shoulder Rig

FYI: I've also seen people mount their monitor lower down to make it easier to see where you are going while walking behind a moving subject.


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Simon Roughan
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 16, 2011 at 8:39:52 am

Thanks Guys, very helpful!


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Brent Dunn
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:43:33 pm

Here is what I use for my EX-1.

http://www.dvtec.tv/id27.html

Inexpensive. Works great.

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

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with Final Cut Studio

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Steve Eisen
Re: Shoulder Rigs
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:15:05 am

I second DVTec. Check out the MultiRig. Much lighter and compact than the DVRig. I have the ENG Rig, MultiRig and the DVRig.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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