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Ken Jones
Why are "top handles" so expensive?
on Aug 6, 2013 at 3:04:04 pm

Subject line says it all.


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Steve Crow
Re: Why are "top handles" so expensive?
on Aug 6, 2013 at 6:09:42 pm

The standard answer to all such rig pricing question is that:

1) It is a limited market (they aren't going to sell anything close to ipod numbers)

2) Quality components (in some cases)

3) R&D costs (in some cases)

4) Because they can (in all cases)


:-)

Steve Crow
Crow Digital Media
http://www.CrowDigitalMedia.com


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Why are "top handles" so expensive?
on Aug 7, 2013 at 3:03:27 am

If you do a bit of searching on *bay, you'll find a lot of top handles, which, depending on your configuration, can be quite affordable. I've got most of the Fotga DP500 system, and I found it to be quite well built, and very affordable. They sell a set of handles which can be configured into your system for under 50 bucks, with a couple of added angle fixtures.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Bill Bruner
Re: Why are "top handles" so expensive?
on Aug 8, 2013 at 11:56:31 pm

Cold shoe handles aren't too bad (unless you buy Zacuto).

Here are Shape Hot Shoe Handles in various colors for about $70 from Adorama.

Or, if you need a top handle for your cage, the Alzo Transformer is only $37.

Hope that's helpful,

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Why are "top handles" so expensive?
on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:07:34 pm

There's one more company to throw into the mix - although they're in China, and the shipping isn't cheap, the quality of the products they sell is outstanding:

http://www.coollcd.com/coolrig-handles_c909

The owner is very nice, and he stands behind his products.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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