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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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alternate top handle for C100/300

so im off to galapagos in a month, and nitpicking every inch and ounce of what im bringing.

one of the things im considering is the top handle, while i love it, it just doesn't pack down quite enough, and since i don't need XLR, that cable can only get in the way.

does anyone know of a shoe mounted top handle, or should i consider a C bracket from below? or perhaps one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003PBB4ME/?tag=dlevi-20
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

My buddy has the exact model you linked and I would not not trust it when using a c100/c300. It's made out of very light plastic and will work for regular Dslr's. Also, I'm not sure the top handle on it would clear the height of the c100/c300.

If your budget is higher then maybe check out the Redrock Ultra Cages built for the c100/c300.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

the RR cages are indeed great, but i just don't need them, i literally just want a raw top handle that can go on and off as needed. all the top handles that seem to be out there are either bolts or rails attached. haven't seen any to go to shoe
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Old January 19th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

Zacuto

Zacuto Cold Shoe Handle: Top Handle for Lightweight Cameras
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Old January 19th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

that's just about it. but as much as i recognize that zacuto makes quality products, when i look at this i think much of what i think about most of their products: the price is a decent chunk higher than what makes sense to me for what it is.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

To do this on the cheap will probably not work as well and odds are it does not give enough clearance between the handle and the camera. For example, a handle with a 1/4-20 thread plus a shoe adapter:
iDC Photo Video Grip Handle
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Shoe Adapter with 1/4"-20 Stud 9041690
. You are also likely to run into issues because the shoe adapter does not hold tight enough to the handle.

There is a Redrock Micro handle with a cold shoe for a bit less than the Zacuto but same ballpark:
Redrock Micro microHandle Plus 2-016-0002 B&H Photo Video
. It doesn't require using a cage.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #7
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

well it seems stephen mick caught this and linked me to this:

CINEIK Hot Shoe Handle - cineik

now that's exactly what i'm talking about! i can nitpick the short length but by far this is what i was looking for.

but thank you for the other suggestions, if any others arise, please do post them as well.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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Glad I could help. :D
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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #9
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

came across this as well:

Transformer Bracket Handle by ALZO Video

would need to order or make that little slip metal on the bottom of the canon handle that goes into the shoe, and that would make a more substantial handle.

while the small guy looks great, i very much like the idea of using that 1/4" to be sure the thing stays on
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Old January 19th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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Oooo. CINEIK looks nice. Get the red one!
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Old January 20th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #11
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

The CINEIK would not be as safe as the original handle as it does not screw in as does the original therefore all the weight of the camera would be hanging on the 4 tiny/minuscule screws that hold the top part of the design. Probably only a matter of time before they pull out and camera crashes to the ground


As CINEIK offer CNC services they could easily adapt one that has a 1/4 screw right through from the top of the handle so it would slide in then screw down tight as does the original, I would buy one for travelling light if they make a few.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 09:14 AM   #12
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what the heck, i'll shoot them an email. but i highly doubt they'd do such an overhaul to their CAD designs for such a small market such as us.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 10:16 AM   #13
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

But whats wrong with C300's original handle design?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:34 PM   #14
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

I hate to sound mean, Roger, but did you even read the OP?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 07:11 PM   #15
 
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Re: alternate top handle for C100/300

I like the look of the Cineik handle, but as Steve said it wouldn't be a great idea for the C300 due to weight restriction of the shoe. They could do with making one identical to the Canon OEM version but a more slim design.
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