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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Bought Cavision Shoulder Mount, 7D Is Too Close, Help!

i just bought this:

Cavision | RS1580D-SPE Shoulder Pad System Package | RS1580D-SPE

i need follow focus to fit, and the lense keeps hitting the top pin that locks the handles and with the shoulder mount flush the camera is just to low to look through the "lcdvf" magnetic viewfinder that i bought

will this work? is there a cheaper way? like if i buy the baseplate for 30 dollars where can i buy the part that mounts it to the one on the shoulder mount?

Cavision | RS-15IIM(250) Rod Support System | RS-15IIM (250mm)

Cavision | RS-15IIMQR Rod Support System Reversed | RS-15IIMQR




thanks for the help

i just found this, is this the piece that holds that 30 dollar mounting plate for adjustable rise?

Cavision | Spacer Plate for Canon 7D | RPC4580 | B&H Photo Video

Cavision | RPMD90 Mini DV Plate | RPMD90 | B&H Photo Video


these plates are the same that are on the kits above including the reversed with 15mm rods...

how do i get this stuff without the rods? i just need the plate which i can buy...but how do i purchase the riser that allows height adjustment of the 30 dollar plate?

my current plate has a spot that is a perfect fit for it....

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Old March 20th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Can you send better links, these all go to the main page at B&H.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #3
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just fixed it...links are now correct
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Old March 21st, 2010, 09:07 AM   #4
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This would be useful - attaching a quick release plate, no? This is a common method on shoulder mounts and then going to a tripod very quickly.

Manfrotto | 357 Pro Quick Release Adapter with 357PL Plate | 357
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Old March 21st, 2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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I have what appears to be the same Cavision system for my 7D and no problem with lens hitting anything.

Mine has this plate:
Cavision | RS-15IIMQR Rod Support System Reversed | RS-15IIMQR

I use a Manfrotto quick release on it because with the Cavision quick release that comes with it, the knobs that hold on the IDCphotography.com LCD viewer bump into the bottom of the plate. There are some photos of my setup in this article:
http://www.dvfreelancer.com/articles...t/dslrRig.html
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Old March 21st, 2010, 03:53 PM   #6
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it looks like you have the shoulder pad extension bar and not the stock one...the arm that connects the shoulder pad to the rail bracket on the backside....lol

i need that
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Old March 21st, 2010, 04:03 PM   #7
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Cavision | Mini Ball Head | RS15MBH | B&H Photo Video

will this work?
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Old March 24th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #8
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It's not an extension, just the standard shoulder brace connected to the rods. This one:
http://www.cavision.com/rods/RS15SP.htm
The connecting arm is part of the shoulder brace. You can swivel it up or down to get the height just the way you want, and there's plenty of room to move the camera forward or backward on the rods. Lots of adjustments on the rig.

It's difficult to track down the components at B&H. If you go to the Cavision site, they show you the package and include links to the individual parts, like the rods system, handles, shoulder brace. Copy those numbers, then go to B&H and enter them and you'll go right to the pieces you need. You can order from Cavision, but since they're in Canada, that's a bit of a hassle.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #9
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Does this system front heavy? I don't see any balancing weight in the back.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #10
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They're all front heavy. The reason I like the Cavision over some of the others is because the shoulder pad curves down pretty far in front. That allows you to push back against the front of your shoulder, rather than simply resting on top of your shoulder as most other systems do. This adds stability and makes it easier to hold for long periods. The handles rotate all the way around as well, so you can angle them any way you want. Once I got it all properly adjusted, I could shoot as stable with it as with better balanced broadcast cameras I've used for years.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #11
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My first shoulder rig was a home built unit that went over the shoulder. I put the juicedLink back there as an occasional counterweight. Franky, there's not enough leverage back there, unless you make the shoulder bar very long.

For work, I just received a Red Rock theEvent rig. Personally, I think it's the perfect setup. Holding pressure from one hand to the upper chest (collarbone really), is how I tend to hold my homebuilt rig anyway. Add a loupe and follow focus and you've got four points of contact.

I wasn't going to get the second handle, but I'm glad I did. It gives three points, so you can set the camera/rig down without it falling over. I set the extra handle so it touches the forearm of my focusing hand. Make that five points of contact. :)
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #12
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is there any camera plate that has adjustable height? one that has a male connector at the top for the camera, and a female on the bottom to mount it?

i need a height adjustable plate....
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Old March 28th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #13
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I'm looking for the exact same thing with the exact same problem.

I have found this. For a $0.99 piece of tube steel, you can buy this Kowa TSN DA3-40 Height Extension Plate from Eagle Optics for $80. HA! I'm thinking about trying to make one of these since surely it can't be that hard.

This is NOT adjustable though. I'm still looking. I can't use my follow focus rig because the camera is too low.

I'm also trying to figure out a way to modify this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc....html#features to make it work. The top part would be perfect, but I don't' think it would work mounting to the bottom.

Or this, which costs almost as much as the Cavision rig itself, but would surely work
Cinevate Inc | Proteus Base Plate System | CIRAAS000005 | B&H
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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #14
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If you get the proper plate arrangement from Cavision for a DSLR, the camera is high enough to not have any problems.All you need is this part: http://www.cavision.com/rods/RS15IIMQR.htm
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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #15
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Ugh! $200 for that? I wonder I you can just buy that "riser" piece? Buying Cavision products like like pulling teeth sometimes--a guessing game if you're getting what you really need. Their website really needs some help and more pictures and specs.

This is the one I got
Cavision | RS1580D-SPE Shoulder Pad System Package | RS1580D-SPE
and I asked the dealer if this was the best shoulder rig for the 7D. They said yes. I do like it a lot, but it certainly has some issues (one being the clamps don't tighten enough on one of the rods, so I have to put electrical tape around one of the tubes... Anyway, another topic for another day.)

But the camera is too low. Bill, maybe you know (since B&H and Cavision's sites don't seem to say), do you think just the pieces of this could be purchased without getting the whole new rod system?
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