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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Anyone use this shoulder mount for t2i?

Genus CAMERA SHOULDER MOUNT SYSTEM GL GCSMK B&H Photo Video

I really like the design of this one, and the price doesn't seem bad either.. Just curious if anyone is out there using it for their T2i. I'm wondering how the lineup will be for the camera.
There's not much written about it on B&H and even on the manufactures website.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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Too much money for this support. I am using this one for my 550D and is fantastic and much less money.

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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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Stelios, which one from that link do you use?
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Old February 24th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #4
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Too much money for this support. I am using this one for my 550D and is fantastic and much less money.

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Ye Stelios which one on the link spiderbrace 2 or 1 or the other mini ones, if its the spiderbrace 2 or 1? how do you manually change what you need to do on the camera, as you have to hold it with two hands??
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Old February 25th, 2011, 10:32 AM   #5
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Guys, I build my camera mounts with bits and pieces from all the mount makers. They all use 15mm rods on 60mm centers, so they are all compatable. You can build what really fits your needs. For the shoulder mount I started with this mount.

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Old February 25th, 2011, 11:07 AM   #6
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I'm not going to swear by it, but I use the Indisystem rails shoulder mount. Significantly cheaper, and with a follow focus. Course, it's significantly heavier. If that's not a problem, you'll get more for your dollar that way.

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Old February 25th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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Hey Brian... Thanks for the link. I'm liking what I see much better then what I originally sought after. How's the quality of your rail system? I'm thinking of grabbing one of their DSLR packages (ultra, bulldog, or areeba)... I know that you mentioned the weight as a possible problem... Anymore insight into your setup would be greatly appreciated.

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Old February 25th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone use this shoulder mount for t2i?

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Stelios, which one from that link do you use?
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Ye Stelios which one on the link spiderbrace 2 or 1 or the other mini ones, if its the spiderbrace 2 or 1? how do you manually change what you need to do on the camera, as you have to hold it with two hands??
I use the Spiderbrace 2 "combo" with the 3rd grip (centered under the lens). The alignment with a viewfinder loupe brings it to the right position in front of my right eye. It also works well for a camcorder with an LCD that opens to the left.

The 3rd grip is just right for balance if you are going to focus with the focusing ring on the lens or with a follow focus.

For the money this is a pretty good bargain.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 11:43 PM   #9
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Steve -

I've attached a few pictures of the T2i set up with this shoulder rig. Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, and of course, the mess behind. I had to use my phone's camera to take the pictures. Anyway, insight...

There are two things to note about this setup.

1) The weight. This thing can get damn heavy after a while. I mean, literally, you're hoping for some pain killers. One of the reasons the other gear is cheaper is because it's light as a feather, so to speak. That's not to say that this isn't manageable. I mean, I bought it, and it's worked fine for me. I'm just noting that it's not a light rig, and with more gear (like a monitor, or mic, or ___________ you're only going to increase that weight.

2) The handles and follow focus. Note that there are two handles for run and gun shooting. The problem is, if you're using a lens with a shallow DoF, such as the 50mm on this camera, you're going to have to dedicate one of your hands to doing the focus work. I'd say that's normally not a problem, but I'll redirect you back to point one to complete the illustration. I end up supporting the rig with my right hand, holding it between the left and right handles on the cross bar, and focus with my left. Probably not the greatest way to do it, but it works.

Overall, I'm pleased with it, and for the price, it was what I was looking for. As it is with all gear, you get what you pay for. If you've got the money, don't scrimp. If you're on a budget, these rails will work for you.

The last thing that I'd like to note, along those lines, is that the paint on the bars chips/comes off tremendously easy. I'm not a cosmetic kind of guy, so seeing silver, seeing the tighten marks, BAH, doesn't bother me, so long as the gear performs. Some people are bothered by that. Just something to note.

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Re: Anyone use this shoulder mount for t2i?

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Too much money for this support. I am using this one for my 550D and is fantastic and much less money.
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I agree....it's way to expensive imho, i personally use a standard cheap tripod (folded up), which lays and rest on my shoulder.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 06:44 PM   #11
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Hey Brian...

Thanks for the reply. I ended up picking up the ultra unit made by them... The rails and the follow focus and left the matt box behind. I'm concerned though since this unit doesn't come with a counter weight on the shoulder.

I'm also concerned that the follow focus won't really work to well with most of me lens's. I'm using Canon's relatively cheap lens set and the focus rings seem very small compared to the expensive lens's out there. (think of the kit lens with the t2i or 60d).

overall it looks like it will be a good investment. I'll post a review here in case others are looking for something similar.

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Old March 3rd, 2011, 10:31 AM   #12
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The follow focus set comes with 5 gears, all different sizes, as well as these little felt strips that you place inside the rings to adjust the grip on the lens. I've not come across a lens that didn't work in one of the five rings. You may have to purchase additional padding, which can be found at any hardware store, or even WalMart or something like that. So you should be good there. As for the counter weight, the shoulder piece has a section where you can bolt on weight. Though, again, when you get the rails, you'll see what I mean. Additional weight may not be what you're looking for. Just balance the rods, bringing in the camera and the handles to make the center of weight more... centered... that should solve your problem.
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