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Old March 31st, 2009, 07:50 AM   #1
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5D2 + MultiRig Pro?

Anyone using the 5D2 with DVTec's MultiRigPro? How does it balance and ease of shooting? I would love to know.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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Anyone using the 5D2 with DVTec's MultiRigPro? How does it balance and ease of shooting? I would love to know.
I tested it with the MultiRig last Friday and it's really nice.

http://www.holyzoo.com/content/dslr/...ultiRigPro.mov

This was using the Canon IS lens that gets kitted with the 5D. IS was on. I didn't spend more than 5 minutes practicing anything - I just slapped it on the MultiRig and hit record. Also, I did not have the belt on and didn't have the rod support thingy attached - this was a quick and dirty test.

So the footage, I admit - focus is awful, it's over exposed, and not decisive at all. But I am surprised at how steady it is at times. Walking is no good, but I tried it anyway. Certainly where it shines is holding a shot steady, and slowing framing. Focus pulling was a pain as always, but it's way easier than hand holding. I'm interested in hooking up my RedRock Micro FollowFocus to it, but ran out of time.

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Old March 31st, 2009, 06:45 PM   #3
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Hey thanks. that footage looks very good. However, I wonder if the IS on the lens attributed mostly to the stillness of the shot? Does the MultiRig stabilize it well with the IS off? I'll be mainly using non-IS lenses and I'm noticing a lot of micro-shakes when handheld, and even when bracing my body against a wall.

How does the whole rig balance when you hold the MultiRig with one hand and attempt to focus with the other hand? Does it want to tip to one side?
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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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Yes, the IS would be why the shot was steady even though I was walking around. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to try without IS, or with my Nikon primes. But I'm certain that the MultiRig would stabilize shots far more consistently and more comfortably with the MultiRig, especially if holding the camera for longer than 10 minutes or so. The 5DMkII becomes surprisingly heavy after awhile when hand holding and trying to focus.

Regarding the rig balancing, I was able to swing one of the arms around to brace against my chest - it feels like the thing is strapped around you at that point - very solid. And I wasn't even using the rod support on the MultiRig. The potential is big.

Lastly, I learned right away that hand holding with a lens longer than 55mm focal length without IS, is a disaster. It's very shaky, and that might be acceptable, or repairable with post process stabilization, on an HDV or DVCPRO HD camera. But on the 5DMkII, it just destroys the image due to rolling shutter. That's when a tripod is mandatory.

One of my tests:
http://www.holyzoo.com/content/dslr/...onTest1Mbs.mov

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:21 PM   #5
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Well, here's my ghetto attempt at a shoulder mount.. I probably will get a MultiRig.. but this is just to try out the shoulder position.. worked pretty well I must say..
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #6
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Funny, that's almost exactly what I have (Gorilla's SLR) sans Manf. head and it works for me
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Well, here's my ghetto attempt at a shoulder mount.. I probably will get a MultiRig.. but this is just to try out the shoulder position.. worked pretty well I must say..
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Old April 21st, 2009, 09:11 AM   #7
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Those who are using the 5D2 with the MultiRigPro.. did you have to attach a quick release plate acceptor onto the MRP? Because the screw on the MRP has the double male tip, which is designed for video cameras and not the 5D2.. I couldn't figure out a way to remove the 2nd tip.
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Those who are using the 5D2 with the MultiRigPro.. did you have to attach a quick release plate acceptor onto the MRP? Because the screw on the MRP has the double male tip, which is designed for video cameras and not the 5D2.. I couldn't figure out a way to remove the 2nd tip.
I used a quick release plate as I already have one fitted semi-permanently on the 5DII to simplify switching between MRP, tripod, monopod, Glidetrack, elevated pole, crane etc
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Old April 21st, 2009, 08:24 PM   #9
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Well, here's my ghetto attempt at a shoulder mount.. I probably will get a MultiRig.. but this is just to try out the shoulder position.. worked pretty well I must say..
Yang, Thanks for posting the picture of the ghetto attempt....

I was given a gift of the full metal version " Focus " and had never taken it out of the box Joby - Gorillapod Focus


took it out of the box this afternoon after seeing your ghetto attempt and it actually works very well...
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