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Old July 17th, 2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Supporting the XL-H1 (... and saving my shoulders)

I have an XL-H1 for nine months now so I have a good idea about what I like and dislike. I must say that I really have problems supporting the camera on my shoulders. Although I can carry the weight, the way the camera balances on my shoulders is far from perfect. I once saw this movie with some sort of corner-form accessory which leaps over your shoulder. Does it help?

Any other solution you can recommend? I do not have an Anton Bauer attached to the back but I might do so. But I am also considering selling my XL-H1 for 2x an XH-A1 before investing in more solutions. I just feel although the XL-H1 is a shoulder-mount camera, basically it isn't. Broadcast camera's that are two times heavier balance better because the weight is properly divided.

Anyway, I would like to get some input from fellow XL-H1 owners.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hi Floris,
I put the Dionic 90 battery with adapter on the rear bracket + a wireless receiver + timecode transmitter. Now the camera is more easily to keep steady for longer shots despite it is more heavy.
You can also fiddle with the viewfinder and put it as much forward as possible to get the center of gravity further back.
If you don't have a big battery you can put any weight at the rear bracket to try it out. More weight further out will steady the shot too. Regards /Johan
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Old July 17th, 2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Johan. I will definately try this out.

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Old July 17th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #4
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Hey.

I have never used the XLH1, but I know on my old XL2, I bought a CH910 dual battery charger and used two big canon batteries (975's) and usually had a wireless reciever velcroed to that. Made it nice and balanced.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #5
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I use a shoulder support from Birns & sawyer along with an ENG rig from DVtec. Both required modification but now I can shoot for hours on end with no fatigue - like a rock
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