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Old December 30th, 2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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What do you think of this shoulder rig?

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Is the price fair? I'd probably add a counter weight, which they charge about $150 for. Seems a bit steep. Is it a good idea to get an external monitor separately when buying a rig, or just take the one they include? I've looked at the Jag35, Cavision, and others, but none seem to be as complete as this one. I'm looking for a rig that will mount to a tripod, follow focus, monitor, counter weight, and matte box. This one seems to be solidly built. Thanks!
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Old December 31st, 2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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Hi Patrick, you could build a much better rig for half of that price. The one you have linked does not look very customisable

I would get a Gini rig. He usually accepts around $300 for best offer on something like this.

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That monitor looks like a lilliput 669 unit which can be had for very little $$.

That Matte box looks like one of the cheap Indian ones from eBay.

Then get a D|focus FF from JAG35 fro $120.

Much better, more versatile setup for much less money.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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I'm not fond of that shoulder rig because I don't want it offset, there's no room for a counter weight in the back, and the articulating arm is on the wrong side. I think I will piece it together, though, like you suggested. Right now this is what I'm thinking:

1.) Jag 35 Straight Rig: Straight Rig | Jag35.com or Jag 35 Express HD In-Line Rig: http://express35.com/shoulder-rig-hd-in-line/1398/

2.) Jag 35 D|Focus v3: Follow Focus | Express35.com

3.) PROAIM Matte Box: PROAIM MB-600 Matte Box Without Rail System 4:3 & 16:9 ASPECT RATIO for all dv / hdv cameras

4.) I haven't decided on a monitor yet, but that Lilliput 669 doesn't seem to be HD. It *supports* 1920x1080, but its native res is 800x480. Doesn't that mean it will be stretched, and thus not ideal for accurately monitoring and pulling focus? What are other good options?

Thanks.

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Old January 9th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #4
 
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Get the Lilliput 668 its HD.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 02:05 AM   #5
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The 668 supports HD - it's not HD - big difference.
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Old January 10th, 2011, 03:54 AM   #6
 
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Even with an HDMI input?
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Old January 10th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #7
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