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Peter Richardson December 12th, 2006 05:40 AM

Shoulder support system for HVX
Hi everyone,

I'm shooting on a doc here in the UK with a heavily loaded HVX and am feeling the need (in my back) for a better shoulder support system for the HVX. Right now I am using the Century Optics 15mm Wide Angle mattebox as well as a .75x wide angle converter on the front (which is very heavy) and the camera is a lot to hold for extended shots as it's very front heavy. The Century mattebox has a small swing out shoulder brace, but it's not really adequate and barely reaches the shoulder. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a more robust shoulder brace system that would still be suitable for documentary, run and gun work -- not a large harness or system I need to get into. Thanks!


Ned Soltz December 12th, 2006 08:18 AM

You might want to think in terms of the DVRig Pro. I have used it with HVX with Zacuto baseplate and Petroff mattebox. I believe that you can also get a more heavy-duty support rod for it to make certain that it handles all of that weight.

Check it out-- www.dvtec.tv

Ned Soltz

Robert Lane December 12th, 2006 08:19 AM

Zacuto is also making their version of a shoulder-mount which works with the Zacuto base plate system and other accys.

Martin Iverson December 12th, 2006 08:20 AM

I'm looking for the same sort of thing. So far my top candidate is the VeriZoom VZ-DV Shock Rig. I think it will support like we need, but my question is can you get in and out of it fast?

I'm curious to what users like as well.

Ned Soltz December 12th, 2006 08:29 AM

I've got a Zacuto shoulder mount plate here to test, which I should get around to doing this week.

Ned Soltz

Robert Lane December 12th, 2006 08:29 AM

To continue my reply above, the Zacuto system in my estimation, is the most logical and versatile shoulder-support system currently on the market.

It is by far the most expensive since it is built around their baseplate system however, it provides the most natural balance point - as if the camera were an ENG-type - and offers the most options for mounting additional equipment.

See the sample photos: http://www.zacuto-rentals.com/hand_held.htm

David Saraceno December 12th, 2006 09:46 AM

Second Ned's comments:


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