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Maureen Futtner March 3rd, 2004 01:12 PM

Shoulder Support - what to look for
Hi, all.

AM about to purchase a trv-950 (relatively small sony camcorder), and want a stabilizing unit of some kind, but certainly can't go for steadicams, etc. Was looking to buy a simple shoulder support (saw something at B&H for $50). Can anyone recommend what I should look for in this type of support? Was also considering the DVCaddie, Jr. (less pricey).

ANy comments, suggestions welcome.

Ken Tanaka March 3rd, 2004 02:04 PM

Hello Maureen,
I think this thread will be of interest to you.

Shoulder braces are a mixed bag. They're really designed more from an operator comfort perspective than an image stabilization perspective. They actually can produce a shakier image for low-mass cameras such as the 950, as they transmit foot-fall vibrations directly through your shoulder to the camera. (Your arm normally absorbs much of this vibration during handheld shooting.)

If (relatively) inexpensive image stabilization is your primary goal you might look at something like a Steady Stick. I have a Varizoom shoulder brace I occasionally use with an XL1s. It's comfortable but is not really a stabilizer for motion shots.

Patricia Kim March 4th, 2004 02:58 PM

Maureen, I just purchased and have used the dvcaddie jr. I'm strictly amateur, so take my thoughts with a box of salt. I would say, however, that if you're considering it, spend the extra money to get the dvcaddie as opposed to the jr. The jr works fine for me, but it's not adjustable in length. The best part about the dvcaddie (IMO) is being able to rest it on your hip (you can breathe while shooting that way). If you're long-waisted, there may not be enough length in the jr to permit that. It's even a little short for me, and I fall into the vertically challenged category.

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