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Old April 4th, 2005, 09:43 AM   #1
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Shoulder Braces besides Verizoom DVRig for XL2

Does anyone know of any XL2 compatible shoulder braces that might be a bit less expensive then the Verizoom DVrig series? I'm looking for something like this: http://www.studio1productions.com/dvbrace.htm
or at least in that price range. I find that the XL2 shoulder pad is not really suited for my frame. It would be great if it was adjustable, if it could slide back a few inches. Anyway, I'm looking for something to solve my problem that's not in the $400+ price range. Even some type of homemade shoulder pad would do the trick.
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Old April 4th, 2005, 11:04 PM   #2
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I'm only guessing here, but are you saying you're larger than most? (shoulder pad is not really suited for my frame. It would be great if it was adjustable, if it could slide back a few inches.)

My second guess is the viewfinder is too close to your face when you put the camera on your shoulder. I'm not trying to be funny but, have you moved the viewfinder forward as far as it will go? Having only used "fixed viewfinders" as on the GL series, it was a day before I realized I could adjust the viewfinder both in and out and side to side. Now when I hoist it up to my shoulder, the eyepiece is right there.

Just trying to save you some money if I can.

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Wow! That thing must have cost an arm and a leg! - - - It did! I used to have three of each.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 06:18 AM   #3
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I don't know what these cost but in case you hadn't seen them:
http://www.dvinfo.net/canon/articles/article24.php
http://www.dvinfo.net/canon/articles/article76.php

Also, if all you want to do is move the eyepiece forward, Lightwave makes the "System Isolator" for around $90 that moves it forward and isolates vibration.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 09:09 AM   #4
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I moved up the eyepiece and it helps a little. The main problem is that in order for the camera to rest on my shoulder, my arm has to be tucked in really close to my body, almost so my forarm is touching my bicep, instead of a comfortable 90 degree angle.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 12:44 PM   #5
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Dolgin Engineering has some sub-$200 shoulder units for the XL1.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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Those dolgin braces look like what I'm looking for, but I don't think they fit the XL2 because of it's built in shoulder pad.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 03:49 PM   #7
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DV Caddie

DV Caddie might be a good alternative for you. It is an adjustable metal post that hangs from your shoulder on a strap (like a guitar strap). The strap takes the weight off of your arms. The height is adjustable so you can move the cam eyepiece to the most convenient position. It costs about $210 from EVS.
I use it with my PD170, but do not have experience with the XL cams.
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