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Old June 11th, 2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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Shoulder bracket <$200

I need a shoulder bracket (or some kind of stabilizer) for under $200, can yu reccomend me one?
So far I've been looking at the Varizoom VZ-1SHOOTER
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=206346&is=REG
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Old June 20th, 2005, 06:27 PM   #2
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Do yourself a favor, Eric, and take a good hard look at the Spider Brace. I really don't know why you want to spend more money. www.spiderbrace.com.

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Old July 6th, 2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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"Wayne Orr > Do yourself a favor, Eric, and take a good hard look at the Spider Brace. I really don't know why you want to spend more money. www.spiderbrace.com."

Does that mean shoulder stabilizer is not worth it?
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Old July 7th, 2005, 10:26 PM   #4
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Anyone please? need to know if this sholder bracket would be of great help or any other suggestion to fight fatigue in shooting for wedding events? thanks in advance.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 11:02 PM   #5
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I think your just adding weight. Why not just use a mono pod?
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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:12 AM   #6
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I need a shoulder bracket (or some kind of stabilizer) for under $200, can yu reccomend me one?
So far I've been looking at the Varizoom VZ-1SHOOTER
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=206346&is=REG
I have this shoulder brace on order and it should be here tomorrow. I'll try it out this weekend and let you know how it works out.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:47 AM   #7
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Ok thanks shiela.
to Jun: you mean you prefer a monopod than a shoulder brace from varizoom?
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Old July 8th, 2005, 08:29 AM   #8
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Yes, I prefer monopod for a longer handheld shooting than any shoulder stabilizer. You just adding weight adding weight to you camcorder. I use monopod with 501 head. I once have a Varizoom shoulder brace but it's not easy to shoot overhead shots.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 11:16 AM   #9
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I like Wayne's suggestion on the Spiderbrace. You might also check out the Steady Stick. It's manufactured by Tiffen, but sold under the name Davis & Sanford at B&H. There are couple of reviews on the web.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:19 PM   #10
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Michael,

I've got a Steady-stick I use with my XL2 and am very pleased with its performance considering the price-point.

Isn't it ironic that the write-up on the B&H link you provided says, "...for Small Camcorders", and yet they show and XL in the photo?
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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:40 PM   #11
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Does the Steady-stick work well when using as a "steady-cam" type device, while walking, running, going up stairs, etc?
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Old July 8th, 2005, 04:05 PM   #12
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Leonardo,
Which camera support works best for you is as much a matter of personal preference as anything else. If you can get to a well-stocked camera or video shop where you can try out monopods, shoulder supports, etc, or rent or borrow the different types of supports, you will be in a better position to make a decision. Some wedding videographers use a monopod, others use a shoulder support, others use other items. Your own experience will enable you to decide what works best for you.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 05:47 PM   #13
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Pete,

I don't think the Steady-stick will replace a Steadicam type device. In fact I think you'd get worse footage from the Steady-stick than just arm-floating the cam if you were going to be walking. The Steady-stick is more for those times you might be using a shoulder mount for a series of stationary shots that change frequently, but want something besides your arms to support the weight.
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Old July 10th, 2005, 03:04 PM   #14
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Our DvRig Junior have all the recommended features.

Fluid Head, Hip Supported Mono Pod, and Walking shocks Damping.

Have a look: http://dvtec.tv/_wsn/page5.html

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Old July 10th, 2005, 03:59 PM   #15
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Danny,

Doesn't the DvRig Junior go for about $250?

Eric specifically posted that he is looking for something under $200.
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