Yet another homemade rig... at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Shoulder & Handheld Supports


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 1st, 2010, 10:20 PM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,384
Yet another homemade rig...

I've mentioned it in a couple of other threads but here is the preliminary shots of the shoulder rig I'm building. Only things left to do are mount a QR plate on the bottom, add the padding on the shoulder part, and do some cosmetic/painting work.
The most expensive parts were the QR plates for $100. All the aluminum, hardware and padding was another $60.
I'll get a final weight with all the attachments (batteries, cables, wireless audio) once it's finished but right now it feels pretty good. That's the Panasonic HMC-150 with a SmallHD monitor.
Having the zoom/focus/iris controller is pretty cool and the rig is balanced enough that it's really comfy to use all three controls!

Thoughts?
Attached Thumbnails
Yet another homemade rig...-p1120077.jpg   Yet another homemade rig...-p1120076.jpg  

__________________
A7RII, C100, 1Dx, 5Dmk3, 70D, Kessler goodies, Adobe, Pro Tools and more!
Robert Turchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 1st, 2010, 11:00 PM   #2
Trustee
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,430
When this rig is in use, are your elbows close to your body? If they are close, the monitor looks like it would be too close to my face. If your elbows are away from your body, the rig looks very front heavy, especially if you add on wireless receiver(s) and a light. I may be wrong, I'm just looking at your photo and imagining what the rig would feel like.
Warren Kawamoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 1st, 2010, 11:19 PM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,384
My elbows end up at my side in a pretty natural place. This puts the monitor about 15" from my eyes which for me is perfect. The monitor is tilted slightly back which may not be apparent in these pics.

it will probably end up a bit front heavy but I plan on having a mount for the battery that powers my light on the back of the shoulder brace as a counterbalance. Worst case, I end up with biceps like Arnold in Conan the Barbarian!! HaHa!

Thanks for the comments! This is an experiment that may need to be revised once in the field!
__________________
A7RII, C100, 1Dx, 5Dmk3, 70D, Kessler goodies, Adobe, Pro Tools and more!
Robert Turchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 07:17 AM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: sweden
Posts: 795
what is the make and model of the monitor you're using?
__________________
Charles
'What we perceive to be may not be what we believe to be.'
Charles King is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 09:18 AM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,384
SmallHD DP1...it's awesome and full kit with 2 batteries, hood, cables, screen protectors, was under $1000
__________________
A7RII, C100, 1Dx, 5Dmk3, 70D, Kessler goodies, Adobe, Pro Tools and more!
Robert Turchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2010, 12:26 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Veenendaal, Holland
Posts: 210
Looking at the (quite thick) alu plates you've used, may I suggest the availability of sandwich plates, build from a honeycomb structure heart with very thin alu plates on both sides?
Jo Ouwejan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2010, 01:04 PM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,430
The aluminum looks like hollow square tubing, which is pretty light. I don't think honeycombing is necessary in this instance.

A big problem with this design, however, is that when in use, there is a huge blind spot in front, as well as to the right of the operator. You'll be able to see what the camera sees, but nothing outside of it's frame when you're zoomed in.
Warren Kawamoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #8
Trustee
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,384
Here's my ugly arse with the almost complete unit. I need to tweak the shoulder shape a bit even though it's quite comfy with the padding.

There is no blind spot as it sits low enough to see over.
I don't have the zoom/focus/iris hooked up in these pics but I did a few days ago and it works like a charm.

The finished piece with everything on it including batteries is 12.5lbs. Hard to see in the pics but there is a QR plate underneath that allows the whole unit to sit on my tripod...and it's on the CG too! I can also put my monopod at the same point in case I have to do a longer shot.

All things considered, I'm very happy with the results and even happier with the price.

If I built another one, I'd consider a thinner wall aluminum to save weight. But that's about it!
Attached Thumbnails
Yet another homemade rig...-p1120096.jpg   Yet another homemade rig...-p1120097.jpg  

Yet another homemade rig...-p1120098.jpg   Yet another homemade rig...-p1120100.jpg  

__________________
A7RII, C100, 1Dx, 5Dmk3, 70D, Kessler goodies, Adobe, Pro Tools and more!
Robert Turchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2010, 09:27 PM   #9
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Orlando, FL USA
Posts: 13
Nice job. That's pretty snazzy. I like the HD monitor setup especially.
Jon Kon is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Shoulder & Handheld Supports

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:35 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network