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Old February 19th, 2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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Suggestions/Thoughts on shoulder rig for camera and wireless pack

Long time lurker, first time poster. Not extremely well versed with some of this stuff so thank you in advance for any insight.

Have a Sony HDR-AX2000 camera that we use as a roaming camera for our sporting events. It's 10-12 lbs. We also have a wireless transmitter that we use to shoot live video back to the switcher. That pack is roughly 5-6 lbs once you add in the batteries and other accessories. We bought a cheap shoulder rig last year (about $80)... had the cam on the front of it and everything else strapped to the back. It balanced out fairly well and worked great for about a day... until the weight snapped it in two pieces.

Looking for a similar but sturdier solution that won't break the bank. Any suggestions, either retail or custom, that we should be looking at? I've looked at so many websites but I just can't get a handle on something that isn't insanely expensive. Thanks!

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Old February 19th, 2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: Suggestions/Thoughts on shoulder rig for camera and wireless pack

I can't beat your $80 deal, but I use a Tilta (or Lanparte, basically the same I think) and am very happy with it.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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Would you have a link to the particular model you are using Finn?

That $80 rig we had last year was good, but I think it was built more for DSLR sized cameras, hence the reason it broke with the weight of the larger cam and other accessories.

We can put a few hundred dollars into this, I just don't have the budget to go all-in on the really high-end professional stuff.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #4
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Re: Suggestions/Thoughts on shoulder rig for camera and wireless pack

Tilta and Lanparte each only manufacture one type of shoulder rig, and they're about the same.

ikan Tilta 15mm Quick-Release Baseplate for Sony VCT-U14 BS-T03

Lanparte VMS-01. Quick-Release V-Mount Baseplate W/ Shoulder Pad – Intellytech

The reason that I like these two is that I like to be able to use a quick-release plate and go from shoulder to sticks without rebalancing. But if that doesn't matter to you, there are many, many other options!
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Old February 19th, 2014, 04:16 PM   #5
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Re: Suggestions/Thoughts on shoulder rig for camera and wireless pack

If you're willing to spend the money look at the MultiRig by DVTec (dvtec.tv) Danny N. the manufacturer used to hang around here and he also made his product to be sold under the Varizoom nameplate. I used one for many years with small form factor cameras including PD150, PD170, Z-1, Z-5, and many others. I used a Varizoom Stealth LANC controller and carried an Audio Technic 1821 Dual Channel receiver on the back which weighed in at a touch over 1 pound along with a CN160 LED light on the camera. Not only did it make the camera comfortable to use at eye level but it held it steady and with some practice I could achieve some very nice "steadicam" LIKE shots. Never would replace a steadicam but you can do some nice tracking shots with practice! Here's the rub. It ain't cheap. When I went back to a full sized camera I sold it off but I did MoS interviews, some concerts, all kinds of stuff with it and I swore by it. Not at it, but BY it. ;-)
Might be worth a look.
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