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Old May 22nd, 2003, 11:42 PM   #31
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Thanks for the picture Chris.

That home made rig really has some great possibilities. The C Clamp is a natural grip if I ever saw one.

It's certainly looks very much able to do the job and very easy to use. With a little imagination one could even dress it up to look more commercial.
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 12:30 AM   #32
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The C-grip doesn't look that steady to hold, I'd wrap it in foam, maybe a bicycle handle grip. Apart from that, looks interesting!
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 12:33 AM   #33
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I wanted to assemble something really simple and functional. I already had the Super Clamp and Varizoom so it was just figuring out a way to attach it to the tube. It literally took me less than five minutes to make it. I cut the aluminum tube to 24 inches and popped on the end caps. Also, if I don't assemble it, I have two spare C clamps that might come in handy somewhere on a shoot.

I've sent the pictures to Chris Hurd and he's going to post them somewhere along with the text I originally wrote.
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Old May 25th, 2003, 08:16 PM   #34
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On a trip to Home Depot yesterday I say some 1/2" conduit sections that were bent in a short radius that reminded me of the shoulder sections of some shoulder braces. I bought a couple along with a length of conduit and a few fittings and built myself a shoulder brace for my PD150 for about $15.

I am quite pleased with it. Other than marching around the house I haven't done any shooting with it yet, but it feels good and is quite steady. The whole thing is 1/2" conduit and fittings, a piece of scrap oak, a little black paint and a Varizoom controller which I already owned. (As I recall the controller costs somewhat more than $15.)

Here are a couple of photos.

http://www.richardspilman.com/shoulder.htm
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Old January 8th, 2004, 04:00 PM   #35
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Do you think...

Hey guys,

Do you think I could use the Studio1 shoulder brace (or any brand for that matters) without a zoom controller? I think the oncam zoom controller with my GL2 does a fine job. Would you recommend I buy one?

Any thoughts? ??

Thanks!
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Old January 8th, 2004, 04:07 PM   #36
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I guess it depends on how much you zoom. I don't use zoom much but occasionally in between takes and such, so for myself I've never needed one.

On the other hand, if you use it a lot, it would be extremely helpful because of the easy and quick access at your fingertips.
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Old April 20th, 2004, 05:17 AM   #37
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I purchased the video Innovators S-800 shoulder brace for my GL2 and it turned out being just what I was looking for. I bought mine from B&H.

It's very light and rests comfortably on my shoulder. I've been able to get some nice shots with a little practice. I highly recommend it if your looking for an inexpensive shoulder brace when your money is super tight.
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Old April 20th, 2004, 11:05 AM   #38
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Since Dennis resurrected this thread, I'll toss in my update.

I recently purchased a DV Rig Pro brace and couldn't be more pleased with it. No, it's not an inertial stabilizer but it's not your run-of-the-mill shoulder brace either. In terms of performance it lies somewhere in-between the two.

I'm so enthusiastic about the DV Rig Pro that I plan to write-up an article for DVInfo at the first opportunity this summer.
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Old April 20th, 2004, 11:29 AM   #39
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Please post a link to that article once you finish it Ken. The DV Rig Pro brace looks very sweet in that link.
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Old April 21st, 2004, 12:19 PM   #40
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We have Studio 1 braces for the XL, TRV-950 & VX-2000...we love them.

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Old May 5th, 2004, 04:45 AM   #41
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Here is a link to a shoulder brace a friend of mine (also on this site) made. I believe padding was later added and it turns out it was over built. But better to be too strong than have a PD-150 get ruined.

http://www.desertrides.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1343
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