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Old August 3rd, 2007, 08:09 AM   #1
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Sony VCT-FXA Shoulder Brace

if you've got a Sony VCT-FXA Shoulder Brace on your camera, can it click onto a tripod? or does this thing have to be removed in order to do that?

i saw a post on this forum with a few pics, but i'm still wondering if anyone out there has any pics of this thing in action (with a Z1). it's a bunch of money to drop on something that looks so simple...but if it works, it's worth it.

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Old August 3rd, 2007, 08:18 AM   #2
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i found the manual on sony.co.uk, and i read it does connect to a tripod.

but if anyone wants to give their opinions of this thing, i'd appreciate it. it just doesn't look like it's worth nearly $300.
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Old August 4th, 2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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Yes, it does have a tripod hole on the bottom of it. I've used it several times to quickly connect it on & off my tripod.
Is is worth $300? Not a chance... but I still paid for it.
I find that it's fairly useful as a brace when I'm running around on the go. Even when I have my Monopod attached, I still use the VCT-FXA to help brace the shot and avoid panning.
It works ok, but wayyyy overpriced.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 09:59 PM   #4
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well, let me know if you (or anyone else) would like to sell it. i want one, but it's too much to purchase one new at that price. i'm not that broke, but i just can't drop nearly $300 for this thing on principle. i mean, how much can this thing cost to make?
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Old August 12th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #5
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B&H have them for $260 but there are a lot better supports (the Spider Brace, $70, for one: http://www.spiderbrace.com/. You want the device to transfer the weight of the camera to your body, at least if you're using it for any length of time. One popular type has a spring loaded support to a waist belt, but a bit more expensive: http://www.varizoom.com/supportsindex.html. There are other references on this site (DVi). You should always have a quick release plate between camera and support.

Have a look through the range at B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/3...abilizers.html
also http://www.studio1productions.com/dvbrace.htm

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Old August 12th, 2007, 11:54 PM   #6
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I just had a spiderbrace delivered and it's awesome!

I can't believe how light it is. Well worth the money for a new toy.

If only it had a tripod hole on the bottom!......after having a second look, I think I can add a quick release to it easily enough!

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