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Old July 7th, 2009, 07:19 PM   #16
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I have something similar to David's steadistick solution, it's the DVRig Pro DvRigPro./ DvRigPro HD. It's a bit more massive, volume-wise, some of the other solutions here, but I have a quick release for my tripod plate for my EX1 on it, and I have my Manfrotto 521ex remote lens control on the right handle, so I can zoom, start and stop with and hold it up with my right hand, while focusing, exposure, etc with my left, or keep my left hand on the left handle to support it more. The thing that is a bit unique about it is a spring-loaded shock absorber rod that fits in the bottom of the DVRig Pro and into a belt. It takes a lot of load off the arms so the are mostly guiding, rather than supporting the rig and EX. The spring-loading almost makes a steadicam smoothness when walking. The shoulder piece has a spot for a big battery.

With the quick release plate I can quickly take the EX1 off it and put it on the tripod. It's like the Zacuto (of course lower-end) with the addition of the shock absorber.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 09:04 PM   #17
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With the quick release plate I can quickly take the EX1 off it and put it on the tripod. It's like the Zacuto (of course lower-end) with the addition of the shock absorber.
Hi Keith,

Where do you see a quick release for the EX1 on the Zacuto site to move the EX1 between the Zacuto baseplate and the tripod. I haven't seen this.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #18
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Hi Keith,

Where do you see a quick release for the EX1 on the Zacuto site to move the EX1 between the Zacuto baseplate and the tripod. I haven't seen this.
Max, I don't have a Zacuto but I have a Manfrotto quick release base receptacle mounted on my DVRig that matches my Manfrotto tripod. I imagine you could attached the same setup to your Zacuto. What I meant about the Zacuto is that the DVRig is basically a somewhat modular framework with handles and such, like a Zacuto, but with the addition of the shock-absorber pod.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #19
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Ah OK thanks. Won't work for me I use a Sachtler head with the snap-in dovetail system. I just mount the entire zacuto rig on the head. Would be nice to find a sachtler friendly quick release that'll go between the zacuto and EX.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 05:06 PM   #20
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I'm taking a serious look at this. It from Doug Jensen who has an excellent introduction DVD and printed Field Guides for EX1 and EX3.

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My concern about Doug's is balance and the possible need to use counter weights. Also the shoulder padding looks very thin and I'm concern how that feels.
I have the Vortex shoulder mount. It's a useful design, but I would have preferred the metal chassis to be twice as thick to reduce oscillation. I added my own clamp and plate as the supplied 1/4" screws did not prevent twisting. You need to add counterweights for cameras such as the EX1, so the rear compartment is generally occupied by those. The EX1 rotation handle screams for a wider design to accomodate larger hands. Overall, it works.
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