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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:40 AM   #1
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Best shoulder mount have used for ex1/3

It's great. Not cheap as you need not just the mount but ideally the strengthening plate and V mount batteries. But bloody hell does it make that camera amazing for handheld!

Philip Bloom Blog Archive The best shoulder mount I have used for my Sony EX3 by far
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Old August 17th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #2
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Looks great, Phil, but if I'm adding it all up correctly, it's going to cost about $2k to get the mount, plate, batteries, and charger. Think I'll stick with the EL Cheapo for now.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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yep, unless you have already invested in Pro batteries and charger for your pro cams then yes it's a costly investment!
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Old August 19th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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I am working on a production version of the rig in this post:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/sony-xdca...der-mount.html

I should have it for sale this winter at less than $700.00.

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Old August 29th, 2009, 03:52 AM   #5
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Hi.
I have recently invested in an EX3. I love the images but struggling to work handheld. I have been looking at the solutions for shoulder mounts and I must say I like the Protech, allthough it is pricey.

What I would like is to just get a shoulderpad for it, but am I correct in thinking that that wouldn`t make up for the front heavy design nad weight distribution? Do I need all the batteries as well? Am I the only one thinking that this camera just gets bigger as everything is added to it? My reason for asking is that I would like to keep it small.

Has anyone tried the Easyrig by the way?

Thanks for reading.

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Old August 29th, 2009, 03:57 AM   #6
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Jeff has modified his original DM shoulder brace. Take a look at his new version, it is excellent.

DM-Accessories - EX3-SHOULDER Shoulder Brace For EX3 Camcorders
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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #7
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That looks great, and not too pricey either. Do I also need the strenghtening plate for my tripod or is that part of the package? I feel that the EX3 ontop of a tripod is somewhat wiggly.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:22 AM   #8
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The base of the shoulder brace provides the extra security. This is attached via one large screw on the base and then two screws at the rear. The kit comes complete with all the screws. I have mounted a Manfrotto quick release to the bottom of the DM mount, you can mount most quick release plates to the DM brace. The Sony shoulder pad can be fitted to the rear of the base mount, but then you can't mount the DM shoulder section.

I would have liked a quick release on the actual shoulder section, this would make it easier to fit in my camera case. Other than that, it works very well.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #9
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An even less expensive option that makes it simple to carry mic receivers, batteries, or counter-weights for balance.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #10
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Maybe cheaper Doug, but is it as good?

From the pictures I see on your website, the brace looks like it is only attached by the tripod screw. How do you stop it from swiveling on its axis and can you attach a quick release plate to it?

I like the idea of the rear box for holding "extra tapes/discs" - must look at my EX3 manual again to see where these fit. :-)
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Old September 9th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #11
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Yes, those are two differences between the two.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #12
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This does look interesting - Vortex Media: VIDEO & PHOTO Tools and Training

But the single screw connection does worry me - are there any reviews in the field that we can read? Any comments from users?

Is this item in stock for shipping? Thanks.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 03:29 PM   #13
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Doug, thank you for posting. Excellent DVD on the EX3 by the way.

Your shoulder support is interesting. But is puts me off since I will not be able to put the camera in my bag anymore with that brace attached. I don`t like to put things together when I am on a shoot, since a lot of my work is documentary and need to move in a hurry.

Just out of curiosity, why have you stopped using your disc- based cam and starting shooting on the EX3 instead? I am actually starting to regret I did`nt buy the 335 instead , also for arcival reasons. I think my EX3 is looking more and more like something out of the movie Transformers.

I guess the next EX3 will have more of a form factor like the JVC HM700. The EX3 is an excellent camera but it has its flaws when it comes to design. Why did Sony look to Canon in designing?
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Old September 11th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #14
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This looks interesting but having two handles doesn't leave an hand free unless you have an extra arm.
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Is this item in stock for shipping? Thanks.
Yes, both the VSB1 and VSB3 are in stock.
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