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Old August 31st, 2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Minimal Shoulder rig for FS700

I have been working on a few different kits for the 700. And I was just talking to one of my old customers and he was saying he really wants a minimal super light compact shoulder kit for the 700.

I have been thinking along those lines as well, I have the design for the bigger system with 15mm rails, AB batts etc done, it will be available in the next 10 days or so.

So I took a couple hrs and came up with this.

It is as small as I can possible make it and pretty comfortable as well.

The quick release plate holder can slide backward and forward. I will probably add a "wing" in the back for a wireless receiver or NanoFlash or whatever and also so you can hold the camera against your chest w/o upsetting any cables coming out of the back.

There is a support for the Metabones adapter that comes off with a thumbscrew. The same slot can hold a thumb screw that attaches to the Sony EA2 (is that right?) adapter. This will make your lenses more stable. I will also offer a lens support that can be extended like on my bigger kits.

I am sending this one out to my customer for evaluation along with the handle extender, you really need that to make this a comfortable rig. It is available here:
Sony FS700 handle extension

Any comments?

The kit will probably cost about $200.00 and the EVF holder in these photos is $185.00. I have a bigger one for the DP4 (it is heavy and it needs 2 attach points on the monitor so it does not flex) that will cost $225.00.

If there is a bit of interest in this lean kit I will make a batch. So please let me know if any of you are interested in the lean 700 kit.

And if anyone has any thoughts on how to improve it please let me know.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:49 AM   #2
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Re: Minimal Shoulder rig for FS700

HI Olof,

Hope all is well, nice to see you expanding.

I have interest in the FS700 for one of my clients, so nice to see you coming up with a light shoulder kit. Makes sense to me to have the battery off behind the shoulder to help with balance.

Will email on a few different questions with the camera.
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Old September 4th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Minimal Shoulder rig for FS700

Olof - I am definitely in the market for something like this. Almost of all of my shooting is ENG style. I have been looking at the Movcam and 3ality Elements rigs, but they are expensive.

Your kit looks almost perfect - the only exception being that the 3ality "mantis arm" looks quite a bit more adjustable, and it would be really nice to place the handle down, out, and *under* the camera's center of gravity.
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