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CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder Camera DV / DC

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  • Fully adjustable for camcorders and cameras
  • Fits most video cameras
  • Stabilizes and reduces shaking
  • Adjustable to different body sizes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036NMQ7S
  • Item model number: Shoulder Support
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 1, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

The Cowboy Studio lightweight should support for digital video cameras is a great edition to any studio. This lightweight video support helps to eliminate camera shake while recording, at an affordable price. This hot item is an absolute must for anyone serious about getting the perfect shot, time after time. Some of the benefits of the Cowboy Studio Shoulder Support: -Helps you produce smooth, accurate, and effortless shots -Helps to avoid vibration -Cuts down the burden on your arm during a shoot -Can accept any standard mounted camera/camcorder -Can support up to 13lbs

From the Manufacturer

The CowboyStudio Hands Free Shoulder Pad For Camcorders is a great edition to any studio. This lightweight video support helps to eliminate camera shake while recording, at an affordable price. This hot item is an absolute must for anyone serious about getting the perfect shot, time after time.

Tripods prevent camera movement and provide stability for both motion and still photography. A tripod is also helpful in achieving precise framing of the image. Use of a tripod may also allow for an easier approach to photography. In relation to film/video, use of the tripod offers stability within a shot as well as certain desired heights. A tripod of some sort is often necessary for professional photography.

Some of the benefits of the Cowboy Studio Shoulder Support:
Helps you produce smooth, accurate, and effortless shots
Helps to avoid vibration
Cuts down the burden on your arm during a shoot
Can accept any standard mounted camera/camcorder
Can support up to 13lbs

Customer Reviews

Great stability and hand free operation of camera.
Neal Lafrance
It did for a couple of tries but I never got a chance to use it long term.
Joseph Pagano
Made from fairly durable feeling plastic and very lightweight.
Todd E. Hanson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By I. Walker on August 24, 2010
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This little unit pretty much does exactly what it says. You can film without touching/holding the camera, making it easier to zoom, focus, and see where you're going. You can also "hold" the camera longer without fatigue. The brace is plastic, but feels sturdy enough to take any reasonable abuse. The foam covering looks a bit flimsy (both in terms of eventual decay or coming off), but easy to repair in that event. I bought this for DSLR video. It places the camera in a good position for viewing the screen, but a little two far away for using a LCD lounge/eye piece. After playing around a bit, I found I could reverse the middle bracket piece to position the camera perfectly. A word of perspective: this doesn't give you the smoothness of a real steadicam rig. It's attached to your body, so when you breath, it moves.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Mitchell on June 7, 2010
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This thing is awesome. I run two film crews shooting on DSLRs in remote countries with no support with custom rails packages for their accessories, and both kits use this shoulder mount for body stabilization. It's just so versatile! Yes, it is cheap as hell. You could snap it over your knee. But you know what? If you're worried, just buy EIGHT of them for the price of half a RedRock or Cavision or whoever-else shoulder mount. I say again: incredible.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SHCone on December 3, 2010
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I'm a pretty big guy, so this thing isn't the most comfortable, but I know that's because I'm big. It's not a flaw of the device. It's made of plastic, but it doesn't appear to be weak, and it does exactly what it's advertised to do. It's a nice little shoulder mount, especially for the price. This seems to be a rare case of getting a little more than what you paid for. I wouldn't stress the mounting arm too much with a lot of add-ons, though, because, in the end, it's plastic. Great for my T2i/550D and other lightweight DSLR's/camcorders.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyanne M. Bell on July 31, 2011
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Stability: A tripod on the floor gives great stability, but this shoulder support greatly dampens the shake that can come from straight hand holding. Subtle twists of the wrist cause exaggerated up-down, right-left, and tilt motion. With my daughter's wedding coming up, I was looking at various body braces to better stabilize my video camera, thinking that I might make one rather than pay a high price, but then I saw this product. It looked as if it had potential, and the price was low enough to make it worth a try. I certainly wasn't going to make one more economically!

Durability: Some have said that this product is too fragile. For use with my Canon HV-20 and HV-30 cameras, I detect no flexing or likelihood of breakage with normal use. The support seems quite tough, unless one has a very large and heavy camera (which should have its own shoulder support). To break this product, I would have to do it deliberately, over my knee or by standing on it. I do not imagine how it would break in "normal use," unless perhaps an earlier version of the product had a weaker design or material.

Comfort: My back gets tired as I hold a video camera up and ready for a long time. With this shoulder support, I can let my arms and back relax a lot. At a wedding last year, I ran out of steam early in the evening, due to the need to hold the camera up to my eye, and soon I took many shots from a chair or struggled to be in the best positions to capture important moments. At the wedding events of this year, though, this product allowed my camera to hang from my shoulder rather than be held up with my hands. I was even able to rest my arms on the stem, staying ready to shoot, rather than having to hold my arms up all the time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Triple R on December 13, 2010
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Works like a charm, and worth every penny. If you need an affordable and simple way to get your camera up onto your shoulder, this is it. This is probably cheaper than most DIY solutions and it's very comfortable even on longer shoots.

Some of the people who can actually afford the pro shoulder rigs out there are actually using this $24 one in conjunction with their rail system because the supports on this little guy are actually much more ergonomic than the ones that often come with the more expensive stuff. Go Figure.

EDIT: 10 months later and I finally broke the extender piece. Seems like a combination of over tightening and pressing the camera down while using it order to gain stability broke the piece. I'm still able to use the remaining pieces to make something that works, but it's not ideal. I'm buying another one. Totally still worth it.

Be aware, that because the front part of this shoulder mount rests on your chest, you will get some breathing movement in your shot. I didn't realize the first time I took this thing out, but now I know that I just have to control my breathing and be aware of the movement.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 26, 2011
I always keep some cheaper items in my "Production" wish list, as I am always up for giving lesser known brands a shot. CowboyStudio has always been one of those brands. Before I wrote this review, I took a quick look to remind me of the price of this shoulder rig...

DESIGN/QUALITY
First thing I want to talk about is the design. Now the rig itself is not uncomfortable, but it is not particularly comfortable either. I am about 190lbs, and have a broader chest, and the rig is just about right for me. I am not sure a larger person would be comfortable using this, so if you sumo in your spare time, keep looking. The rig is well padded however, and so far the adjustment mechanism has worked like it should. Now the attachments that come with it, however, are a little goofy - there has to be a better way to raise/shift your camera. Since I use this rig mainly for event shooting, and am generally a nimble person, I am ok with it's lack of range in movement, I normally just move myself if needed. That said, out of the box it is not as stable as it should be. I ended up taking apart a CowboyStudio flash L bracket (less than ten bucks) and screwing it on to the bottom of where the camera threads, thus creating a handle. Much better....but probably should have been a stock feature.

RESULTS
Right off the bat, the camera is more steady than hand-held use...in fact by a whole lot. While the rig does pick up the rise and fall of your breathing, this isn't much different than you will find on most news-reporting, and even reality shows, and is whole lot better than SHS (Shaky Hand Syndrome)! If I had spend closer to a hundred bucks on this, I would have been disappointed, but at this price there really isn't much to complain about!

WHY 3 STARS??
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