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Manfrotto 595B Fig Rig Video Camera Stabilizer Support

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  • Circular ring acts as a stabilizer
  • Weighs a mere 3.7 pounds
  • Can be used for multiple functions
  • Award-winning design
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Product Description

Product Description

The Manfrotto Fig Rig camera-stabilizing system was the brainchild of film director Mike Figgis, who employed the idea on many of his award-winning films. Non-traditional in design, simple and effective, the Fig Rig is the only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera while acting as a frame to mount the necessary accessories including zoom controllers, mics, mixers, lights, monitors, arms and more. Essentially a circular frame with crossbar mount for most mini DV cameras, the Fig Rig becomes another body part to produce smooth, steady traveling shots. As the operator walks, their muscles and tendons absorb all the shocks, transferring only fluid movements to the camera. With no straps or harnesses attached to the Fig Rig, quick and wide movements can be made within the same shot from ground-level to overhead, all in one smooth movement. The camera, accessories and operator become one, allowing for quick and unobtrusive filming, allowing for flexibility and expanded creativity. In addition to being a steady support, the Fig Rig is a frame on which to build your video system. Your camera has only one hot-shoe for accessories, limiting you to one light or one monitor. With the Fig Rig, you can mount a number of vital accessories for today's cameras. With the use of the optional 595CLA clamp, you can convert the Fig Rig frame into a fully-loaded roving cine rig precisely positioning your mic or monitor anywhere around your camera. Add on a Manfrotto 521 series remote control and now you have complete fingertip control of zoom and focus. Customize the Fig Rig to your liking. Features: Hand Pads - For a comfortable and secure grip even in the most extreme environments. Cable Clip - Supplied with 4 cable clips to keep all your wires wrapped cleanly around the rig and out of your shot.

From the Manufacturer

After years of using the Fig Rig on his award-winning films, Mike Figgis brought his idea to Manfrotto. An idea that is non-traditional in design, but purely simple and effective. The only modular system in the world to smoothly support the DV camera and act as a frame to mount all the accessories--including zoom controllers, mics, mixers, lights, monitors, and arms. With the use of the optional 595CLA you can convert the Fig Rig frame into a fully loaded roving cine rig precisely positioning your mic or monitor anywhere around your camera. Add on a Manfrotto 521 series remote control and now you have complete fingertip control of zoom and focus. Customize the Fig Rig to your liking. Manfrotto provides the canvas to allow you to create your masterpiece.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 16 x 16 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009Z0WCC
  • Item model number: 595B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Build quality is great.
earliodookie
Definately worth it, to have a cheaper "steadicam", and avoid the shaky-cam look.
James Fox
Definitely for run and gun ENG, indie filmmaking or live action type of work.
Paul Reese

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Fariello on January 9, 2006
As an independent and very low budget filmmaker, I needed a handheld rig that would allow for steady and smooth camera work, would be affordable, and would be versatile enough to use in several applications. I stumble across the Fig Rig while researching handheld rigs. I was very skeptical on how well the Fig Rig would work, considering it is a giant steering wheel. When I went to the photo store to purchase (on spec) the Fig Rig, I laughed out loud and exclaimed "what a piece of crap, this won't work." To my glee, it is friggin' phenomenal. It is lightweight and easy to use. Most importantly it is effective. You can actually run with this thing and produce a usable image comparable to and even better than lightweight Steadycams and FlowCams. Love it love it love it!

Oh by the way, I rigged a Panasonic AG-DVX100 to the rig. Took about 20 seconds to balance and off you go. Not sure how it would work with a heavier camera such as the Cannon XL-1.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2012
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Like A few others, I had this on my wish list for what seems like a year.

It just seems a bit ridiculous buying an aluminum circle for 300 bucks. Once you purchase it, and take it out of the box,that feeling doesn't go away. The pieces while solid just feel cheap, and the plastic clips that come with the wheel just make you feel like you've been had.
As I shot my short however, it was definitely the go to device for covering any sweeps and dolly moves. It does the job. But you will definitely want to consider getting the zoom and focus remotes that you can clip on to the wheel itself since having to stop and refoucus definitely kills the shot. Also, if you try and go for any type of dynamic shot you will definitely need some kinda of external monitor. So out of the box, it does the job, especially if you have steady arms.
I myself found my shots not as amazing stable as it it would be, but it was far better than without it. Also, for me anyway, the wheel just isn't big enough as I realized I more stable holding my arms further apart. So my next purchase would probably be some kind of extended handles.

So in the end, if you plan to do alot of dolly shots, and dont want to fuss with the balancing act of a glidcam, then this will work. It just doesn't work "great" and the price, makes that great feel a bit less.

It did what I needed it to do for the most part, its just really hard to recommend it at that price. 150.00 would have been much more fair. especially since you can recreate the device yourself from hardware parts for under 100 dollars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Fox on September 12, 2009
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I'm not a DP myself, but I bought it for our film after watching the horror film [REC]. We even talked with the DP of that film, Pablo Rosso, who recommended it. We're shooting with the Panasonic HVX200 just as they did, and while I just threw my Sony VX2000 on it to try it out, it was amazing!! Unbelievably lightwieght - - makes you almost wonder where that money is going - - but in the end, it's worth it.

The stability it provides, by having both arms extended, versus have your arms tucked in to your body, holding a shoulder cam is amazing. Even with the weight of the camera, it felt lighter than normal. Definately worth it, to have a cheaper "steadicam", and avoid the shaky-cam look.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Rush on February 10, 2010
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I ultimately decided to go with the figrig over any type of stabalizing arm because of its ability to shoot sideways or upside down. Extremely easy to handle, and it didn't require any construction. It's delivered ready to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P on August 27, 2013
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Very light-weight aluminum, strong construction, and painted with extra-durable powder-coated black finish. Also very versatile for attaching many accessories: LEDs, shotguns, 5-inch monitors, flashes, 3D bubble-level, monopod, etc. I use mine exclusively with the Sony NEX-VG900 camcorder -- making the balancing and steadying of the front-heavy cam with Zeiss SAL2470Z lens much easier to maneauver with the wide-gripping mechanical advantage. With a monopod securely clamped to bottom of rig, I find that it can easily replace my sturdy, heavy-duty tripod in most situations.

The rig's integrated quick-release QR-Adaptor w/Sliding plate makes camera transfer from tripod to fig-rig very quick and easy (assuming you have a Manfrotto tripod or compatibile slide plate).

For those on a tight budget, I recommend replicating the design of this fig rig with a DIY PVC-tubing home-build rig, by following any of the many tutorials found on YouTube, which seem easy to build for less than $50 and having nearly the same functionality. Either way, I strongly recommend the fig rig design for mobile shooting, on the fly takes, and quick setups -- especially when using large, heavy, bulky camera/lenses w/o shoulder mounts. The steadiness of this rig is amazing compared to hand-held use, unless you are naturally very steady, coordinated, and nimble on your feet. And using this rig mounted on a monopod, the improvement in steadiness in shots, zooms, and pans are significant in my opinion.

As if the rig wasn't expensive enough, Manfrotto also offers an attachment clamp (Manfrotto 595CLA Fig Rig Accessory Clamp $50) that is disgustingly expensive for what you get. TIP: search Amazon for comparable clamps for 33-50% the price. I use several black tough bakelite plastic bicycle handlebar clamps for $5 that fit well and look just as professional. Cowboy Studio also has knock-offs for the same clamps at much less than the original Manfrotto price.
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