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I really wanted to like this....
on May 24, 2013
I'm an amateur videographer who mainly does youtube videos for marketing purposes. I use a pro DSLR + Lens
On paper, this rig looks great - Everything you need for $100. How hard can it be to machine a few parts???
Apparently, quite hard. Here's what sucks:
1. My shoulder mount arrived broken, this is more of an FYI, because I really don't like reviews that talk about defective units
2. The counterweight is useless.
3. The grips are VERY flimsy.
4. Everything is put together poorly.
That said, if you use it VERY infrequently, it will probably be ok. Also, it's *almost* worth $100 for the baseplate and rods alone. At $50, I would have kept it.
This is by far the cheapest solution out there, but if you want something that you'll be able to use for a while, I recommend building your own. Check out Smallrig parts, which are also cheap, but of very high quality.