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Cam Caddie Scorpion EX Video Camera Stabilizing Handle with Included Smartphone and GoPro Compatible Mounts - Black (0CC-0100-EX)
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- Scorpion EX Also Includes: (1) Accessory Shoe and (1) 1/4-20 Theaded Mount Knob
- Universal design works with virtually any camera Including: DSLR, Video Cameras, Smartphones, and GoPro Hero Cameras
- Professionally crafted allowing for single hand operation even with multiple mounted acessories
- Scorpion EX comes with threaded feet for easy tripod mounting options
- Optional Attachment Accessories: Flashes, LED Lights, Microphones, Monitors, Lavaliere Receivers, XLR Input Boxes, and more
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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 4.25 x 12 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.8 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||30 day|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Specification Met||Energy Star Certified|
|Style Name||Scorpion EX|
The Cam Caddie Scorpion EX is constructed from a lightweight composite with our custom formulated polymer grip. The Scorpion EX provides a stable and solid platform to comfortably hold and maneuver the camera. The patented design displaces the weight of your gear enabling a stable support rig that dampens movement while shooting. The system can facilitate moves that look like a professional camera stabilizer or jib arm. Scorpion EX Includes: (1) GoPro Mount, (1) Smartphone Adapter, (1) Accessory Shoe and (1) 1/4-20 Theaded Mount Knob
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The Cam Caddie Scorpion EX was designed with the professional photographer in mind. Constructed from a lightweight composite material with our custom formulated polymer grip. The Scorpion EX provides a stable and solid platform to comfortably hold and maneuver the camera. The patented design displaces the weight of your gear enabling a stable support rig that dampens movement while shooting. The system can facilitate moves that look like a professional camera stabilizer or jib arm.
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I think the big question when you're building a budget HDSLR rig is how you want to structure everything. There are multitudes of cages and accessory mounts that let you add mics, lights, capture devices, monitors, audio recorders, and whatever else you might need to your HDSLR. I had personally been "auditioning" setups for for my own shooting setup for years without really feeling terribly confident about any single piece of tech. I was haunting various shooter sites, cheesycam, etc., trying to find the right setup for documentary and flexible shooting I do. Many of the inexpensive cages I saw colleagues buy seemed really poorly constructed, and may of the pricier ones, although they added great options with regard to focus wheels and rails, and accessory mounts were too complex for the kind of shooting I do, which requires mobility and a sort of "run and gun" where the camera is on the cage and off of it quickly.
This is where the Cam Caddie Scorpion EX excels beyond expectations. For the price of a low end cage, you get a solid, multi-use mount with a proven track record of build quality, a wide range of well-planned accessories (the cheese plate? c'mon! that's fantastic!), and a simple method for setup/teardown at its heart. It fits in most bags and backpacks, or can be tied to the back of them without concern. It can support your rig as a simple handle, can be shoulder mounted (with the optional shoulder mount accessory), or can be used on your tripod with the cheseplate (also optional). It comes with a shoe mount that can be moved around along the handle, and multiple can be added (I personally bought two extras). There are a ton of examples of how to use it with shoe extenders, mics, lights, monitors, audio and video recorders over on their site, another valuable resource that only applies to this unit. This thing, basically, is a solid core to your budget rig that gives you access to high quality, proven accessories from an established company that cares about the quality of their product and has field tested it thoroughly in order to prove its usefulness and durability.
This thing was born in the skate video world, sure, but so many HDSLR shooters have to run and gun these days that the form factor makes a ton of sense for daily use. And anyway, look at the directors who got their start in skate vids, like Spike Jonze and Adam Powell. Innovation happens in the low tech, lo-fi, and migrates up into the practical world of daily shooting. We've seen that pattern over and over again. Heck, it's what the HDSLR thing is all about, right? That's what the Cam Caddie is all about, too. Get in there and get dirty. That's why this thing is so great.
The Cam Caddie Scorpion EX, even if you plan on one day abandoning it for some other fancier rig, is a solid piece for your kit. I'll bet, though, even after rigging up with gyro-balanced, focus-pulling, automated video drones or whatever you've got your eyes on, the solid simplicity of this thing will keep you coming back to it when you head out into the world to get shots.
One piece of advice: Get the EX. You may be tempted to save a few bucks and not get the drilled feet that allow you to mount the cheeseplate, but trust me, you'll love the flexibility that adds.
One of the best features of the Cam Caddie is the ability to carry your camera with one hand. It made shooting video a breeze, because we could turn on the camera and then walk naturally while filming. Taking shots with a telephoto lens was so much easier because I could use two hands spread further apart to minimize the shaking that usually occurs.
We both took a lot of photos while we were in Quebec and now we are ready to plan our next book photo shoot, because we know how much more we can do with the Cam Caddie in our photographer's toolbox!
Construction is rock solid, lots of accessories and this item is, very much so, worth the added cost over other U-handle devices out there. To my knowledge it is the only one with the 1/4-20 threads in the feet.
Stability: If you are using a DSLR (I use the Canon T3i), you're going to need to buy more accessories besides the Cam Caddie Scorpion itself. It's going to be very shaky if held by one hand, and still a little bit weird when you hold it with two. If you're going to buy this for a DSLR, buy the Cold Shoe Attachment too (it's the green thing. But if you're using any other light weight video cameras, this should do pretty fine.
I found myself filming more stable footage without the Cam Caddie than with the Cam Caddie.
If you're using this for skateboarding, you're going to have to buy the Cold Shoe Attachment.
If you really need a handle, this is the product to buy (and the attachments of course.)
This is a great entry-level handle for new camera users. A satisfactory product.
I'm giving this 4 stars because it requires you to buy the Cold Shoe Attachment to improve the stability for DSLRs.