Cowboy Studio MovieKit with Shoulder Mount, Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder Camera DV/DC
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- One (1) Complete Shoulder Mount
- 1/4" male and female threads are built
- Folded and set up for various purposes
- Metal made, Easy to carry
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This camera rig can be used as shoulder mount and other support, so that you can use it for various methods of photography and video takes. Flexible and adjustable, this rig has four different configurations to simplify shooting video with your DSLR or camcorder. Knobs and the included hex wrench make adjustments quick and easy. Any standard DSLR camera or camcorder with a 1/4" female screw thread can mount onto the rig. Easy for shooting compact shoulder pad. All hand grips and joint are rotatable and adjustable. Real compact shoulder mount for cameramen, easy to shoot. You can mount 7" or 11" arm onto it and then mount lighting or Monitor to use with your DV and DSLR camera. Foam padded grips.
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I assure you, if any purchaser would look at the photo of just how thin the plastic is that holds this entire mount together, they wouldn't dare purchase it. Unfortunately, the beefy plastic piece which is visible gives the impression that it is a sturdy mount, and hides the flimsy attachment point, only capable of inspection AFTER it fails and you lose your camera.
Sure, it's a great price, and in concept it works fairly well. But even if it were free would it be worth risking your precious camera equipment?
In my opinion, all those 5 star reviews are from purchasers who just haven't YET experienced a failure.
This product really should be removed from the market, and, in my opinion, any company who keeps selling this piece of crap, in the face of the scores of negative reviews regarding breakage, just renders ALL their products suspect.
Take my advice and stay away from this, and all the other similar no-brand-name clones. Stick with an all metal construction that is going to take care of your camera!
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. I don't recall being particularly tired or in pain at the end of the reception this time.
The strap: A strap comes with the support, and it forms a secure harness to minimize side to side motion when threaded just under one's arms or looped under one's belt at the back. The camera stays in place quite well when one's arms are lowered. The strap attaches and detaches easily. However, if one is going to have the camera up and down a lot, then the strap isn't critical. The support holds the camera from the shoulder quite well with the strap completely removed, hands free, although don't trust that arrangement too far.
Design: The support has three basic parts, (1) the shoulder hook and torso pad, (2) a straight extension platform, and (3) a camera support arm. It seemed to me that part 2 would hold the camera too far from my face, since I use the eyepiece, so for a short time I used only parts 1 and 3, with part 2 as "extra." Eventually I realized, though, that part 2 should be in place, projecting more or less straight out from the shoulder hook, and then the camera support arm could slide on that platform's long slot, with the arm being turned forward, backward, or any other direction to get good distance, comfortable camera placement, and slightly better height. All three parts should be used in the support all the time, in my opinion. (There weren't instructions, but some things simply work and reveal the design.)
Portability: The support includes a velvet bag with long strings, made to hang from the shoulder, weighing under 2 lbs. total. Loosen the screw that holds the extension arm and rotate the arm until it is over the shoulder hook, to shorten the apparatus. Collapse the hook/torso pad. With these two quick size reductions, the assembled support fits into the bag for easy carrying.
I bought one of these, and as soon as I understood it well, I bought another as a gift for my sister, who takes videos as well. I've had this product for a couple of months, and I see it as a valuable and reliable part of my equipment.
The one improvement I would make is that the front arm could be about an inch longer, but that's not a big deal and it's the only complaint I have after some real usage then, this thing will get 5 stars.