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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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|Package Height||5.98 x 5.98 x 17.99 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
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
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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
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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 camera mounting platform is solid, strong plastic. It even comes with two addition platform extenders... one to put the camera a little higher than the base platform (by a few inches), and one that puts it out further from you, by about 6-8 inches or so (adjustable, as it has a sliding groove for the mounting screw.)
I was concerned that a device like this would cause the camera to tilt slightly, since it's used on one shoulder or the other. But it seems to keep it in a natural, level position with ease. You can manage slight variations and corrections, if needed of course, yourself.
And it comes with a nice, soft fabric, drawstring carry sack and some sort of wide carry or stabilization strap that I haven't quite figured out yet.
I have seen how others have added simple rail mounts and other components to make a nice camera rig with this support as the base. That is what I plan to do with it, and it seems to be a good, strong base platform for such an undertaking.
...all in all, a great piece of equipment at a bargain price, given how solid and capable this thing is. I wouldn't drop it onto hard surfaces routinely, but for normal use, it should hold up quite nicely for some time.
First of all, this is designed to be worn over the shoulder, which makes it look restrictive. Thats what I assumed before I bought it. However, I was surprised at all the interesting, unconventional ways it can be held. I often hold the front support in one hand while bracing the shoulder pad against my chest, which allows for more vertical angles.
The best thing about this plastic shoulder rig, however, is that you have both hands free to operate the camera! It sounds obvious, but think about it (I'm speaking to DSLR users now). You can spend hundreds, even thousands, on professional rigs decked out with dual or triple handles. Then you start shooting and realize that you need your right hand for camera operation and your left hand for focus pulling. Suddenly you're juggling your shiny expensive rig from hand to hand while your shot bounces around wildly. Well, this fixes that issue. The camera sits comfortably with its weight supported by your chest. Your hands are free to grab focus, open doors, change white balance, or drink a beer.
And that's why this rig is awesome. Its more versatile than it looks, and you can drink a beer while shooting video.