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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|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 3.54 x 5.51 inches|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.6 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible design. You'll need two hands to hold this giant "steering wheel" and a third one to zoom, focus, tun on, off and basically work the camera. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Arnold
Incredibly nimble product. An ingenious design takes the weight off your arms, and the natural draw-down of gravity stabilizes the camera.Published 18 months ago by Jim McClellan
This thing is great for tight spots - its lets you make turn and maneuvers otherwise impossible. This is NOT a Steadicam but it will make your footage more stable. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Andy
Wow...what can I say? The Fig Rig is awesome. I've had mine for about 6 years and use it every time I am shooting handheld.
Really adds a pro handheld look to your footage. Read more