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Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera/Camcorder Action Stabilizing Handle with Accessory Shoe for Flash, Mic, or Video Light (Green)
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- Hold your camera down low or high when filming skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, auto racing, motocross, BMX/FMX, sporting events and even when boating.
- Cushioned finger groove padded foam handle alleviates the stress of lengthy filming and provides a secure grip, as well as non-slip rubber rails for further securing your camera.
- Made out of high-grade heavy duty ABS impact-absorbent plastic which can handle the toughest abuse.
- Removable accessory shoe mount on the top, which can hold your video light, camera flash or external microphone.
- Compatible cameras such as Canon EOS 7D, 6D, 5D Mark III, 5DS Mark IV, 80D, 77D, 70D, 60D, 50D, Rebel T7i, T7s, T6i, T6s, T5i, T4i, T3i, T3, EOS M, Nikon D810, D800, D750, D610, D500, D7500, D7200, D7100, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D3400, D3300, D3200, P7800, V3, V2, J1, Sony Alpha a7S, a7S II, a7 II, a7R II, a7R, a7, a99, a77, a65, a57, a6500, a6300, a6000, Pentax K-5, K-3 II, K-70, K-50, K-30, K-S2, K-S1 and all other cameras with a universal standard tripod mounting screw ¼"- 20.
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The original professional grade stabilizing action grip that allows you to hold your camera down low when filming skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, auto racing, motocross, BMX/FMX and even when boating. Besides just facilitating a novel filming perspective, the X-Grip will steady your shot as well. It can be used with most SLR cameras or camcorders (with max height of 4.5") that feature a 1/4"-20 tripod mount. The 1/4"-20 screw on the bracket is adjustable, to better accommodate cameras of different configurations.It adds adds an extra level of convenience and control to your video production by providing a comfortable top handgrip--and a stable base--to your camcorder or DSLR. Besides just facilitating a novel filming perspective, the X-Grip will steady your shot as well. So when you're ready to pump up a scene's action quotient, shooting from a skateboard, rollerblades or even a bike becomes far less challenging. A hot shoe adapter on the front of the handle allows for convenient mic or light placement, so that even quiet, handheld dialogue scenes will benefit from using Opteka's X-Grip. As an added bonus, the X-Grip is equipped with a removable accessory shoe mount on the top, which can hold your video light, camera flash or external microphone. If you plan to capture action sports from any angle, especially low angles, the X-Grip is a must have.
Fits most cameras and camcorders with a standard 1/4"-20 mount
Perfect for sports or just everyday filming
Cushioned NBR handle alleviates the stress of lengthy filming
High-grade ABS impact-absorbent plastic
Shoe mount for video lights, flashes, or microphones
Non-slip dual rubber rails
Max Camera Height: 4.75”
Dimensions: 8.25 X 9.75 X 3.50 in.
Weight: 12.2 oz (345g)
Opteka X-Grip Handle
Opteka 5 Year Warranty
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The Scorpion is made of metal, the Opteka is thick plastic. For stability and longevity, Advantage: Scorpion
The Scorpion has no shoe accessory for mounting a mic or light, that’ll cost you an extra $18. The shoe accessory can be mounted anywhere on the handle and the shoe plate is adjustable but you gotta use a hex wrench to do it which takes much longer. The Opteka has an included shoe accessory which cannot be moved but the shoe plate is adjustable with the twist of a knob. Advantage: Opteka (Quick side note: the hex wrench was not included with the accessory kit I bought)
The Opteka is tripod-mountable with an included threaded knob. The Scorpion is tripod-mountable after you purchase the cheese plate for about $48. Advantage: Opteka
If you need to mount more than one accessory (eg, light and a mic), you can do that with the Scorpion after you purchase the accessory wing and another shoe accessory or flashner, or you can get the 3-piece kit for another $50. I’ve seen no attachments you can purchase for the Opteka. Advantage: Scorpion, after spending more money. (Quick side note: the accessory wing I ordered was missing a critical screw so it could not be mounted, thus it was essentially useless.)
Color, the Scorpion is black, Opteka comes in a variety of cool colors. Advantage: Opteka
Price (as of this writing): Opteka-$19.95 Scorpion-$63.95 Advantage: Opteka
Overall, if you want a stable handle and room for one accessory, the Opteka is by far the better value. I'm docking it one star for its inability to add additional accessory shoes. If you want to add multiple accessories you gotta go with the Scorpion but its going to cost you. In my humble opinion, Cam Caddie charges WAY too much for their products.
This device is not a stabilizer. The product does absolutely nothing to help stabilize your camera while shooting. What it does, is give you MANY options for holding your camera for multiple angles, and a platform to mount additional devices such as lighting and microphones.
My son and I are photographers and my son uses this frequently for skating video. The handle allows him to hold the camera at a very low angle that would not be possible without the grip.
The mount is a standard quarter inch tripod mount. The design works best with a camera that has a fold-out, tilt lcd panel. We use the mount with these cameras:
Sony HD series camcorder - both work great, but the bottom SD card slots on the sony are blocked so you have to remove to change cards.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera--Neither of these have a tilt lcd so it can be difficult to see the lcd while using this grip. The easy solution is to mount the camera at a slight angle or even sideways, so you can still use the grip and the lcd unobstructed.
GoPro Hero 3
Ricoh WG-4 GPS - both cameras mount without issue. You can mount both of these cameras on the cold shoe mount up top, so the potential is to run two cameras at once: one camera on the regular 1/4 inch mount and one on the cold shoe mount.
The two rails at the bottom allow you to sit the camera down almost anywhere and have a stable base.
The main issue I have with this product is the design and how cheap the materials are. I guess you do get what you pay for. The plastic cover on the bottom is not secured and I kept finding myself readjusting it. I had the product attached to the outside of my camera bag only to learn that the screw to secure to the bottom of the camera fell off. I had to rig using the upper mount screw. This was only the second time I used this.
I think the icing on the cake is the customer service. I reached out asking to see about getting a replacement screw. I received a response a couple of days later asking for pictures. I sent a picture and have not received a response or a replacement part. No response to my follow-up email.
The bottom line is, spend the extra money and save yourself time and purchase a better product.