I saw these grips a while back online, but thought they would be something very tiny and not very useful. Turns out these things are quite large and the company who makes it also designs Gun and Rifle type stabilizers. I have yet to see a DSLR + Viewfinder with this handle, but thinking that would look very very cool. Might be a great handle to add to the DIY shoulder rigs.
Fred C. over at TuperHero.com is working on a DIY shoulder rig I believe he's calling the "Tuper-Rig". Based on the RedRock EyeSpy shoulder mount, he's cleverly used some type of L-Bracket to serve as both an offset (for lcd viewfinders), as well as height leveling. Not easily seen in these photos, he's using 2 long aluminum square tubes to make both the handle + shoulder pad fully adjustable sliding forward and back.
Still in progress, Fred sent me these photos of the basic rig layout. If you check out his blog website at http://tuperhero.com, you'll find more information with some way cool drawings and designs of his final plans. Awesome job Fred, and thanks for that huge huge donation to the website too!!
Final questions i'm sure the Cheesycam audience wants to know is, when's it going to be done, and where can they buy one?
Joel C. posted a couple of photos @Facebook on his version of the Cheesycam $20.00 dollar DIY shoulder rig I posted a short while back. I have to admit it came out pretty nice. Of course Joel had to up one on me by adding an LED video light to camera right and a Zoom H4n on camera left. Nice job Joel, thanks for reading the blog and supporting the ideas.
Here's some more useful information for you DIY'ers out there looking to add accessories to your rigs. Most items use a standard 1/4" x 20 thread to mount such as the Zoom H4n. Sometimes they use a Hot Shoe type mount like the LED video lights. Well if you want to add some functionality to make your accessories more modular you can pick up Cold Shoe adapters, 1/4" x 20 threaded cold shoes, or swiveling cold shoe mounts for dirt cheap. Add this to your rig or to your accessories for that super fast on /off action, or to add that finished look to your DIY rigs.
Below are some of my favorite items to use on my DIY projects. Click any of the images to buy them on eBay for about 3-4 dollars.
This item below can be mounted to any of DIY rigs to hold accessories that use a Hot Shoe type mount such as your LED video lights, external monitor, or Video microphones. Click here to purchase the Cold Shoe Adapters.
This next item (below) can be used to turn most accessories into a quick HotShoe mountable item. This is a perfect little add-on for the Zoom H4n since it only uses a threaded insert. Now you can make it HotShoe mountable to mount on top of your 5DM2 or 7D camera (not recommended for 550D or T2i because of the lack of metal body frame). Or use it with the Cold Shoe adapter (above) to mount it anywhere else. Click here to purchase the Tripod Shoe Adapters.
Although this next adapter (below) is mainly used as a Flash holder with Umbrella Bracket, this item can be used to add height to a Rode Video mic on your shoulder rig, or possibly your LED video light. It's also adjustable with it's ball head, so you can get some better angles with your accessories. Click here to purchase the Ball Head Swivel Adapters.
If you're on the super super cheap, you can always grab a Flash Shoe Stand for about $2.00 dollars. These have a cold shoe type mount on top, but also have a 1/4" x 20 thread insert underneath to mount to a Tripod, Light Stand, or any your DIY rig with a simple 1/4" x 20 bolt. Click here to purchase Flash Shoe Stand Adapters.
I was bored, collected a few parts from Home Depot and decided to hack up a quick DIY Offset Shoulder rig. Since DSLR's don't have the flip out LCD option, placement of the ViewFinder needs to be offset. I also added some weights to the rear to help balance things out and it won't feel so heavy on the hands. With the 5D and that Lens it takes a few weights, but for a Canon 550D or T2i you'd probably need a lot less.
Too bad I didn't have time to grab some rubber bike handles. It's no RedRock and yes some say Cheesy (hence the name CheesyRig), but all metal construction, it's pretty solid for something around $20.00 dollars. Hope this gives some ideas on how to make a DIY offset DSLR shoulder rig for us low budget guys. Enjoy and leave comments.
A few bolts are too long, I need to replace them or cut them down. Shown is the Canon 5D Mark II with LCDVF and 85mm F/1.2 . I was using the Canon 7D with Tamron 18-270mm to record this video.
The Above video shows some information about how I modified a cheap Targus Monopod into a very lightweight portable DIY Camera Stabilizer for my 5D Mark II and 7D to shoot video. I used this Targus Monopod which is cheap but works well.This obviously will work for any DSLR and if you want to modify the head into one that flips into Portrait mode, i'm sure it would be a great traveling BodyPod for Photographers too. Remember, this DIY is to 'enhance' practicality of Monopod use while still maintaining full functionality. This is not a 'flying' stabilzer.
Here's the Problem:::
Monopods are great and much lighter to travel with than a Tripod. For some reason though, it sucked having to carry one around because I could never get it to fit into a backpack. I searched and searched and searched for a Monopod that could fold up very short, was lightweight, but could still support my camera when extended. The biggest reason Monopods aren't very compact is because 'When Extended, it should at least be Eye-Level". How compact can you get a Monopod and still get it to be Eye-Level??
So after a bit of thought and a problem I ran into while shooting video in a Vegas Night Club, I came up with the idea of Cutting a Monopod in half and using a Sling as the support foundation. I used this Targus Monopod which is cheap but works well.Straps have long been a great way of support in Shooting Photos, Videos, or even in Rifles. By removing the foot of the Monopod and adding an Eye Screw from Home Depot it was very simple to mount a quick release luggage strap. I could have stopped there, this was pretty nice already, but since I didn't need a Monopod to extend from the Ground to Eye-Level, why not cut it shorter. All I needed was from the hip to Eye-Level. Modifying the Monopod I had was very simple. I slid the foam grip down and found 3 tiny screws. I removed the screws and the head came right off. I measured the length I wanted and cut the Monopod (basically in half). Reattached the Head on and that was pretty much it!!
I went from a 22" folded Monopod to about 10" inches. Now this item travels in Stealth no matter where I go and for the first time ever, I finally have a Monopod that fits inside a backpack. Can't beat that for 15 bucks......
Here's the exact Monopod I used in this video.
I had a quick release plate from a broken Tripod, but If you happen to find a cheap Monopod that does not come with a quick release plate, you can always buy one that attaches directly to standard Monopods such as the ones below.
Sample footage was uploaded at: http://cheesycam.com/?p=116
I'm not saying this DIy shoulder mount should be used with the new DSLR video cameras, but if you're rockin' a Canon HV20 / HV30 / Vixia HD camcorder or similiar sized cameras, this is a simple solution to getting great steady shots for under $20.00 dollars.
I was asked if I had any ideas for a cheap DIY Video camera shoulder support rig that was easy to put together and cheap.
Not recommended for heavy cameras, but for small consumer-cams, I think it's a great DIY Shoulder Mount Project.
Aluminum Flat bar (bend it to fit over the shoulder).
Foam insulation (used for shoulder padding)
Metal 'T' Bracket (combine this with the flat bar)
Handles (I used Jump rope handles because they already had an easy way to mount it to the bracket)
Black Appliance Epoxy paint (much stronger than acrylic)
A few nuts and bolts to hold everything in place.
I think you'll get the idea....
If you're using Canon DSLR's they also sell remotes that I believe may work with starting and stopping video recording.