New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods

The great thing about building your own rig is being able to design it specifically for your own needs. Of course most of how we assemble things together are based on what products are available to us. When we're introduced to new products, it opens up so much more possibilities. Industry standard 15mm rails are great for building form and support for your cameras, but here's a new concept that also add more function.


The P&C Swiss Rod has a few inches of 15mm rod on each end, and in the middle are alternating threaded and non-threaded holes. The pass through is designed so that items like a hot shoe can be positioned correctly before tightening. The male/female ends of the Swiss Rod are industry standard and can be used to extend (attach) to other manufacturer rods like Gini, Letus, and I believe even Zacuto, and more. The wide squarish design of the rod also helps nano clamps from slipping.


Even if you're not trying to replace rails on your build, by just adding a single P&C Swiss Rod, you open up totally new mounting options. The 1/4" studs can always be stepped up to 3/8" if needed. Taking advantage of the basic threaded ports, we've also found creative ways to mount the Swiss Rods on light stands or on the hot shoe of the camera to hold many accessories. With several items attached to one rod, the entire rod becomes a quick release system mounted to a simple 15mm clamp. The rods will be available from


87 thoughts on “New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods

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  2. Emm

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    @cliff - There are a variety of iPhone tripod clamps you can use, and as long as it has a 1/4x20 thread, it will work on the grip.

  3. cliff


    I have 2 of them of the best P-grips ive ever purchased! i own a P-grip graveyard lol.

    i also have some of the articulating arms can i use this combo to make a iphone stabilizer grip? a secure one?

  4. Thank you, Emm, Habez, and Tom for the clamp info. (FYI, I'm thinking of using the one Habez links to, to mount rigwheels to my CPM cage. The CPM clamps are $20 each, which seems kinda high.)

    I'll also be buying a Swiss rod, Emm. 😉

  5. cliff

    Looks like a great guys make good stuf and cheap at that.

    .........any chance at the PALO ALTO reappearing soon? lord i need one of those.

    even more so a steady handle for the iphone.the zacuto one is wwwwaayyy too high.

  6. jon

    Finally I get why this site is called CheesyCam! My rig will smell like Roquefort with these on 😉

    Great idea, Emm! Truly inventive and I will pick up one of these once the off shore option is good to go!

  7. Matthew

    I would like to see this bundled with everything you need to use it for a top handle. Maybe that is just my personal need for a top handle speaking.

  8. On paper this looks like a terrific product, and obviously it was born out of the mind of a user. If it comes in at the right price, of course I'm going to try it and if it works well, I'll probably be picking more than one.

    Mounting accessories on the rods it's never an easy proposition, as some of the clamps drift or don't have enough grip or if you use those blocks that attach to both rods, you're adding cost and weight. Is this one solid piece of metal or a standard m to f rod with that "swiss cheese" metal jacket around it?

  9. Tom

    I'm definitely buying this when it comes out. Anyone know where to find these c-brackets that Emm shows off in the video, at more reasonable prices? The only ones I've seen on Ebay is at about $100. I was hoping to find one for less than 50, doesn't seem all that complicated...

  10. Tom

    @mmgodfrey, just search for "rod" & "clamp" on ebay and you will find many options. Amazon has some options too.

  11. Rob

    Thank you Emm. Once again you have created a practical solution for the operator. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.

  12. Habez


    Theres are the clamps i currently use:

    The main (and only problem) that i find with clamps are that if you mount say, a friction arm with monitor horizontally on your rig with a clamp, the weight might just twist the whole clamp downwards.

    You really need to tighten it like crazy to keep it solid.

    Thats why i am interested in these rods since they twist onto another rod itself, they will probably do as they are told. 😀

  13. The Swiss rod looks like a great idea to me, too.

    A few people have mentioned inexpensive clamps for 15mm rods. Can anyone please link me to where I can get these? Thanks!

  14. Tiko

    Hey Emm, the Gini FF fits more nicely if you put it on the left rod (still keeping the unit on the right side). Just a thought.

  15. Austin

    Any chance of a package deal with a 1-3 of these and a friction arm? Still need to buy a friction arm (or two) and waiting for these rods to go on sale.

  16. Luke

    Really $30-$40??? Wow I can get at least 3-4!!!!

    Like soeone else said if zacuto developed this,it would be $800!!!

  17. Luke

    I want two of the palo altos too.. And I'm waiting for price on the Swiss rods so I will know how many I can afford...

    I hope price is low so I can get a few...

  18. B V

    that would be a good price... I'd buy one for that... whats up with their cage? will they make it with one of these as one of the uprights? and some cheese plate on top with a riser mount? here's hoping.

  19. Emm

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    @Altamiradora - You put a rod down the middle then you wont have pass through ports.

  20. Altamiradora

    Nice idea but it misses the point !

    I don't need the whole rod ! Just give me the "cheese" part and I'll slide it on my own rods.

    I've got carbon fiber rods that don't have threads on either ends.

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