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24Apr Express35 Inline Shoulder Rig Discount


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Express35 knocks $100 dollars off the Inline Shoulder Rig today. The inline rig gives you room to work with a monitor or EVF off to the side while keeping the majority of the weight closer to your shoulder instead of way out in front of you (which can wear out your arms). The 8″ rods [...]

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19Mar New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods


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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 [...]

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14Aug 90 Degree DSLR Rig Clamps and Spud


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Rigs are often compared to Lego systems, since they can be assembled according to your imagination. It’s hard to justify the cost of industry standard 15mm rigs if all you need it for is to stabilize your camera. You can already do this with a few broomsticks and duct tape.
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10Aug Express35 DSLR Rig – Event


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Here’s a closer look at the inline version of the ‘EVENT’ DSLR rig from Express35. There is so many good things about this rig, but overall you’ll find the price is the best part. Express35 stabilizers are made in the USA, and it’s quality rivals many of the top local DSLR Stabilizer brands, and yet [...]

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17Jul Shoulder Rigs for EVF Shooters


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Now that the SmallHD DP4 and Zacuto EVF have made electronic viewfinders for DSLRs (somewhat) affordable, you’ll see some popularity around straight inline shoulder rigs. Popular DSLR rigs used an offset to place the entire camera in front of the operator. Although DSLRs are light weight, once you add a few items like recorders, lights, [...]

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10May Express35 RigX Preorders Open


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Not sure how many of you remember this article I posted a while back about the RigX bundle from Express35. I asked Chris to put something like this together to work with the cheap shoulder support to offset rails. The offset has been revised since the ‘prototype’ version I received, to add more functionality.
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12Feb Rod’s Budget DSLR Shoulder Rig


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Looks like Rod’s been busy, but it also looks like he’s been saving – some cash. This is originally a short review of the Express35 RigX DSLR shoulder bundle, but i’m catching all kinds of cool budget gear over the entire rig. RigX was a project Chris designed after I mentioned about adapting to rails [...]

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30Jan Adjustable Height DSLR Camera Tripod Base


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Express35.com DSLR Rigs and Accessories
If you aren’t following @express35 via Twitter you might have missed the sneak peek. Looks like this adjustable camera base should be the missing link for those looking to add more vertical height to the camera position. This is a missing component with most rigs which were compensated with battery [...]

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10Jan Express35 Offset Adapter and RigX


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As some of you might have noticed, this blog went a few days without an update. I was busy attending CES – Las Vegas. Since there were several days of event coverage and many hours of walking, we needed to travel light – super light. The area was sooo crowded with what felt like hundreds [...]

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03Jan DIY Adjustable Offset for Cheap Shoulder Support


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Sorry things have been quiet here, but i’m working on packing up for CES (Las Vegas) this week. I want to travel light, so I minimized the amount of parts on a lightweight shoulder rig setup. It’s mostly Express35 rails and clamps on the Cheap Shoulder Support by going straight inline, but I still really [...]

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28Dec Express35 Custom Offset Adapter


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Here’s a basic setup of rails, HD Handles, base plate, and Adapter plate from Express35.com. I emailed Chris about how I like using the cheap $24.00 dollar shoulder support, but you have to be somewhat inventive to create an adapter for offsetting it. I was surprised to hear back that as an experiment Chris setup [...]

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21Dec Common DIY Questions


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The $24.00 dollar shoulder support with Rod mounts are getting a few questions as well as the recent Quick Release adapter posted on this blog. Here’s a look at how i’m using these recently purchased items with my gear.
First a quick look at the cheap Quick Release adapter. It’s not a standard QR adapter with [...]

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15Dec Express35’s – Shoulder Rig Lite


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Express35.com DSLR Shoulder Rigs, Follow Focus, and other Accessories
For anyone who’s ever asked me about a good inexpensive starter DSLR rig taken right off the shelf and ready-to-go, I would have to say my first response was ‘Express35.com’. Today news dropped in about Express35’s new DSLR Shoulder Rig Lite. Ideal for small camera setups [...]

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03Nov Ikan 48 Hour Blowout Sales Event


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Thanks to Darius for reminding me about these once in a while sales from Ikan. Periodically Ikan will have a 48 hour blowout sale discounting very select items from 30-50% off. Sounds like a great deal, but here’s the other catch. Those very minimal select items are also on sale in minimal limited quantities. Today [...]

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05Sep Express35 Killer Trio Stabilizer


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Above: Express35 Duo setup
The Express35 Duo Rig Configuration became wildly popular when ENDmedia shared their video review found here: http://cheesycam.com/express35-fig-rig-config-endmedia/. The video really showed that this setup proved to be really a lightweight, functional, tiny footprint stabilizer. The Duo setup was great, but if you’re looking for that solid third point in stabilization, Express35 has [...]

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05Aug Express35 Fig Rig Config – ENDmedia


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Brendan Cusker over at ENDmedia caught a few posts on Cheesycam about the new Express35 rigs showing up in DSLR world. In the description of Brendan’s video he states he needed a run and gun type stabilizer that will allow him to shoot in clubs along with support for a Follow Focus system. Working with [...]

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