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Not quite sure what this guy is, but I found it while doing my daily cruises on eBay. It looks like it's on an estate auction which means it's something that isn't made any longer. It's a camera support system that folds up and is adjustable through a weird telescoping method. Pretty cool, but I wouldn't pay that auction price. Check out the auction here (unless it's already expired by the time you read this).

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Jeff Ello sent this photo in to share his build of the Cheesy DSLR Cage I posted about. It's a Behind the Scenes snapshot of a short flick titled 'Disorient'. Seen in this photo is the recent DIY DSLR Cage / Fig Rig / Stabilizer that was also featured on Cinema5d.com. Jeff made some additional modifications with free swinging handles on the side. I've asked Jeff to send in more photos and information about his project and his rig. The strut channel works perfectly for mounting accessories such as the LCD monitor Jeff has in his image. Very cool! If you haven't checked out the DIY Cage, read my article here: http://cheesycam.com/?p=966

Now i'm not always very clear about my DIY builds, so Marcus V Warner & Brian created their version of the CheesyCam DIY DSLR Cage with alot more detail on the parts list. I'm calling this the LP version because they really get thorough on the build and it's about 20 minutes or so. So if you can't get through understanding my video, check out Vimeo user Vitaphone's below.

They even have a detailed parts list on their Video page at: http://vimeo.com/12362135

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The design itself isn't totally new. There's been similar designs out there for years, but this shoulder rig does come with a special offset type mount for DSLRs. It also has adjustable mounts to align to different body types. Unlike the cheaper models, this shoulder pad area comes with different slots somewhat 'cheesy plate' style for you to mount several different type of accessories. Not a bad price either, and I'm fond of the black and red (Canon color Scheme). Check out the prices for HabbyCam SD Shoulder Mount rig for DSLR's here.

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The Hague MMC ( Mini Motion Cam ) is a small stabilizer similar to the Steadicam Merlin design by Garrett Brown. It was ruled out in my books as being totally unsuitable as a Camera Stabilizer for DSLR's when I first tried it out. The Hague stabilizer is small, lightweight, and cheaper than most other similar stabilizers, but it just couldn't handle the weight of the 5DM2 or 7D. Well after receiving the Canon T2i with Kit lens, weight is no longer a problem. The HD video quality from the T2i being similar to the Canon 7D, I'm happy to put this Hague MMC back in my hands as a Stealthy little stabilizer.If you're an owner of the new Canon T2i a.k.a 550D with the 18-55mm kit lens, and want to get into a stabilizer check out th Hague MMC. Click Here..

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There are two things i'm playing with in this video. The first is the LCDVF from jag35.com which is a View Finder adapter that magnifies your lcd so that you can clearly see what's in focus or not. (Similar to Z-Finder by Zacuto, but cheaper). It came with two mounts which work great for my 5D Mark II & 7D.

The Second is a cheap $30.00 dollar Shoulder Support from Amazon.
If you prefer eBay over Amazon, grab the item here!!

Well the LCDVF works awesome but I was a bit unsteady shooting handheld and focusing at the same time. I needed a bit more supprt, but something not too professional looking so that I can take around in public places. I saw this video http://vimeo.com/1658379 and decided to grab one.

I decided to order one for $24.00 dollars. Well I guess I can't complain. It supports the weight of the camera so that I can concentrate on focusing. For someone who's just starting out, $24.00 dollars is not a bad deal... Here's a link.

Here's the product.
You can find the shoulder support from eBay by clicking this link, or the image below.

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This item below is the Hoodman loupe. They also sell bands to mount it to a DSLR to help you see the LCD and focus better. This is cheaper than the LCDVF or the ZFINDER (from Zacuto).

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These videos are related to a Hybrid Steadicam (Merlin) Vest + Glidecam HD 4000 video camera stabilizer. I had to create a DIY adapter to 'mate' the two different systems together, but very happy so far with the results.

First video is what it sorta looks like (to date).

Second Video shows the DIY adapter up close (and very personal).

Third Video shows some sample use of the rig (at home).

Video #2 was shot with my 7D + Tamron 18-270 (fun cheap lens).

Thanks for the questions and comments BTW, I'm glad people find some of the random stuff I do useful.

Question: Why not just get the Glidecam Vest?
Answer: I have already owned the Steadicam Vest + Merlin, and the vest works awesome. Very light, slim, easy to put on, and allows me to get through narrow doors. It's a 'beast' and other than getting the two to mate, there is absolutely no reason the vest COULD NOT fly this Glidecam.

AND!!!! The Steadicam dual arm Vest is way cheaper than the price of the Glidecam dual arm vest. This Hybrid configuration will save you big bucks and works awesome.

Steadicam + Merlin = 2300?
Glidecam X-10 Vest + 4000 Pro = 2300?

I'm using the Steadicam Merlin Vest + Glidecam HD4000.
Canon 5D Mark II, Battery Grip, Samson Zoom H4n Portable Recorder, and Rode VideoMic. I'm planning on mounting a shoulder rig with quick release for everything on top, and possible LCD monitor at the bottom. It feels like this vest config can hold alot more than it does today. ""UPDATE. I got an awesome monitor, check it out"""

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