The Gini Rig Arrives from Korea

If you've been looking for DSLR rigs, i'm sure you've heard about the Korean DSLR Rig manufacturer Gini. The photo gallery (above) has two pages, so click the #2 to see more images. If you haven't heard of the DSLR Rig manufacturer from Korea, you can find all the available products here: Korean DSLR Rig, Rods, Clamps, Handles, Stabilizers

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I'm about to write an article about a piece of DSLR gear that will sound like it belongs in a Playboy magazine. All the information out there on the web say the Korean DSLR rig manufacturer is just as good as the other guys sporting a Red and Black theme. I'm here to tell you that's all true. Sure the prices aren't dirt cheap, but the quality is outstanding, and keep reading to find out why i'm writing this. I'm sitting here with a huge package of clamps, rods, mounts, handles, and other odd shaped pieces of machined aluminum. Every single piece is carefully detailed, with high quality anodized coloring, and an outstanding flat brushed like finish. If you've ever dealt with manufacturing parts, you'd probably see this more as a fine work of art, than just pieces of equipment. The handles are as large as my hands with a smooth contoured finish that makes it easy and comfortable to grasp. There's nothing cheap on this rig, right down to the tiny bolts.

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Sure, these rigs are nothing new and the seller has been out there for years. So why am I talking about this, and why am I currently infatuated with this new rig? I got it for a steal, and I mean literally a steal. I do eBay all the time, but this is the first time i've won an auction for something I thought I wouldn't receive. DSLR Rig sales on eBay have slowed down alot. The market is definitely saturated and everyone is finding new ways to build up custom rigs. Fortunately the seller Gini continues to market solely through eBay with a combination of 'Buy it Now', 'Best Offer', and 'Auction' type listings. There's a slew of different rigs being sold at different prices. I started by throwing in extremely cheap 'Best Offers' at a few different rigs. I was obviously denied, and fairly quickly I might add. Next I moved on to the actual Auctions listings where you throw in a bid, and surprisingly there's no reserve. I went straight for the big $1500 dollar package that offered so many different pieces. There's no denying a bid like the 'Best Offer' listings. Once the bid is in, it's in. The only way to get out of the sale is to be outbid. A few hours later, holy crap, I won the auction.

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No communication came in about my payment being received, or any shipping information. Since it's an over seas sale, I decided to give him some time. 10 days after I won the auction, here I am talking about it. There's plenty of options for DSLR rigs, but not many of them offer 'Best Offer' and bid type 'Auctions'. If you've already got a budget set aside for a rig you're saving up for, you might want to throw in a few bids or leave some Best Offers with Gini. You never know what you can end up with, and for what price. I'm not going to talk about what I received my package for, but if you're an avid eBayer, it's an easy look up through the 'Completed Listings' advanced search option. You can easily see what rigs have sold, for what prices, and what offers were accepted. There's no doubt that I got lucky on this auction, but i'm glad Gini stood behind the auction and honored the sale. The item shipped fast, and also included a package labeled 'Gift' with a bunch of extra rods. (shown in the photos).

If you're looking to take a chance, and get lucky, click on any of the images in this article, or check out the new listings for these luxurious DSLR rigs: Click here for Pricing on Korean DSLR Rig, Rods, Clamps, Handles, Stabilizers

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105 thoughts on “The Gini Rig Arrives from Korea

  1. Fdub

    Man am I glad I found this thread. I just purchased a Cadillac rig. Christmas sale extreme-17 focus set. Ebay link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250963777241 I took the advice from previous posts and bid on rig from the ebay store. It had a “buy now” price of $1550 with a starting bid of $399. There were no bids with about 6 hours and 45 minutes left, so I bid the minimum and won. Shipping was $75. Thanks CheesyCam!!!

  2. Michael F

    Took your advice and bid on an "Extreme 1700" rig from the ebay store...it had a "buy now" price of $1350 with a starting bid of $299. There were no bids with 45 minutes left, so I bid the minimum and won. Shipping was $65, and I now have it in my hands less than five full days later! Amazing. The build quality looks great! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Shadi

    @emm funny thing I read this opinion in an earlier comment of yours.. but i could say no to the $200 in savings you're right..

    but ... i blame it on gini for if they didn't have way cheaper prices on their website, i wouldn't have hesitated.

  4. Emm

    Post author

    @Shadi - I consistently tell people over and over, that you should only buy via eBay. I am very aware of the website, but never suggest anyone buy anywhere but eBay. Sounds like if you stuck to eBay you would have been O.K.

  5. like everybody else i got excited and wanted to order one of those wonder gini rigs today...so my horror story goes as follows;

    I bid on the EXTREME 17 PLUS for 550$ , then realized they have a website (http://www.gini1.com), saw the same rig for 377$ , after that I won the bid (was the only bidder) ... sent them an email if they can adjust the ebay price to match their website's, they said no but they can cancel the ebay bid so that i can buy from the website...10 minutes later ebay bid cancelled, and suddenly website price increased to $950 !!

    also...shipping cost for ebay through 75$ ...but through website it was 125$ .

    this pricing mess is not good for their credibility and reputation especially if you have a bad experience . all in all... very bad experience and playing dirty sums up gini rigs for me.

  6. Alex

    Hello there,
    Thanks for the writeup. Would be great to do a follow up after you've used it too!

    Here's a tip for all wannabe DSLR rig owners. Manufacturers like Gini continue to manufacture, theres no shortage of rigs to buy. They seem to set all their "buy it now" prices quite high and openin bids quite low. So, if you want a rig, bif on one with no bids. If you see one that's already bid, leave it to the guy who already bidded to get a good deal. If everyone does that, we'll all get a good deal! =^>
    Just a thought for us no budgeters to help eachother out.
    Alex

  7. Michael

    I went to the Gini web site and he was offering the Extreme -17 at $399. I thought about it for a week and on returning to the site the price had dropped to $359. I bought it through Paypal and it arrived in UK within five days. Shipping, brokerage and duty took the price up but it came to less than £300 in total. I also received and e-mail from him informing me of shipment. Well delighted.
    Two weeks later, I discovered your review!

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  9. drew

    We did an auction for a one of the gini rigs (really wanted the DSLR baseplate). It turns out the rails work with our Chrosziel rails too (extenders screw in).. otherwise the parts are solid if a bit heavy, not as refined as RedRock micro but for the price you can't argue.

  10. Emm

    Post author

    @DamirK - These rigs are all industry standard. You can always add a top handle to any rig you get later. You can get rods and handles from many different companies.

  11. I would only by over eBay... I am just searching YT and Vimeo to see it in action, still deciding if it's best option for me.

    Can Extreme 17 be carried from the top? Any way to add a top handle?

    Or should I go for K-5?? To be able to use it for low angles?

  12. Emm

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    @DamirK - I suggest buying only through eBay for the best protection on placing orders.

  13. I've seen that, not much bidding on auctions... 2 were ending last night, but I did not know much about them, so I was not ready to order :) Have been researching a bit last night... might wait for the next auction.

    What made me ask here are prices on their web site...

  14. baramed

    I follow the link in the ebay store, I will wait a little more. Thanks for your answer!

  15. Joel Ailes

    Great!

    I just stumbled onto your site a few days ago and it is terrific.

    The $125 Crane that you reviewed will be one my next purchases.

    Keep up the great work and thanks a lot!

  16. Emm

    Post author

    @Joel Ailes - Yes same rig. I sold off pieces I didn't need so overall I got a kick-butt rig for cheap. No tax to California and yes same seller.

  17. Joel Ailes

    Emm:

    I just bought this rig:

    http://bit.ly/iWYqrF

    Is this the same model you bought?
    Is this a different seller?
    Was there any customs tax levied (as this seller mentions that although there is no shipping cost, he notes the buyer is responsible for customs fees).

    Thanks!

  18. A. David Shaw

    I just received the new Extreme 17 plus rig, this is very impressive to use. I had no problems getting it, as a matter of fact I received it in 3 business days. Thanks for pointing out this awesome rig.

  19. Shlo

    An update for my last post. It turns out Gini was sick and in the hospital. Since then he has been super responsive to my emails and incredibly helpful. So please disregard my statement that it is difficult to get in touch.

  20. Shlo

    One thing I will say is that communicating with the guy from Gini Rigs is virtually impossible. While I got my rig very quickly and the quality was great, I've wanted to pick up a few extra parts. He hasn't returned any of my numerous emails.

  21. Hey all, Thanks cheesycam for the great info! I came across this rig just searching on ebay, and when I saw the Z 7 rig at a low best offer price, I bit right on it! A few hours later, I got a message that I won. On that bright sunny Tuesday I made the purchase, and on Monday the box arrived on my doorstep! How this item got from Korea to the East coast that quickly…. I do not know, but I did not complain! :) I didnt get instructions, but looking at the pictures on ebay… I pieced it together! And I must at, this definitely was a bang for my buck!!! The price was great, shipping was perfect, and the communication with the seller was really smooth! I purchased a $59 viewfinder, and with these two items I look like the pros who spend $1,000 on their stuff!!! I would recommend, and if anyone wants to see the video… check out youtube.com/lasdirections in a few days!

  22. Shlo

    I just got the DSLR Pro 10. It arrived at my front door just 4 days after I won the auction. I've been using a friend's Zacuto Double Barrel for a couple of weeks and decided to give the Gini Rig a shot.

    So far I am more than impressed. The quality is absolutely 100% on par with zacuto. I do wish the handles were a bit longer. The zacuto handles can screw into any rods and the rods on the Double Barrel are about 3" longer than on the Gini Rigs. However, I've figured out how to lengthen the handles with a few more, cheap parts that I hope to order from Gini Rigs (given the language barrier isn't too difficult).

    Considering the quality and how easily modifiable these rigs are, I'd definitely recommend it. The only other rig I'd consider is the Express35 offset.

  23. Emm

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    @Patrizio - Not sure what you mean, that's never happened with me nor have I heard anything about that. I'm not sure where you're getting the information from.

  24. Patrizio

    I love this site, but am becoming concerned with the Gini links. The link takes you to super gouged priced rigs. When you do see one that is competitively priced and bid, Gini plays a game of messaging you with a bait and switch rig. First saying you have a second chance, then changing the rig and shipping costs. Yikes! I hate to see cheesycam get used by the dark side.

  25. ed

    Has anyone had any luck ordering multiple parts from these guys?
    I want the DSLR baseplate, and two lens supports but i can't seem to combine shipping. ebay site doesn't allow it. and their website wont let you select the lens supports.
    I've sent them numerous questions about this on ebay but I can't get a response...

  26. Larry Farkas

    I am the last guy to criticize a guy for trying to eek out an existence in the present day world.

    However, if you sell something for next to nothing, you will make next to nothing. Given this fact, how do maintain the resources to improve your product, correct problems the customer may have or anything else for that matter?

    I myself am in the midst of a design/production cycle which is proving itself a challenge.

    Sure I'll get it done, but how much more will it cost and will I be able to amortize those cost over a reasonable product-life scenario?

    I built one of the first DSLR video rigs four years ago.

  27. Mike Chenoweth

    Received my DSLR PRO 10 Rig yesterday - Ordered on the 2nd, had it on the 6th to Utah. So far, pretty impressed. Time will tell if this is a contender to the big guys but overall, for the cost $274 with shipping, it's a pretty smoking deal.

    The rubber shoulder pad stinks so bad that I hope I don't get chemical burns on my shoulder - did a little scrub down and it's a bit better.

    The new handles on these rigs ( much like the Z-guys ) are machined and not a cast plastic type - beefier and better quality than the Z handles. Aside from that, again... time will tell.

    Happy thus far. :)

  28. dbop

    The "Gini" company is a bunch of jerks. I ordered the K1 rig. 4 days later they email me: "The homepage is still under construction and does not mention the shipping fee.
    An addition $75 is needed for shipping."
    Not my fault their webpage doesn't work.

  29. Emm

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    @Jeromie - Normal shipping prices from the auctions are pretty high, but once the item ships it gets here pretty quick. I know all about the other websites that have been selling Gini stuff in the past, but i've not once ever advised anyone to buy from there. I only suggest dealing with eBay and Paypal.

  30. Jeromie Whalen

    What happened to these rigs? Are there others that are similar in price you would recommend? Looks like they don't exist anymore.

  31. I recently picked up one of these rigs on eBay. I don't think I got quite the deal that others have gotten but easily saved myself 1k or so over the price of other black and red rigs and hundreds over the less expensive US ones, the build quality is top notch, not the cheapest but a great compromise that hits the right spot in price and performance. In fact, I bought on eBay on a Monday and had the product show up this morning.

    Highly recommended. Excellent value.

  32. weelian

    I ordered 2 rigs from his new ebay shop eBay Seller with Gini DSLR Support Rigs and Parts

    For those not minding his higher prices at ebay, I'd suggest bidding at the lowest and wait for it, even if your are out bid, there will be new rigs listed at lower prices almost immediately, or he will offer to sell another set to me at my bid price.

  33. Martin Mestre

    hi, great site....

    looking to get a gini rig, any suggestions? not on ebay...

    thanks

    keep up the great work

  34. Can anyone give me the full weight of the EXTERAM-17 package? I've got one on order and am trying to configure a support package. I doubt I'll use all the pieces, but I'm trying to get an idea of how much weight I'm in for-- worst case scenario. Thanks in advance!

  35. spaceflows

    Anybody having issue with the rods getting a little too slippery/loose in the shoulder pad and spinning/twisting a bit?

  36. Shaz

    Ok, after waiting god knows how many days (i think 20 days) my Extreme 17 Rig finally arrived. No instructions, but after about an hour i figured the look from the pic on ebay. Now im tweaking it to suit me. I think gini could really do with maybe adding clip on for some things as you have to take a lot apart to get to one thing. The materials are well made tho and i dont think i'd pay the extortion prices that some people sell there gear for.....(Redrock, zacuto..etc) when theres this amazing company producing rigs for realistic prices.
    Can't wait to get into the field with my new Gini Rig!

  37. Emm

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    Thanks Carey, you'll want to keep up with the blog. After posting anything on this site, prices usually go up. LOL. If you're quick you can take advantage of some of the cheap finds posted on here.

  38. Well I just won an auction for the Exteram-17 rig on eBay. at $580 + 105 shipping I think I probably paid quite a bit more than Emm or some of you, but Gini seems to have raised his minimum pricing quite a bit since this post. Heck, his auctions actually link to this page now! LOL.

    BTW Emm I should introduce myself. I'm Carey and I've only just discovered this site within the last 10 days or so. I like it a lot. Thanks Emm! You're doing a great job.

  39. Emm

    Post author

    @Tim - There's a few sellers out here who might 'resellers' or somehow doing business with. They are definitely the same parts, but most of them sound like 'built to order'. So don't expect it to ship the next day, but you will receive a nice rig for a cheap price if you can grab those auctions or Make Offer listings. Here's the link to that seller: eBay Seller with Gini DSLR Support Rigs and Parts

  40. Tim

    Hi all,

    I reported in comment 34 that I sniped a rig for 199 bucks from another seller (toto486). The guy made things exciting by being awfully late with his shipping, marking the item as being worth 40 bucks and putting my ebay name on there instead of my normal name which caused customs to hold onto the parcel. I had to climb into the phone to pry it out of their hands...

    but... it finally arrived and is of similar (read: perfect) quality. So... for one of you not in a hurry... he has one auction up at the moment for the same rig I got (ex-7) starting at 299, no bids yet...

  41. spaceflows

    @ Prince: Last night I put together a franken-rig using the Gini + A.S.S. (ala dslr video shooter's set-up) for an upcoming event I'm shooting... and it's pretty cool. I'll post a photo soon. The A.S.S. is worth a try, only $20 bucks, so if it doesn't work it's no big loss. At first I was a little wary of the stability of the A.S.S. with rails, handles, camera, and accessories piled on, but it seems to hold true. Easier on the fatigue-factor.

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