DIY Adjustable Offset for Cheap Shoulder Support

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 wanted an 'offset' for the LCD ViewFinder. I just happened to look through random parts in the studio and this Macro Rail works awesome! It's an all metal bracket that adjusts through gears and can be locked into position. These rails are designed to mount your camera to slide forward, back, or mount the camera for side to side adjustments. Now I have mine mounted under the camera, but if you choose to mount your entire set of rails over the adapter, that will also work. Why didn't anyone think of this before? It's perfect!!

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20 thoughts on “DIY Adjustable Offset for Cheap Shoulder Support

  1. DL

    Does anyone with experience know any reason why this would NOT be useful for improving something like the Glidecam 1000 Pro?

  2. Ash

    This is a great solution to offset the camera, although what if i wanted to put a quick release plate on the rig. Would there be a way to do this with this setup?

  3. Dan

    Hey Emm.
    I see the hole you drilled in your 'cheap shoulder rig" for the original placement of the H4N. I'm glad to see the plastic brace hasn't snapped. I was worried about drilling a hole into plastic and if the zoom would be safe back there (when I invariably back into something). Is this why you remounted it to the top of your rig?
    Thanks. I'll follow your link for the rail.

  4. spaceflows

    Great find here, Emm! This totally solves my right-handed/left-eye dominant shooting issues! There's a joke in there somewhere... 🙂

  5. Noel R

    Hi Emm,

    I just made a video tutorial on how my rig came together. Thank you for all your good work, ideas and recommendations. The video is 18 mins long, but hopefully, informative. Here's a link to my Vimeo page.

  6. Emm

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    @Dave - The macro rail will also add a little bit of height too, but if you have a decent set of rails, it's possible to just add a rod to the side for vertical adjustements.

  7. Dave

    Yeah, the 70-200 is heavy! I want to use it with the rail/shoulder support to shoot sports (football/basketball). Without the offset I am forced to use an external monitor (adding more weight). The only other concern is the height. Even with a battery pack and rail system, the camera is still a bit too low to use the LCDFV comfortably.

  8. Noel Roque

    This is a gr8 idea Emm! Im glad I held off buying other parts till this posting. I just got the piece at Ebay via BIN. Can't wait to mount it up. I'll send pics then. Thanks for all the gr8 work. You save us $$$ while keeping it Pro!

  9. Emm

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    @Dave - wow 70-200? yeah the rail is all metal and i dont see why it wouldnt work. i have a 70-200 in the studio to test later. if you saw my setup im using the 18-270 tamron. should be a well lit convention for this general lens with IS.

  10. Dave

    I've got the same Express 35 rail system with the Cheap Shoulder Support (thanks to you). Would this sliding rail be sturdy enough to support a Canon 70-200 IS lens? Having the offset and eliminating the 7" monitor would be great!

  11. Emm

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    @Stephendiaz - I guess it could, but it moves one tooth at a time and would add extra height.

  12. hey do you think this would work on top of a flycam?? like to adjust the side to side/ front to back more accurately without moving the top plate?? let me know what you think

  13. Emm

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    @Mike - No flash brackets. Just Express35 for most of it on cheap shoulder support. I made a top handle from Gini arms which is where the Zoom is. The macro rail allows for offset.

  14. Perfect, as I can also use this for photos.

    Also, could you do a quick explaino your recent Twitpic (the one of the CES rig)?

    Looks like the $24 shoulder mount, with a express35 front end, Rode mic, Zoom H1, the flash bracket and the macro slider, but, then I look more closely and see a bunch of extra rails (maybe genus?)

    what are the rails mounted under/to the side of the Zoom H1 for? and the red lockers/knobs that are between the Rode and H1?

    And thanks for your site. I'll be buying my accessories through your links. Super helpful as I make video a hobby.

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