Contrary to popular belief, Do-it-yourself DSLR shoulder rig have to be less expensive than buying a person instantly. If you're able to ensure it is properly, why don't you make a single by your self to save a good deal? For virtually two decades, I have searched in vain for just a DSLR shoulder rig that does what I need it to complete, at a value I'm prepared to pay out. But final week, I finally cracked the code. Immediately after using a glance at Ikan corp's new Recoil XT shoulder rig (and realizing it absolutely was ergonomically and technically NOT the rig for me), I obtained the reasoning to combine affordable factors from Jag-35 having an inexpensive shoulder inventory that Philip Bloom when raved about from DotLine Corp. As well as the result's, for that 1st time actually, I've acquired precisely what I would like. An inexpensive shoulder rig that: one. Including follow focus for clean cinematic concentrating about the fly two. Light as possible ?Do no shoulder-numbing counter stability weights should be additional. three. Well balanced C I can absolutely permit select my palms devoid of the rig falling above. four. Ergonomic C Z-finder is positioned in front of my correct eye; I'm able to easily use rig for more time than a couple of minutes. 5. Could be easily reconfigured ?Do digicam can quick-release for use on tripod. Okay listed here are the element components, and just how a lot each and every expenditures: From Jag-35: $59.99 DSLR tripod plate enables mounting to inventory and attachment of rails $139.ninety nine Fast Launch Gorilla Stand attaches to rails letting Zacuto Gorilla plate to quick-release camera on and off $65.00 Zacuto 15mm rods 6.five $189.99 D|Focus follow focus V3 From B&H: $69.95 Dot Line DL-0370 Hands-free video stabilizer Total cost: $524.92 (see update below for the way to shave almost $40, bringing total cost under $500) Total weight: two.five pounds, together with strap *Also needed will be the Zacuto Z-finder, mounting frame, and gorilla plate. But I won't count that in the cost of the rig, since it's really a separate bit of mandatory kit. You might think that it would be hard to breathe while holding still a rig that rests partially on your lower chest, but it's not that bad. The digital camera will move slightly every time you take a breath, but it's easy to adjust your breathing pattern slightly for maximum stability (it simply involves being mindful not to push out your chest when inhaling Do it's easy to expand lungs down and sideways instead). I was worried that the $69 stock would be cheap plastic, and it remains for me to use it awhile before the verdict is fully in. But it feels very solid. And as far as the Jag-35 components go, I've been very satisfied with the quality of their gear. It's not top-of-line stuff, but it's solid and dependable and simple, and a fraction of the amount of competitors like Zacuto. That's a winning combination for me every time. UPDATE: Incredibly, I just found an apparently identical version of the $69 stock listed on Cowboy Studio via Amazon for $29.95. How's that for just a deal? Brings the total cost of this rig down to under $500.