Photography and filmmaking may be expensive hobbies by no means thoughts should you truly intend to create a living at it so do your investigation and don't go crazy purchasing gear you don't require. Now that I have the rig I am substantially happier and creatively inspired to attempt new issues but that is currently tempered with thoughts of "Hmm... I truly need a greater tripod..." Given the troubles I had attempting to see what I was shooting on the Canon's tiny, blown-out-by-the-sun LCD screen I consider what I really require is an onboard monitor. Time to start saving the pennies...! This was the first time I was in a position to actually place my new DSLR rig by means of it is paces. This goes back to what I was talking about within the final post regarding the will need for stability when shooting and how a single demands to expand the camera into some thing closer towards the type factor of a conventional video/film camera. So we packed up the Glidecam HD 2000 and headed more than for the modest dock jutting out across the water. A really wonderful location but unfortunately it was so vibrant and sunny I could barely see the LCD viewfinder from the camera. Winging it and hoping for the most effective (thank goodness for those great concentrate marks on the Takumar lenses!), Melanie sat down on the edge on the dock and gazed wistfully out across the water although I fiddled about in the background like a very good ole camera geek. This is what I utilized to shoot Twinkle, Twinkle with and it was okay but just wasn't adjustable sufficient and didn't feel sturdy sufficient (those creaking plastic sounds are terrifying if you have $1,500 worth of camera relying on it's grip!). Also, getting a former IATSE camera assistant I've been spoiled together with the high-end gear and the notion of running around having a low cost plastic rig named following a cowhand just wasn't attractive to me... So why is this a lot greater than the poor old Cowboy who's been forced to hang up his creaky, plastic boots? Properly, for a single thing it's extremely strong and created totally out of machined metal parts so no more unsettling flexes or rattled nerves when bolting the camera to it. Secondly, it truly is very adjustable into many various configurations based on the requirements of your shot regardless of whether it is mounted on a tripod or getting made use of hand-held. Ultimately, it's based off of a standardized 15mm rod method which means there are plenty of, many other accessories that I can expand the rig with for instance a adhere to concentrate, matte box, onboard monitor, microphone, and so forth. The shoulder pad assembly is surprisingly comfy, can also be adjustable and may be expanded to take a battery accessory pack need to you need power for extra accessories. A massive predicament with DSLRs when shooting video with rigs like this really is they usually be a little bit front heavy so I may well sooner or later choose up a counterweight that I can attach towards the back of the shoulder pad. This is almost certainly the least expensive solution offered. Finishing the rig is this good set of handgrips that, like the rest in the rig, can also be highly configurable, sturdy and really nicely produced. It really is also super comfortable to hold and unlike the cheap handgrips which are out there, does not leave your hands stained or covered in small flecks of rubber.