Despite the recent prevalence and popularity of motorized gimbals, shoulder rigs remain as vital a filmmaking tool as ever. Case in point: the C1769 DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig, from Camvate. Featuring a dual leather handgrip system with ARRI-style rosettes, a fully adjustable baseplate arrangement, and a strikingly comfortable shoulder pad, the C1769 is an excellent shoulder-mount solution for DSLR and mirrorless shooters, and for good reasons.
When shooting for extended periods of time, it's essential that camera operators to minimize their fatigue. Camvate’s dual leather handgrip system affords camera operators comfort without sacrificing function.
The C1769’s dual handles feature stylish leather with tasteful cross-stitching. They are as attractive as they are functional―sitting snugly in the hand to provide an exceptional grip for prolonged shooting sessions. The ARRI-style rosettes can be tuned without having to remove the rig from one’s shoulder, optimizing rotational adjustments with the handles. This allows the operator to find their optimal handle angle as quickly as possible.
The C1796 also features a quick-release baseplate that is fully height adjustable and comes equipped with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting screws. Neighboring the baseplate is an offset Z-bracket that conveniently places a camera monitor within the eyeline of the operator. It also distributes the rig’s load on the operator’s center of gravity, thus reducing arm strain and overall fatigue. This sets the C1796 apart from many other straight rod shoulder rigs on the market.
Assembly of this rig is reasonably straightforward. There are four 15mm aluminum rods in total, with the longer 30cm pair placed in front to hold the handles and the baseplate. These two pieces are completely maneuverable along the length of the rods. The remaining 20cm rods accommodate the shoulder pad, which is incredibly comfortable, even on the longest shooting days.
Overall, Camvate’s C1769 DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig kit offers great ergonomics and comfort to camera operators at an even better price. Between its optimized adjustments and lightweight construction, it is a great option for mirrorless and DSLR shooters. Consider one for your next extended gig!
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