The more time I spend with the Canon 7D shooting video, the more I start thinking about a shoulder mount stabilizer system. Of course, there are the kits by Redrock Micro and Zacuto for over $1000. Even, the newest kit on the market by Varizoom start at over $400. How would you like to give a shoulder mount system a try for less than $50!
Leave it to Adorama. They just introduced the Adorama “Hands Free” Camcorder & Digital Camera Shoulder Support Bracket for Professional Shoulder Support. It is designed to hold a professional video camera, but it also supports a dSLR shooting either video or still photography! I have been walking around with it with my Canon 7D, BG-E7 Battery Grip, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L and Hoodman Cinema Kit (HoodLoupe 3.0, HoodEYE 3.0 and Cinema Strap) for about 30 minutes, and the rig is awesome. I have the rig adjusted close to view directly through the Hoodman Loupe, but it can also be adjusted further away to view the LCD screen within a reasonable length.
This Adorama exclusive includes:
- adjustable shoulder mount with thin dense padding on the front rest and the over the shoulder rest
- two camera mounts (one short raised mount and one long flat mount)
- adjustable back strap (which could also be worn as a one-shoulder sling strap)
So what is it missing? Well, the Adorama unit is made from a heavy-duty composite resin. The more expensive units by Redrock Micro and Zacuto have a metal core, plusher padding and include a follow-focus ring.
But, if you are looking for an inexpensive shoulder mount for either dSLR video or still photography, look no further. Adorama has this exclusive unit in stock for $44.95 with Free shipping. BUT, as an exclusive for my readers, you can purchase the unit for only $34.95 with FREE shipping. This is a limited-time offer, so act fast.