So how good is a $45 Shoulder Mount Stabilizer? I decided to shoot some video to find out. Video clips standing still and even the pans were very smooth. More complex moves like walking and blurs were rocky even with lens image stabilization enabled. But, hey, this isn’t a SteadiCam.
In the video, you can see my shadow when I am walking on the boardwalk. I had the Canon 7D mounted on the Stabilizer with the Canon 15-55mm f/2.8 EFS (with IS enabled), Rode VideoMic, Hoodman Cinema Kit (with HoodLoupe 3.0, HoodEYE 3.0 and Cinema Strap) and carrying the Canon 100-400mm L in a LowePro Lens Case #4. After walking around for about 4 hours with this set-up, the cold beach weather was bothering me more than the weight of the equipment.
But, keep in mind, using such a rig will draw attention. I was stopped several times by people wondering if they were going to be on TV. 😆 People typically ignore me when I am shooting with just the Canon 7D, even when I have the VideoMic attached.
Overall, this was a great way to try out a Shoulder Mount Stabilizer without spending $1000.