Thoughts on the Element Technica Mantis
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:59 AM
Anyone have thoughts, suggestions, or solutions? I know there's the EZ rig, but for purposes of this discussion, I'm more interested in non-wearable options.
Also for purposes of this discussion, let's pretend film actually has a bit more life left in her.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:13 AM
bong bag with neck strap...I know you have one
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:23 AM
Eric, you want to chime in here about how Tiffen rigs suck?
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:32 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:39 AM
Sliding base plate as well. It can make you look up a tad to the eye-piece and even contort your head a little to get to it depending on the set-up, but its balanced.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:41 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:44 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:19 PM
I'm also with the shoulder pad crowd...
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:25 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:17 AM
Remove the shoulder pad so the body of the camera can rest freely on your shoulder for balancing. Using a piece of thin foam for the shoulder pad.
Holding and controlling the camera from the matte box rods.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:10 AM
With all these front-heavy cameras nowadays I also recommend the shake-weight that James Puli mentioned in the "what the hell is that?" thread. I also use the weight when watching Pedro's videos.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:40 AM
the foam and paid for the postage, you're not far off the price of the purpose built pad....although the shake-weight probably trumps both of our ideas.
Edited by James Davis, 25 April 2012 - 10:42 AM.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:21 AM
Most here would know about the Element Technica stuff, so here are a couple of other solutions to consider.
Baseplates and shoulder rig system bits & pieces that relies largely on an ARRI dovetail as the basis of the system. (site is not well organized you have to dig a lot):
Shoulder pad that is close to the rods but it is a 15mm block (not studio spacing):
Some stuff at the Baer-Bel & Cam-Tec sites may be of use as well: