A few days ago I tweeted a couple pics of my new Run and Gun DSLR Rig, the Cowboy Studio (CBS) Shoulder Support Pad. Since then I have received a lot of requests for more information and additional pics, so here we go….
For those unfamiliar with the product it’s basically a low cost, lightweight shoulder rig, and retails anywhere from $20.00 to $30.00 online. I have used other DSLR rigs, including the Red Rock Micro eyeSpy Standard, which sells for $826.50. However, I must say I greatly prefer the CBS solution. One of the biggest features I like about the CBS rig is that it can be completely hands free. While using the Red Rock Micro system, I often found myself needing to use both of my hands, which was simply impossible. With the CBS I can do just that. Ohhh..and did I mention how comfortable it is? It’s much lighter then anything else I have tried and put’s less strain on my back and shoulders, which allows me to go longer with less fatigue.
I just completed shooting my second music video with this rig and for under $200, I have built a system that is really working for me. With the addition of the Express35.com rail system($129), I am now able to attach my D|Focus Follow Focus and Express35.com handle grip($49.99). I did look at other possible rail solutions for my new $20 rig, including Jag35.com, Red Rock Micro, and Zacuto, but they did not have a complete system that I was looking for. I would have had to order this plate, then this other thing, and then that thing, meanwhile the total price was going up and up. At Express35.com, I got everything I needed in their rail system, not only did it come in all black, which I like, it includes (2) 10 inch rails, (2) rail blocks, (1) tripod mount plate and (1) DSLR camera mount plate with removable riser. I added a Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate and my hi-speed, run and gun rig was complete.
I will have additional pics with camera attatched in the coming week.
Thanks for stopping by! -Rod
**12/29/2010 Update - I just want to be clear, this $20 shoulder support does not come with the pictured rails, follow focus, and handle. These are all items I purchased separately to add to the kit. However, it does come with plastic pieces that will allow you to connect your camera right away (pictured right). I did not especially trust these parts and that is one of the reasons I have decided not to use them. Please view Caleb Pike’s video to see both configurations, setup with kit parts, and setup with a professional rail system.
**2/12/2011 Update: Just posted part II of this review with video, click here.
**5/5/2011 Update: CHECK OUT MY NEW VIDEO SHOT ALMOST ENTIRELY WITH THIS RIG