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Opteka X-GRIP EX MK II Aluminum Video Action Stabilizing Handle for Cameras & Camcorders

by Opteka

Price: £34.61 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Stabilizes your video
  • Reduces fatigue over lengthy filming sessions
  • All aluminum construction supports up to 10 lbs
  • Shoe mount & eight ¼" threads to mount accessories
  • Tripod mountable

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Item model number: XGRIPEXMKII
  • ASIN: B008FQ0Z1A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 July 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Product Description

The X-GRIP EX MK II is a lightweight aluminum video stabilizing handle designed to fit DSLR's and compact camcorders. The X-GRIP EX MK II will provide necessary stability to action video shoots, assist with low-angle shots and alleviate fatigue during extended filming sessions. The X-GRIP EX MK II features all-aluminum construction, soft cushioned grip handle, and plenty of mounting options for microphones, lights and other accessories.

Features
~ Stabilizes your video
~ Reduces fatigue over lengthy filming sessions
~ All aluminum construction
~ Lightweight Design
~ Soft cushioned grip
~ Multi position camera mounting system
~ Accessory mounting shoe for microphones, lights, etc
~ Eight 1/4" threads to mount other accessories
~ Tripod mountable
~ 1 Year warranty

Specifications
Construction: Aluminum
Max Camera Height Supported: 5" (127mm)
Max Supported Weight: 10 lbs (4.53kg)
Accessory Mounts: One Accessory Shoe & Eight 1/4" Threads
Carrying Options: Foam Padded Top Handle
Tripod Mountable: Yes (multiple 1/4" threads on base)
Dimensions (HxLxW): 9.8 X 9 X 3.4" (20.3 x 22.8 x 8.6cm)
Weight: 14.1 oz (400g)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Doornink on 9 Jan 2014
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Great metal handle. Feels good, professional look and no plastic. I had to search for it, but I'm very satisfied with this handle.
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By George Wren on 10 Jan 2014
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Great handle for filming lines, keeps the shot steady and the handle feels sturdy, the camera feels like one big camera when attached to this
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By boo hoo on 26 Aug 2013
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Nice and sturdy compared to the plastic models the foam cushioning feels nice in the hand although I'm not sure how it will be once my sweaty hands have used it a lot.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorgen on 23 April 2013
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good steady aluminium video action stabiliser. great build quality strong and durable. I will be looking at more opteka products in future.
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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good basic handle, much better choice than plastic alternatives. 2 Aug 2012
By aldolega - Published on Amazon.com
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Just received the handle. Unfortunately the foam wrapping the handle was split/ripped, but the box was fine, and everything had been very well-packed, so I think this was just a fluke from the factory. Maybe 47th St or Opteka can replace this for me? I may just wrap it with some bicycle handlebar tape.

Anyways, it's a big improvement over the plastic equivalents (the first X-Grip or the Cam Caddie) as it is much more rigid and solid. Well worth the extra money to get rid of the bounce/wobble the plastic handles suffer from. The extra 1/4"-20 holes will be nice for mounting accessories- I am actually going to use the uppermost set on the vertical bar to mount a counterweight, to make the rig balance at the grip point with my DSLR mounted at the front.

I've seen people ask if this will fit a DSLR with a battery grip- this will depend on your specific camera and grip, as different combinations will be different heights. The max vertical clearance between the rubber pad the camera sits on and the bottom of the thumbscrew that mounts the shoe-mount is about 5.25". If you remove the shoe-mount it is about 5.75". You could very easily use a shorter 1/4"-20 screw to attach the shoe-mount (instead of the thumbscrew), and that would give you a max clearance of about 5.625".

So, measure your camera with its grip and it just may fit. My 60D with a Meike grip (clone of the Canon grip, batteries slide out the side) is just a smidge too tall to fit comfortably (with the shoe-mount removed from the handle). It looks like it would just barely fit, with the bottom of the top bar resting on the top of the camera's shoe, if I peel off the rubber mat the camera sits on (or shave it down so it's flush). I'm guessing the 7D and 5D2/3 will be in a similar situation, as I think they are a bit taller than the 60D. I think any of the Rebels or a GH2 would be fine though. Fortunately I'm ditching the grip for shooting video and will just be mounting a Manfrotto 577 quick-release plate under my 60D, which will fit just fine. I think I will also be adding a shoe-mount adapter coming down from the top bar to mate with the camera's shoe, so the handle will be attached to the camera at the top and bottom.

One easy, free mod I would recommend for anyone using this handle, especially if it's with a small video camera where the weight will be low in the handle, would be to slide off the foam, remove the two screws attaching the metal "box" (which creates the grip area), and re-mount it on the bottom side of the top bar (the holes go all the way through, so you can just thread the screws in from the bottom). This will put your hand a good inch closer to the camera/center of gravity, which will help keep the rig from swinging side-to-side. All this takes is a 2.5mm allen wrench and some patience with the foam (assuming yours isn't already mostly falling off like mine).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great product at that price! 19 Sep 2012
By Peter Metzger - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a "scorpion"-type handle for your video making, this is the one to get. It's about $10-20 more than the plastic models, but it's totally worth the extra money. The metal construction makes it a lot stronger and sturdier than the plastic models and that really helps give it a good, stable feel. But because it's a sturdy aluminum, it doesn't make the weight of the rig too large. The handgrip is nicely padded and the shoe mount swivels and can even be removed. My only complaint is the bolt to hold the camera to the rig feels a little cheap, but still does the job perfectly (and will cost little to replace if It ever fails).
I couldn't be happier with my choice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
X-Grip EX is Awesome! 13 July 2012
By Asa R. - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased the Opteka X-Grip EX Mk 2 and I love it! The aluminum construction is much sturdier than the previous model. I film bmx videos and with the old x-grip rolling shots would be shaky but now the stronger x-grip keeps the video more the way i want it to look! Totally worth the 50 bucks and i recommend it to any skater, biker, bladder, or anyone who needs a top handle for filming. Thanks Opteka! its about time you release the EX Pro ill buy that one as soon as it comes out!

If you want to check out my bmx videos go to: [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Upgrade!!! 27 Sep 2012
By KeithHalterman - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased this handle to replace my old handle. (the plastic version of this handle) and found it to be an excellent upgrade. Its sturdy and comfortable. I am a professional skateboard videographer and I need my handle to be sturdy with zero shake. I am very pleased with the way this handle moves with me. The downsides... the screw that attaches the camera to the handle is not fixed in like the previous model, so for storage I have to screw it into a side mount. I can see my self dropping the screw on site somewhere and possibly losing it. (not that big of a deal) I also have noticed that there is a very small amount of shake going up and down. (very small amounts) and lastly, it is still too light weight for my taste so I am using a counter weight for a ore steady shot. Overall, I give 4 out 5 stars. Great product!!
Works much better than plastic model 30 July 2014
By Sabako - Published on Amazon.com
1, Reason why I chose :
I first bought "Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder Action Stabilizing Handle- Black" and its plastic base broke off quickly. So, I was looking for a better build model.

2, like & dislike :
This is very well made and durable. I installed Really Right Stuff QR clamp and have using this in the field for more than 6 month. It's been working very well. Much better than cheap plastic model.
I mostly use this with EOS 6D (w/o vertical grip). It works perfect! I tried this with EOS5DMKIII (w/o vertical grip) but it was too tall and didn't fit.
It could be just a little taller (vertically higher).
Others I tried was Canon VIXIA camcorders. They all worked fine.

3, Recommend this product to :
If you're looking for this type of handle bar shape stabilizer, this works pretty well.

4, Price :
Under $50 for this is worth the price.
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