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CamStupid Movie Shoulder rig
on 25 July 2015
I cannot tell you personally how much I hate these blue handled things. Nothing screams rookie more than one of these, and particularly in the snobbery of the freelance filmmakers world (of which I apologise how much of it there is in this review from me too) these are a big no go, because they just don't have much of an effect. It would be useful if it was a tenner, but being 4x that, not worth the money.
The idea of it 'stabilizes' because it's another point of contact for the camera - the shoulder. But it's just not shaped enough to warrant any stability. Notice on expensive shoulder rigs, a shaped and padded shoulder pad with counter balanced weights - these are designed to add weight to the camera, and therefore reduce shake, and put more conscious and physical thought in to moving the camera.
There are quite a few similar looking rigs on Amazon - they are in fact all the same product, made in china, with a different company labeling. I'd recommend saving your money towards a better, more professional rig, or spending 1/4 of the money on an aluminium bar and a GoPro handle, and screwing them together. It will have the same effect. Polaroid even do a shoulder rig that puts a point of contact on the chest - even this works pretty well for the price, and will cater for some film making needs.