on 23 February 2015
Not a bad fixture at all, but it does feel a little too flexible at times. It's made of a stiff plastic that seems robust, the padding is adequate for several days of continuous handling. I was using this item with a 4K video camera on the main plate, and a mic input device on the top mount and after 4 days continuous shooting at the NAMM show this year it was still fine to hold.
One issue I had was the placement of the legs. They are fairly sharp plastic and when you're holding the frame from underneath so you can operate the camera controls it's difficult to avoid having your hand pressed into them, which is a bit annoying. I'm going to file them down or cut them off completely.
Overall, for the money, you can't do any better. It performed excellently. Although if you have a requirement that involves more energetic movements then I'd suggest buying two just in case one breaks. I was originally looking for something in aluminium but they want ten times the price of this one and they offer no additional features.
Five stars because it worked well, just be aware of the small ergonomic factors. If you need one, get this.
on 26 August 2014
I got this as a lightweight mount for my Panasonic HDC-SD60 camcorder. It is made out of tough plastic, however it does feel quite robust. It is great for moving, low POV's and also for holding high above the head. The foam rubber grip is comfortable, and non-slip. The shape of the mount allows for much more freedom of movement when using the camcorder, and it is easy to change hands to move it around. I have only done some test shots as yet, but so far the results seem to be much better than I thought, and it certainly gives less 'wobble' than the usual grip position of holding the camcorder. I have also tried it with my Canon DSLR, which is much heavier, and again it performs well, although I had to re-mount the RODE video mic which I use with the DSLR onto the top cold shoe of the mount. I also use the DSLR for video, but as the image stabilisation isn't as good as the Panasonic, the Canon is generally used for static tripod shots, but this mount gave acceptable results.
In conclusion, better than I thought it would be for the price.
on 11 November 2013
Delivered before minimum date quoted. Boxed and bagged packaging. This unit appears to be identical to some others, with slightly different foot or bracket curve, on some. All of the others I have seen are more expensive. Product exactly as described and although I have not yet used it outside it appears to up to the job.
Very good value for money