January 3, 2012

Edelkrone's Pocket Rig is the 'World's Most Compact and Light DSLR Rig'

I saw some nifty rigs from edelkrone at last year's NAB, and while I haven't done any real-world shooting with their products, their latest rig caught my eye: the aptly-named Pocket Rig claims to be the "World's Most Compact and Light DSLR Rig." Here's the release video:

The feature list:

  • There isn't anything as small, as lightweight and as fully featured as the Pocket Rig.
  • For the first time, stabilized videography can be as light and mobile as photography.
  • When it's mounted to the base of a DSLR, it looks no bigger than a battery grip.
  • When it's expanded, it transforms into a fully-functional shoulder stabilizer.
  • The Pocket Rig is so small that you will forget that you have it attached, yet it will serve you instantly, anywhere you have your DSLR.
  • We sized it to fit - and look good - even with a compact DSLR like the Canon T3i.
  • It is 100% machined aluminum and stainless steel, yet it weighs less than many professional lenses (just 1.25 lb.).
  • Pocket Rig has industry standard 15mm rods folded inside. The rig is ready to accept follow focus, matte box and handle attachments.

399,00 € (about $500 USD). The initial batch is sold out, with current availability of late January.

Link: Edelkrone Pocket Rig

[via Cinescopophilia]

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Its the same people that made the handyslr, I bought a handyslr when it first came out, it was a great first rig, they have excellent customer service, my rig was missing some parts that came out later in the production line, and they sent me a whole new rig including the parts.

the pocket rig seems great, just a tad overpriced maybe?

January 3, 2012 at 4:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I really like this, however, the pieces it is combining here, a set of rails and a striker-like stabilizer, aren't really cumbersome enough to warrant the additional price of having them built into one foldable unit. However if I didn't already have versions of each, and the price came down a bit, I would probably pick one up. I could see this being big for on the go journalist type shooting as well.

January 3, 2012 at 6:12PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


That looks so handy.

January 3, 2012 at 6:19PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This looks great, really clever and the type of thing I am interested in. One of the things I like about DSLR are the smaller setups but I wouldn't pay more than $350 for it.

January 3, 2012 at 9:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Agree, overpriced. dslr film makers are getting raped

January 5, 2012 at 8:53PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Can't tell from the video, but it LOOKS like you can have the stabilizer bar and the ords out front for a follow focus at the same time? If so, that's pretty awesome. $500 seems a little steep but honestly I'd be tempted anyway, seems ideal for the run-and-gun sort of stuff I do.

January 3, 2012 at 9:09PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


awesome. only a little expensive.

January 4, 2012 at 1:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Compact: ... :(
Lightweight: Shaky

I'll stick with my huge redrock dual monitor rig! ^^
Heavier it is, more stable it is, but I guess its good for wedding videography type uses

Good stuck

January 4, 2012 at 5:52AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I have two thoughts on the vimeo video, one is tangent-y.

The product - about $250 too pricey, but looks like a solid MacGuyver shooting thing. But who am I to judge when they're selling out, right?

The video - Okay, so remember a while back on nofilmschool when Vimeo's pricing model was explained? Doesn't this vid technically violate the agreement of a "Plus" user... wouldn't this be "Pro"? I ask because a friend of mine had a Vim+ account, posted something similar, and had his video pulled, and I'm close to jumping ship on Vim+ altogether for it. I'm getting the impression that Vimeo is only cool with the cool kids. And that's not cool at all!

Source, including comment from the Vimeo guy named Blake:

January 4, 2012 at 7:07AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Rev. Benjamin

That's an interesting concept - but at the same time you can get a full-fledged shoulder bracing rig, like the newest one from Jag35, for less than half the price. I guess this would be good for air travelers that pack everything carry on?

January 4, 2012 at 7:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yep. As others, I would also say that it's a great product, but it is overpriced. Hey, maybe if we say that enough, they'll lower the price, huh?

January 4, 2012 at 8:14AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Seems like pretty decent deal

January 4, 2012 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


looks like a handy tool for documentary work, stealth/guerrilla shooting, and snuff films ;D

January 4, 2012 at 11:21AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

John Jeffreys

Still a bit pricey.

I still think homemade rigs are adequate, depending on your budget.

Here's a new short of mine using a homemade rig.



January 4, 2012 at 5:34PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Dirk, can you post a picture with your DIY rig? I am thinking about making one

January 5, 2012 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Love the idea, but would never pay that much for it.

January 5, 2012 at 10:16AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


For $250, maybe $300, I'd most definitely buy this. IMHO, it's in the price range of many superior rigs and as I can't see it out performing those, this should be priced according to what it really is. A great little rig you use when you don't want (or need) to take out the larger, more "stable" one.

I really like this though.

January 7, 2012 at 4:06AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Why is these dslr products are are so much expensive???

January 13, 2012 at 4:31AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Seriously the design looks cool, but how do these companies think they can survive charging $$$ like this? 800 Euros for a follow focus wheel?!? Its a piece of plastic.

January 13, 2012 at 6:16AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Saw this at NAB last year fell and fell in love with the design. When they announced the price I winced, but still bought. I already have a shoulder rig, but found it was way too slow and cumbersome at times for the type of doc shooting I do. So far I have not taken it off my camera. It sets up in less than 30 seconds and feels solid without adding too much weight. I agree that it could be cheaper, but I don't feel like a sucker for paying what I did.

January 18, 2012 at 5:03PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I like the idea too, but way too pricey for an amateur like me. I have a DIY shoulder rig but it is too cumbersome at times. Thus I'm looking for a shooter style rig for speedier use. It seems like this style rig would be stable enough, especially since I'd be using a viewfinder with it -- so three points of contact. Just wish I could find this type of shoulder stabilizer for cheaper.

January 26, 2012 at 2:58PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Just thought I'd share that the price has come down since this article was published. It's now $299.

April 20, 2012 at 12:33PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Hero N.

I just got the Edelkrone's POCKET RIG, directly from Turkey. The product is excellent, a masterpiece of engineering. The e-marketing of Edelkrone, however, is most regrettable, ranging from abuse.
First, from the date of payment via Paypal (26/08/2012) until receipt of the goods have passed 24 days! That is, bad management of stocks. The worst thing, however, has been the sending itself. Edelkrone indicates that operates with DHL International. Insured shipping charge 13.49 euros. They do not indicate, however, that customer will be charged upon receipt of the merchandise, almost 40% percent of expenses (office, "steps", VAT). Exemplified in my case: 1) Paid to Edelkrone via Paypal: 558 euros (pocket rig + follow focus) 2) Paid to DHL receipt of the goods: 200 euros. This amount is the result of application of 21% VAT, the "rights fee" of 3.4% and 63 euros (¿!) of "border management" to DHL.

Clearly Edelkrone know what happens. If you operate with DHL is easy to calculate the real price of the received goods. Suffice request this information from the carrier. With this datum on the Edlekrone's Web, of course, nobody in the EU would buy their products. This is a clear abuse by omission.

Sorry strongly recommend NOT BUY PRODUCTS OF EDELKRONE FROM SPAIN VIA INTERNET. It's a shame, because they are magnificent. But selling online requires some ethical principles that Edelkrone completely ignores.

Juan Antonio Rodríguez Tous
Seville (Spain)

September 27, 2012 at 1:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

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