April 15, 2015
NAB 2015

The Easyrig Vario 5 Is Easily Adjustable for Cameras Between 11 and 38 Pounds

Easyrig Vario 5
The Easyrig is among the most underrated camera stabilizers out there. The company's most recent product, the Vario 5, is its most versatile and adjustable yet.

The Vario 5 is capable of carrying cameras weighted between 11 and 38 pounds, which is no small feat considering the way the Easyrig is designed. Our very own David Plummer caught up with Johan Hellsten, the founder of Easyrig, to learn more about the Vario 5. Also, this is easily one of our more entertaining NAB interviews, so stick around to the end. You won't be disappointed.

You can watch Johan in action with the Vario 5 in this top secret video.

Here are the basic specs on the Vario 5.

  • Weights:
    • 2,5 vest and adjustable arm: 4.7 kg (9 lbs)
    • Cinema 3 vest and adjustable arm: 5.2 kg (11 lbs)
    • Gimbal vest and adjustable arm: 5.5 kg (12 lbs)
  • Heights: 
    • ​Mounted: 97 - 114 cm (38 - 45 in) 
    • Folded: 60 cm (24 in)
  • Suspension line length: 90 cm (35 in) when fully stretched.
  • Load range: 5-17 kg (11 - 38 lbs)
  • Hip belt sizes: Small, Standard and Large

It's not clear yet how much the Easyrig Vario 5 will cost, but it likely won't come cheap, as the other Easyrig models for heavier cameras routinely come in above the $3000 mark. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

Be sure to check out our comprehensive post with up to date information about all NAB 2015 announcements.


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I initially thought it was a steadicam parody video. HAHA

April 15, 2015 at 3:08PM

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Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / DP / Writer / Composer / Alexa Owner
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Spend $3,000(or more) or just hire a young, strong guy as the camera operator.

April 15, 2015 at 4:32PM

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treykaiza@gmail.com
Cat Herder
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We used one on a music video shoot a couple of weeks back. Our operator is a tough guy but holding an Epic on a Ronin for a day running through the woods is not something I'd wish on anyone without one of these things.

I was hesitant to rent in and push our budget further north but after even carrying the mounted camera to the location from the vehicles made me grateful I'd booked it. Our op wouldn't have been able to do the shoot AND he'd have been annoyed with me..

They rent for about 80GBP in the UK.

April 15, 2015 at 7:33PM, Edited April 15, 7:33PM

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Edward Mantle
Producer/Director
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Wow, you sound like management, or worse...wannabe management. Handholding cameras is not good for you...for anyone that wants a long career as an operator, easy rigs are a godsend. Shooting all day with steadicam (usually 60 lbs with an average setup for me) is easier than a day with a 25 lbs camera set up by far. And gimbal work where the camera is in front of you, not well centered on your shoulder? Forget about it, it's not healthy.

April 20, 2015 at 6:37AM

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Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op
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Great to see an inventor showing it himself not stopped by language.
Seems like he found a great solution.
Funny detail: he calls the MoVI a Ronin, lol.

April 15, 2015 at 4:37PM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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Nice to see a fellow Swede rocking the floor at NAB. If only the Easyrig was in a better price range I would most definitely be looking in to buying one.

April 15, 2015 at 5:09PM, Edited April 15, 5:09PM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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Viktor is that you?

April 16, 2015 at 7:04PM, Edited April 16, 7:04PM

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As someone who's used Easy Rigs usually for long interviews or unwieldy rigs I still can't believe the haven't changed their camera handle clip. It is such a huge pain in the ass for getting the camera quick on and quick off. Eye bold and a carabiner is way more convenient. Then for 3g the should have a cable lock so you can unload / load the camera safely without any fear of having the spring whip you in the face. Seen that a few times.

April 15, 2015 at 6:15PM

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Tim Naylor - DP
Director of Photography
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Holy moly this guy is endearing.

April 15, 2015 at 7:34PM

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Steve Yager
Filmmaker
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Modern life is spend 3000$ in a hanger...

April 16, 2015 at 5:42AM

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Chema Mumford
Filmmaker, Documentary, Cinematographer
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This is a cool idea for longer shoots but instead of having the adjustment in the back they should put it on the belt or on the arm above your head. A tension adjustment wouldn't be hard to integrate allowing for battery packs or gear on the back.

April 16, 2015 at 11:36PM, Edited April 16, 11:36PM

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Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker
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"And by the way uhhh you're film school did funny movie, with a carrot. Okay have a good show." Best NAB Interview yet.

April 21, 2015 at 10:27AM

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Brooks Bigsby
Lead Story Teller, Video/Graphic Designer @ Milestone Church
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