Chrosziel Releases Lightweight Support Shoulder Mount for Sony FS5

This is a major improvement for handheld cinematography.

Schneider Optics has announced that Chrosziel GmbH will be releasing a purpose-built shoulder mount for Sony PXW-FS5 cameras. The new Lightweight Support (LWS) 401-FS5 is said to provide optimum balance for handheld camera.  

The new baseplate features a slim design with a sturdy and ergonomic shoulder pad that slides into a comfortable location for balance on the shoulder. The system also offers two 205mm-long 15mm rods, with a threaded insert for extension rods. The integrated Hirth rosettes provide mounting points for accessories such as Chrosziel Leather Handgrips. An integrated V-mount reliably affixes the camera to most quick-lock plates. 

The LWS mounts to the camera base at several points for secure positioning. It can also be combined with the Chrosziel 19mm DigiCine Bridgeplate 401-F235 to provide support for large zoom lenses. Chrosziel’s LWS 401-FS7 provides similar functionality to the Sony PXW-FS7 camera.

The LWS 401-FS5 is shipping now.

Tech Specs

  • Sliding and ergonomic ShoulderPad, extensible for perfect balances on the shoulder
  • Hirth rosettes that perfectly combine with the telescopic extensions of Sony PXW-FS7 Handgrip (also fits for Sony PXW-FS5)
  • Lightweight Support safely fixed on the camera base with several screws
  • Rod Clamp for Ø 15mm rods, incl. new captive Clamp Lever
  • Incl. 205mm rods, threaded and extendable
  • Optional Rear Rod Clamp 401-FS7-5R-01 for additional accessories, like batteries or breakout boxes
  • Dimensions (with Shoulder Pad): L 210 mm, W 113 mm, H 45 mm
  • Weight, incl. V-Lock Plate, Schoulder Pad and rods: 625 g / without rods: 517 g

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I think you forgot to mention "sponsored post" on this page. Not really seeing how this is a "major improvement for handheld cinematography".

May 26, 2016 at 1:39PM, Edited May 26, 1:39PM


Forgive me if my conversions are off, but is this kit $1106? That's only a few hundred less than Zacuto's FS5 rig, that comes with a Z-finder specifically made for the FS5. Am I missing something extra here that makes this trump the rest?

May 27, 2016 at 3:58PM

Craig Douglas
Editor/ Videographer

Nope, seems to me it is completely useless without some sort of viewfinder adapter like the Zacuto rig. I got my Zacuto recently and used it last week. I liked it a lot. One advantage this Chrosziel has over the Zacuto rig to me is the adjustable shoulder pad. I'm a big guy and could have really used a bit more wiggle room on the shoulder pad position.

May 31, 2016 at 1:01PM

Joe O

It is german. I guess that is what they might have thought trumps the rest when they decided to price it that high :D

June 4, 2016 at 11:26AM


Too expensive for me. Hopefully, it will be lighter than the Zacto rig. For now, I'm adding a Lanparte LANC extension arm to my Franken-shoulder-rig and calling it good for less than $550.

May 28, 2016 at 10:23AM

David Patterson