January 17, 2016 at 10:19PM, Edited January 17, 11:17PM
balancing a rig to work with short and long lenses
Hey, everyone. I'm putting together my first dslr rig to be used on my shoulder and a tripod with minimal attaching/detaching of parts (the usual story). I'm running into a brick wall with balancing it all. Most base plates on the rigs that I've seen (the part that attaches the whole rig to a tripod) are directly under the camera/cage. How, then, do setups like these manage to work with both short primes and long zooms without getting horribly unbalanced (or do they)? Wouldn't the camera have to move back to line up a long lens with the follow focus? Do you just have to re-balance everything whenever you switch? There's probably more or less to this then I'm seeing, but I haven't found much conversation on it.