April 30, 2015 at 8:02AM
Cheap shoulder rig, or cheap gimbal?
I need a handheld option for the microbudget movie I'm shooting. I'm going to be using a tripod or slider for the most part, but sometimes shooting handheld is going to be unavoidable. I'm trying to avoid shakycam as best I can. I need something small and cheap and stable... for roughly $100. I've no experience with this sort of thing before and I'm not sure if I should go with a shoulder rig or a gimbal.
I've been trying to decide between these options:
This $70 with the accessories for $120: http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-CXS-1-Shoulder-Stabilizer-Camcorders/dp/B00...
This $40 rig: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LF0QN0K?psc=1
or is a gimbal a better option?
There's this one for $60: http://www.amazon.com/OFFICIAL-stabilizer-construction-stabilization-sta...
and this $130 option: http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-SteadyVid-SV-HD-Stabilizer-Release/dp/B00DR...
I'm shooting on a Nikon D5300 using prime lenses. I'm going to be using separate system audio, although I might get around to buying a Rode Video Mic Pro to plug into the camera so I've got a back up. It's a light camera and a light lense, there's not going to be a lot of weight riding on this thing. I'm also planning on shooting in rough neighborhoods at night, so I'm trying to draw as little attention to myself as possible.