April 11, 2016 at 6:20PM, Edited April 11, 6:22PM
Hotshoe handle supporting entire rig?
I currently have a Nikon D3300 DSLR, (a primitive camera in the filmmaking world, I know, but it's a good start) which I use to make short films.
I'm in the process of building a shoulder rig out of cheap eBay parts... Now before you tell me that's a ridiculous idea, let me just remind you all that my budget may as well be non-existent... I am only 15 years old after all...
Anyway, I have estimated that the rig, will weigh between 4 and 4.5kg, with counterweights and all. My primary concern, is whether it would be a smart idea to use a hotshoe mounted top handle, for holding the rig when transporting it, and primarily, low shots along the ground... It doesn't exactly seem like a good idea...
I plan to leave the camera in this setup pretty much all the time, for everything I shoot, for tripod shots as well, as that is what I've been doing so far.
I already have 180mm rails, baseplate and follow focus; but I am yet to buy the actual shoulder rig specific parts, and would really like to get a top handle at the same time, because at the moment I've just been holding the camera upside down by the baseplate for low shots... Primitive I know.
I just don't want to break my camera's hotshoe (or camera itself)
If any of you fellow camera operators out there could shed some light on the issue, that would be greatly appreciated.