July 3, 2015 at 12:10PM, Edited July 3, 12:25PM


Yet another rig question

What's up ladies and gentlemen,

I'm 10 days away from my trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I'll be shooting a surf/travelling documentary.

I got some concerns, however. We (the crew) will be shooting this on 2 Canon 60Ds and a Panasonic GH4.

As for support, all we got is 2 tripods, a top handle (Scorpion Cam Caddie) and a Monopod (Manfrotto) but we were willing to invest the money on another stabilizer.

Which would you consider, under those circumstances, a smarter choice: a steadicam rig (like the Glidecam HD4000) or a shoulder rig (a cheap one though).

I like the look of a proper steadicam shot, but I don't think we'll be doing as much tracking shots, and neither of us have any experience with those, hence why I considered the shoulder rigs a better fit. We'll shoot the surfing mostly mounted on a tripod, but the handheld part (the rest) is pretty much uncovered. Think a rig is pretty much essential, right?

Mind you, it's a 30 day trip and the budget is as low as possible.

What you say?

Any good cheap, but good, rig options for a grad like me?

***Important note: We'll ship a box from BH to Mexico, so if you have any recommendations that's sold on that store... even better!

Thanks and let's shoot!


I highly recommend buying a cheap pistol-grip to use for handheld work with an optically stabilized lens. I use this with my GH4 all the time and the results are quite good.

Dot Line P&C Handgrip : $20 US

I also own a Manfrotto FigRig which is kind of big for my GH4 camera, but I am wondering if this SteadyWheel stabilizer could be used with the GH4 instead of the FigRig...

Wild Iron SteadyWheel : $125 US

July 3, 2015 at 2:40PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thank you for the help again, Guy!

Added the pistol grip to my cart. Always wanted to try one and for 20$, why not?!

I was thinking of buying this one, it's a one handed shoulder rig, but as per the reviews (and the price), it seems that it will be a good fit.


I must say it's a shot in the dark though. Ever tried/seen anything like this one?


JP Torres

July 3, 2015 at 7:53PM

Holy hell, thought many people had jumped over to give me advice. It was all spam. Damn you spammers!

JP Torres

July 4, 2015 at 5:25PM

>>>I must say it's a shot in the dark though. Ever tried/seen anything like this one?

I've tried it in the store and it seemed pretty well made. I've been tempted to buy one just to see if it's any good for video work. If you do buy one, post your thoughts on the NFS forums.

July 6, 2015 at 12:59PM, Edited July 6, 12:59PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Will do, Guy!

Just bought this one and the pistol grip. Will check back with the results when it's all done. :)


July 6, 2015 at 1:30PM

JP Torres
Director of Photography

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