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#1 Marc Roessler

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 06:56 PM

Hi guys and girls,

I got a "daiwa" body rig for "wearing" smaller 16mm cameras (such as an Arri 16 ST).
It allows a very steady camera position, but I am having some problems wearing it
properly. Is anyone familiar with that unit? As far as I understand, the shoulder had should be
parallel to your head (so, pointing right forward). The problem is that the "belt level" stick
actually only reaches down to the stomach when the cameras is positioned properly,
and this is quite uncomfortable for holding the camera for a longer time.

Is there anything missing from this body rig, like a wide leather belt distributing the weight
across the stomach or something similar?

My feeling is that the rig needs to sit deeper, so I'd think I need some kind of adapter between
the camera and the rig that will make the camera sit higher by about 15 to 20 cm,
so the guts level stick will meet the body at belt level? Is this correct?

Greetings,
Marc

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#2 Marc Roessler

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 07:01 PM

Here's a closeup of the stomach level stick part... any belt missinng here? What are the screws for?
And why this strange ability to tilt, always to the wrong direction as it seems?

Greetings,
Marc

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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:39 PM

I usually only see those mounts used with DV cameras, in which case the camera is horizontally further forward from the operator's face, so the lower arm is angled at 45 degrees with the pad resting on your chest or belt.

If you shorten the lower arm as far as it goes, you could probably get it at the right angle so it rests against your chest. You won't need a belt for it.
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:25 PM

btw, I just received in the mail a "Peter Lisand" brand "LSP" camera support, that I got for $25 on eBay:

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It's a really solid piece of construction and perfect for my prosumer cam work. It'll probably work great with a Bolex or any other handheld film cam, as well.
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