Hi, I've a Canon HG10 and I just bought a CAMs 35mm DOF adapter and a Canon EF 50mm 1.8f lens.
My cam feels pretty heavy now and I'm afraid of damaging the thread so I'm thinking of building a rig for better support.
I've a standard cheap tripod. What's the most important thing to get? I think rails are the key and from there just expand it when I have money.
I also need a lcd monitor to flip the image and a micro and shoulder support. What can I do with 400$? I know is not much but my equipment is not really that advanced...
I just film for passion, I'm not a professional.
also get yourself this off of eBay :
The Giottos MH-1304 Pro Series II Mini Ballhead with MH-110C Camera Platform
you'll pay $19.95 for it on eBay, in retail packaging.
if you want the battery for the LCD monitor, CoolLCD.com sells that also. This battery is very nice because it screws to the back of the LCD
monitor for times when you aren't near a wall socket to power your LCD monitor with the AC adapter from a wall socket. This LCD monitor
also comes with a remote control and a cigarette lighter adapter so you can power it from a car, a boat, etc, or portable power box that has
a 12 volt socket.
Buy from where you wish, but prices differ.
One last thing - to hook up your LCD monitor to the hot shoe of your video camera, first establish if your hot shoe is a mini or regular hot shoe size
like the hV20, HV30, HV40. If so, then you can order a piece from another eBay vendor which works very well to hook your LCD and swivel ball head to
your actual camera via the hot shoe.
** that hot shoe adapter will only work with regular size hot shoes ! **
Thx for the info! I tried coollcd.com but the web is down don't know why.
The giottos seems nice for the price.
I think the shoe mount is the same as the hv20 since the hg10 is the same cam but with harddisk instead of tape.
Do the lcd have a flip switch or something or do I need to put it upside down?
What about the rails? what do you recommend? Is it really necessary for my rig?
EDIT: Just tried the coollcd web again and it works!
to get it for $188, you email them and say you want to go in on a group purchase, even though there is no group "sign up list" just tell the guy you heard about the pricing, as this is what everyone does and he doesn't turn anyone away. He knows of DVXUser.com and Cinema5D.com
As for rails, you can try the IGUS rail. For $158 or so, you get the rail ( amazing rail + the carriage ) which results in very very smooth footage. The rail for that price is 1000 mm long ( not sure what that is in feet ) a good 4 feet or so.
That rail is what many rail makers use that are buying from IGUS and then just re-selling it for many hundreds more.
There's a group on DVXuser, that you can check out, it has all the info
for the IGUS slider, including the 2 part numbers you need, and their phone number.
here's a guy in Germany showing the raw IGUS rail you get, and the carriage.... I went his way and did what he did.... works very well and didn't take long to drill the hole for the screw that goes into the bottom of my video camera.
Interesting option for a heavier setup with 35mm adapter and the works. Acrylic is pretty strong though, and he rates his DSLR rig to hold up to 5 kg. For me, I can't see my setup going over 2 kg. I believe he also offers a solid rod option (the default is hollow), which would probably double their load limit.