How to build affordable a camera rig

  Traditionally, camera-mounted (camera rig) accessories were limited to being mounted on support rods, or perhaps on a mounting point on a top handle, which few, if any, DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras have as stock items. Plus, mounting anything on your camera’s body is going to introduce stress, and with the need to maintain tolerances of thousandths of an inch between your camera and its lens, stressing its body is a major no-no.

  Many companies have introduced cages of various sorts to protect your camera body and offer attachment points for accessories that allow you to mount accessories without stressing your camera body. My current camera of choice is the Panasonic GH5, and I’m still looking around for just the right cage to suit my needs. You can see all the choices for the GH5 here.

  Sevenoak SK-QBP01(Camera rig) is a universal 15mm railrod support baseplate designedfor use with Micro Four Thirds cameras, DSLRs, cinema cameras and small camcorders. It features standard 15mm rod compatible baseplate and top-loading quick release plate for fast camera attachment and detachment for you rig. SK-QBP01 includes a pair of 30cm 15mm rods for attaching optional rod-mounted accessories. For tripod mounting, the bottom of the baseplate offers 1/4” and 3/8 threaded holes. The height of this baseplate can be adjusted to adapt to different cameras.

  Something else to be aware of is that with some cages, cameras tend to twist. Many cages use small raised tabs that press against the front of your camera to prevent it from twisting. Some, that is, but not all. For example, the Zacuto “no-cage” cage uses the camera’s neck strap mounts to secure your GH5 and prevent twisting. Personally, I’d be wary of using a cage that relied solely on the 1/4"-20 mounting hole on the bottom of the camera to keep it from twisting.

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